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Scottish CND conference on saying no to Trident

by Bob Fotheringham
Issue No. 2053

Around 80 people attended a CND-organised conference to discuss the replacement of the Trident nuclear weapons system in Glasgow last Saturday.

Speakers included Sandra White, a Scottish National Party (SNP) MSP, and Labour MP Katy Clark.

There was general agreement that the majority of the Scottish population was against Trident.

The Scottish parliament, while not in total control, should do all in its power to harry the London government to remove Trident from Scotland.

This includes blocking the movement of Trident on Scottish roads, looking at the health and safety issues and the possibility of the new SNP-led Scottish Executive hosting an international peace conference.

Katy Clark said, “If Trident was removed from Scotland then the London government would simply look to relocate the nuclear warheads in England, most probably in Devonport.”

However, other delegates pointed out that this would require a massive building programme and would meet mass opposition in England.

Some delegates argued that CND should organise a demonstration outside the Scottish parliament during the summer to encourage the new executive to honour its commitment to remove Trident.

Unfortunately, this suggestion was not taken up by the organisers.

But it remains an idea that all those in the anti-war movement and anti-Trident camp need to consider.

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Tue 29 May 2007, 18:53 BST
Issue No. 2053
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