- Published on Wednesday, 30 September 2015 14:44
On 20 January the House of Commons voted on an SNP motion which called for the plan to renew Trident to be cancelled. Only 19 Labour MPs supported the proposal. One of them was Jeremy Corbyn. This gives an insight into the current situation in the Labour Party. While the new leader is genuinely committed to nuclear disarmament, only a minority of his MPs share this view. This contrast was highlighted on 29 September at the party conference in Brighton. Delegates passed a report from the Labour Policy Forum which included a paragraph which reaffirmed their commitment to renewing Trident. A short time later Jeremy Corbyn gave his leader’s speech in which he restated his opposition to British nuclear weapons. The following morning he told the Radio 4 Today programme that he would never press the nuclear button if he were Prime Minister.
- Published on Friday, 25 September 2015 13:59
Wednesday 24th September was a busy day for disarmament activities at the Scottish Parliament.
First off, we had the First Minister. Nicola Sturgeon, signing the Global Parliamentary Appeal for a Nuclear Weapons Ban . This is an appeal form current parliamentarians for 'all national governments to negotiate a treaty banning nuclear weapons and leading to their complete eradication'.
- Published on Friday, 18 September 2015 13:58
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Alan Mackinnon.
Alan played a central role in Scottish CND and the wider peace movement in Scotland over three decades. He was Chair of Scottish CND from most of the years between 1990 and 2011 and Secretary from 2013. In 1990 and 1991 he coordinated protests against the Gulf War. In 2001, within days of the attack on the Twin Towers in New York, Alan took the initiative of pulling together representatives of civic society in Scotland to challenge the anticipated American response. He chaired the Scottish Coalition for Justice Not War which organised Scottish opposition to the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, including the massive demonstration outside the SECC in February 2003. While his own political affiliation was to the Communist Party of Britain, he was always keen to draw together representatives of a range of political parties, trade unions and religious groups to work together for peace and nuclear disarmament.
In his leadership of Scottish CND he constantly strived to build opposition to Trident. As well as mobilising public opposition in a series of rallies, he was a key member of the Scottish Government’s Working Group on Scotland Without Nuclear Weapons and contributed to their report, published in 2009.
- Published on Tuesday, 15 September 2015 15:45
- Published on Saturday, 05 September 2015 08:24
- Published on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 09:50
- Published on Monday, 31 August 2015 12:41
Today George Osborne ignored the democratic wishes of the people of Scotland by announcing that the Conservative Government would press ahead and renew Trident. The Scottish Parliament voted against Trident renewal in 2007 and 2014. In May Scots elected 59 MPs, 57 of whom stood on a platform of rejecting Trident. But Osborne is turning a deaf ear to our views and those of our elected representatives.
The Chancellor's announcement at Faslane was presented as bringing jobs to the Clyde. However, when questioned by BBC Scotland Osborne acknowledged that the £500 million expenditure was "partly to ready Faslane for Trident replacement". He added "These new Trident submarines when they come are going to be with us for decades" and explained that they would still be in Scotland in 2060.