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NLC Oppose Renewing Trident


10/10/15


North Lanarkshire Council will write to the UK Government to oppose plans for renewing the Trident nuclear weapons system.

Councillors last week called the nuclear deterrent “morally bankrupt” and “total madness” as they voted unanimously to oppose its renewal.

Councillor Jim Smith, depute leader of the council, said: “Nuclear weapons have no place in our society.

“By replacing the Trident weapons system, all we would be doing is encouraging others to increase nuclear weapons stockpiling, which flies in the face of all previous international agreements. It will cost anywhere between £40billion and £100bn to replace Trident.

“At a time when we are struggling to provide vital services to the people who need them, this is indefensible. Spending tens of billions on these weapons of mass destruction is morally bankrupt. The key point is that here is a weapon which cannot be used and which does nothing to deter the real threat to national security which now exists in small cells within terrorist groups making bombs and not in large-scale nuclear programmes. The Cold War is over and we should make our voice heard on this issue.”


The SNP group leader Tom Johnston called the proposed spending “total madness”.

North Lanarkshire is a member of the Nuclear Free Local Authorities group, and the council instructed their chief executive to write to the UK Government setting out objections on moral, social, economic and military grounds.