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Lamont silence on Trident


Scottish CND today criticised Johann Lamont for failing to speak out against Trident. Over the last few days there have been statements on Trident from Philip Hammond, Nick Clegg, Nicola Sturgeon and many others. But there has been no response from the leader of the Scottish Labour Party.
Scottish CND wrote to Ms Lamont on 7 September, asking for her views on Trident. No reply was ever received.  She was also the only candidate in the contest for the leadership and deputy leadership of the party in 2011 who did not respond to a survey on Trident.
Arthur West, Chair of Scottish CND, said,
"Trident is emerging as a key issue in the referendum campaign, but the leader of the Scottish Labour party has refused to say anything about it. Does Johann Lamont want Weapons of Mass Destruction to stay on the Clyde for the next 50 years? Does she think that this is the best way to spend £100 billion? Does she support the twelve Scottish Labour MPs who want to scrap the plans to replace Trident? The Scottish people have a right to know where she and the Scottish Labour Party stand."
Scottish CND sent letters to Johann Lamont and Willie Rennie on 7 September. Willie Rennie replied on 18 September. No response has been received from Johann Lamont.
The Scottish Labour MPs who have signed EDM 96 against Trident replacement are: Michael Connarty, Graeme Morrice, Jim Hood, Mark Lazarowicz, Ian Davidson, Anne Begg, Shiela Gilmore, Katy Clark, Frank Doran, Sandra Osborne, Eric Joyce and Jim McGovern. (http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2012-13/96)
Writing in the Guardian today, Poly Toynbee has questioned where Labour now stands on Trident.


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