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Manifesto statements on Trident

 The published manifestos now show where all the parties stand on Trident. Labour, the Tories, the Lib Dems and UKIP are all in favour of spending billions on Trident renewal. The SNP, Scottish Green Party and SSP are opposed. 

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SNP Manifesto 2015:

"Scrapping Trident

We will oppose plans for a new generation of Trident nuclear weapons and seek to build an alliance in the House of Commons against Trident renewal. We will vote for the £100 billion that the Westminster parties plan to spend on Trident renewal to be invested instead in better childcare, education and the NHS ...

"For no new nuclear weapons – we continue to oppose nuclear weapons and will seek to block a new generation of nuclear weapons, saving as much as £4 billion a year in the mid-2020s ...

"At a time when thousands of our citizens are forced to use food banks, there can be no doubt that spending billions on a new generation of nuclear weapons is unjustifiable. A vote for the SNP is a vote to halt progress on Trident renewal, delivering a saving of £100 billion over the next 35 years. ...

"The SDSR [Strategic Defence and Security Review] must also fully consider the advantages of a defence policy without weapons of mass destruction and wasting £100bn renewing Trident. We will continue in our principled opposition to nuclear weapons and believe that the UK should abandon plans to renew the Trident nuclear missile system. In addition, the MoD should also publish in full current and projected annual costs of the Trident system and its proposed successor programme, including nuclear weapons through-life costs ...

"none of us can afford the £100 billion they [Tories, Labour and Liberal Democrats] plan to spend on new nuclear weapons."

(SNP manifesto)


Labour Manifesto 2015:

"Labour remains committed to a minimum, credible, independent nuclear capability, delivered through a Continuous At-Sea Deterrent. We will actively work to increase momentum on global multilateral disarmament efforts and negotiations, and look at further reductions in global stockpiles and the numbers of weapons." (Labour Manifesto)

The Scottish Labour Manifesto 2015 makes no mention of Trident.


Conservative manifesto 2015:

"We will retain the Trident continuous at sea nuclear deterrent to provide the ultimate guarantee of our safety and build the new fleet of four Successor Ballistic Missile Submarines – securing thousands of highly-skilled engineering jobs in the UK." (Conservative Manifesto)


Liberal Democrat Manifesto 2015:

"Step down the nuclear ladder by procuring fewer Vanguard successor submarines and moving from continuous at sea deterrence to a contingency posture of regular patrols, enabling a surge to armed patrols when the international security context makes this appropriate. This would help us to fulfil our Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty commitments and reduce the UK nuclear warhead stockpile" (Lib Dem manifesto)


Scottish Green Party manifesto 2015:

"it’s time for the UK to play a new role on the world stage. a Green Government will deliver a foreign policy based on peace, a global deal on climate change and a halt to the arms trade. We will disarm the trident nuclear weapons in the Clyde, and scrap the Vanguard-class submarines. Workers will be reskilled and redeployed to provide defence of the strategically important northern seas from faslane and Coulport. We will leave nato and collaborate on security with our neighbours without the use of weapons of mass destruction. We will reduce military spending and reorient the armed forces away from the projection of power and towards defence, Un-sanctioned peace-keeping, conflict resolution and international humanitarian efforts." (SGP manifesto)


UKIP manifesto 2015:


Faced with rogue states such as North Korea and Iran, which have developed advanced nuclear capabilities, UKIP does not believe now is the time to be talking about or proposing nuclear disarmament and we support Trident renewal. " (UKIP manifesto)


Scottish Socialist Party manifesto 2015:

"The SSP have been active in the peace movement for decades now. We have always supported the need to rid Scotland of Trident. We believe the £100billion earmarked for Trident would be much better invested in housing, healthcare, education, social services and eradicating inequality which would lead to a stronger society. Scottish CND have said the time-scale for removing weapons of mass destruction from Faslane and Coalport would take two years. We support this view. We will continue to protest against their existence until Scotland is nuclear free. We have also expressed our solidarity with the workers at Faslane and Coulport. We will ensure their skills are used elsewhere for peaceful purposes." (SSP manifesto)


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