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Manifesto Analysis

    

On this page, you will find out which Parties have spoken out on nuclear weapons and nuclear disarmament. We aim to keep this page updated as new manifestos are published. If we have missed a manifesto or public policy statement by any Party, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Manifesto Analysis - Parties Currently Represented at Holyrood

PartyWhat does their manifesto say?Where do their candidates stand?
Scottish Greens BE A FORCE FOR PEACE
The Scottish Greens believe in a world free of nuclear weapons. We will:
•Oppose the housing of nuclear submarines and weapons in Faslane.
•Amend the Marine Scotland Act to ban the movement of nuclear weapons through Scottish waters.
•End government support for businesses involved in the nuclear weapons supply chain.
•Issue prosecution guidance against the enforcement of charges against non-violent activists involved in protests against Faslane base and transport of nuclear weapons on Scottish roads.
•Seek observer status in the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs and the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative.
•Campaign for the establishment of nuclear free zones in Europe and the Middle East.
•Contribute to global efforts to build peace and resolve conflict by committing to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and establish a Scottish Centre for Peace tasked with researching non-violent conflict resolution and hosting international summits, talks & negotiations
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Multiple candidates have pledged support
Scottish National Party (SNP) Scotland’s money spent on Scotland’s priorities – not nuclear weapons.
Opposition to Nuclear Weapons:
We will maintain our firm and unequivocal opposition to nuclear weapons - both in principle and to their location in Scotland.
This includes opposition to replacement of the Trident nuclear missile system and to the UK Government plans to increase the number of nuclear warheads.
We want to see a world free from nuclear weapons, and an independent Scotland will be a strong and principled advocate for nuclear disarmament on the global stage.
We will maintain Faslane as a traditional military and naval base.
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Multiple candidates have pledged support
Scottish Liberal Democrats Nuclear weapons are not mentioned in the Liberal Democrats' manifesto
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Some candidates have pledged support
Scottish Labour Nuclear weapons are not mentioned in Labour's manifesto
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Some candidates have pledged support
Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party Nuclear weapons are not mentioned in the Conservatives' manifestos
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No candidates have pledged support
Reform UK

 

No candidates have pledged support

 

Manifesto Analysis - Parties Not Currently Represented at Holyrood

PartyWhat does their manifesto say?Where do their candidates stand?
Abolish the Scottish Parliament Party

 

No candidates have pledged support
Alba Party The Scotland we seek is a Western European democracy, operating in co-operation with its neighbours in the British Isles and beyond, through international organisations. Our defence posture will be non nuclear and we will remove weapons of mass destruction from Scottish territory at the earliest feasible date.
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Additional statement from the Party Leader on 22 April 2021: ALBA is making Independence a priority in this Election to bring about the change Scotland needs.
Independence gives Scotland the opportunity to pursue nuclear disarmament at home by removing Trident nuclear submarines from the River Clyde and in the World by signing the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Any party that I lead will always put nuclear disarmament front and centre.
ALBA fully supports the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. An independent Scotland will be proud to ratify it.
I give this undertaking today, on behalf of ALBA, that every candidate elected to the Scots Parliament will work to make nuclear disarmament a priority. Each MSP elected will speak out publicly in favour of nuclear disarmament and nuclear non proliferation and, if elected, sign up to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) Parliamentarians pledge.

 

Multiple candidates have pledged support
All for Unity Nuclear weapons are not mentioned in All for Unity's manifesto
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No candidates have pledged support
Animal Welfare Party Nuclear weapons are not mentioned in the Animal Welfare Party's manifesto
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No candidates have pledged support
Communist Party of Britain We would fund these changes by (...) Cutting British military spending, including scrapping Trident, and ending all state subsidies for arms exports
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Some candidates have pledged support
Freedom Alliance

 

No candidates have pledged support
Independent Green Voice

 

No candidates have pledged support
Renew Re-examining the advantages and disadvantages of existing and planned military capabilities, setting out a roadmap to ensure our defence forces are modern, credible, robust, and ready.
Supporting both the Modernising Defence Programme, which has had unfortunate delays, and our nuclear programme as part of a package for protecting our national security
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No candidates have pledged support
Restore Scotland

 

No candidates have pledged support
Scotia Future

 

No candidates have pledged support
Scottish Family Party Nuclear weapons are not mentioned in the Scottish Family Party's manifesto
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No candidates have pledged support
Scottish Libertarian Party Nuclear weapons are not mentioned in the Scottish Libertarian Party's manifesto
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Additional statement on the Party's policies: Just as the individual does not have the moral right to initiate violence so too does government not have the moral right to initiate war; just as the individual may respond with force to defend their life, liberty, or property, so too may government morally engage in armed conflict to defend the life, liberty, and property of the people that it represents. (see website)

 

No candidates have pledged support
Social Democratic Party Maintain and update Britain’s nuclear defence capabilities – essential in a world where unstable regimes have, or are, developing a nuclear capability.
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No candidates have pledged support
The Liberal Party

 

No candidates have pledged support
The Reclaim Party

 

No candidates have pledged support
Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition No to war:
No to imperialist wars and occupations - fight for a socialist world to end conflict and oppression
Scrap Trident. No more spending on a new generation of nuclear weapons and huge aircraft carriers. Convert arms spending to create jobs, public services and socially useful products
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Some candidates have pledged support
UK Independence Party (UKIP) Nuclear weapons are not mentioned in UKIP's manifesto
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No candidates have pledged support
Vanguard Party

 

No candidates have pledged support
Women's Equality Party Nuclear weapons are not mentioned in the Women's Equality Party's manifesto
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One candidate has pledged support