Majority of British Population say No To Trident: Do Local Candidates Agree?

National CND has compiled a range of polls from a range of national newspapers – from The Independent to The Sunday People – take your pick.  The majority say no to Trident replacement.  Check it out here

What do YOUR local candidates think?  We are writing to all local candidates in the area we cover, and will be listing the results as they come in.  Watch this space.  You may also like to write to candidates yourself   There are helpful tips from National CND here If there is still no response from a candidate  in most cases this now means that the candidate has been approached, but has not yet responded.  You may wish to draw your own conclusions from that.

Yardley

John Hemming (Lib-Dem) – Sitting MP.  In email answer to the questions:

(1) Would you vote for or against Trident replacement?  John confirms that his is answer is against, and:

(2)  If elected will you back UK support for a nuclear weapons convention, John confirms his answer is yes.

He stresses that he is not a unilateralist, however.

Lynnette Kelly (Labour)? Has been asked for views, but not responded.

Meirion Jenkins (Conservative)? Has been asked for views, but not responded.

Selly Oak

James Burn (Green Party) Has stated in an email that he is very much against Trident replacement.

In answers to National CND said that if they were to be elected he would vote against the replacement of Trident
Said that if they were to be elected he would back UK support for a Nuclear Weapons Convention, banning all nuclear weapons internationallyNigel Dawkins (Conservative)??

Steve McCabe (Labour) Known to support Trident Replacement.  For more information about Steve McCabe’s views see Voting Record on \’They Work for You\’

Dave Radcliffe (Lib-Dem) Has responded to a questions, in an email, as follows:

Question 1 (If elected would you vote for or against Trident replacement.)
The Lib Dem policy is that there should be no like-for-like
replacement of Trident and that Britain should adopt a cheaper, more
minimal system, should it prove necessary to maintain a nuclear
deterrent as a result of the Strategic Defence Review.

Question 2 (If elected will you back UK support for a nuclear weapon
convention?) We unequivocally support the goal of a world without
nuclear weapons, and we will continue to support steps toward such
multilateral disarmament.

Hall Green

Jo Barker (Conservative)?? Has been asked for views, but not responded.

Jerry Evans (Lib-Dem) is recorded as having supplied the following answers to National CN

Said that if he were to be elected he would vote against the replacement of Trident.  Given an unclear answer as to whether he would back UK support for a Nuclear Weapons Convention, banning all nuclear weapons internationally

On the Convention they he said: It depends on the circumstances and detail

Roger Godsiff (Labour) (Sitting MP, currently for Sparkbrook constituency  boundaries being withdrawn.)

Information on National CND website for Roger Godsiff;

Roger Godsiff of the Labour Party has:
Said that if they were to be elected they would vote against the replacement of Trident
Said that if they were to be elected they would back UK support for a Nuclear Weapons Convention, banning all nuclear weapons internationally

The following statement has also been agreed between Roger Godsiff and Hall Green CND: ‘Roger Godsiff has tabled five separate Early Day Motions on Trident (1422, 1957, 407, 340, 380)  These EDMs have, consistently, opposed the replacement of the Trident submarine system.  The expense is not justified, and it should be born in mind that the Vanguard class submarines currently carrying the missiles will remain usable until 2024. (1422, 407) Recent pressure on public finances (380) is also mentioned as a consideration.  Money saved could go on jobs, education, housing, sustainable energy etc.  Not replacing Trident would also enhance the UK’s influence at the UK Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to be held in May 2010 (380)  These weapons also do nothing to protect the UK against the threats of terrorism or climate change and may encourage non-nuclear states to develop their own systems (380).’

Salma Yaqoob (Respect – The Unity Coalition) has given the following answers to National CND:

Said that if they were to be elected they would vote against the replacement of Trident
Said that if they were to be elected they would back UK support for a Nuclear Weapons Convention, banning all nuclear weapons internationally

Solihull

Lorely Burt (Lib-Dem) (Sitting MP) Known to oppose Trident.  Lorely has now supplied one of our supporters with a very detailed personal answer which can be downloaded as two pages:  Lorely Burt Trident Issue Letter p. 1 and Lorely Burt Trident Issue Letter p. 2 (This may be a little hard to read in its original form.  We suggest either clicking on the pages to enlarge, and then using the screen arrows to navigate,  or printing out.)

Sarah-Jayne Merill (Labour)?? Has been asked for views, but not responded.

Maggie Throup (Conservative)??

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Meriden

Simon Slater (Lib-Dem) Has been asked for views, but not responded.

Nikki Sinclaire (UKCP)

Caroline Spelman (Conservative)  sent the following response, by email:

The Conservative Party position is clear – we are committed to keeping and
replacing the submarine-based nuclear deterrent and it is the only
programme that will be exempt from the defence review.  The new deterrent will
 enter service in the 2020s and will likely be in service until the 2050s.
No-one can predict what will happen over that time and the nuclear deterrent
serves as an insurance policy against nuclear blackmail.  It is also an unfortunate
reality that the proliferation of nuclear weapons remains a significant issue in
current international affairs.  The concerns shared by the international community
over North Korea and Iran illustrate this.  Given this reality we feel it would not
be wise to be contemplating scrapping our nuclear deterrent and we feel this expenditure
is crucial for the security of this country.

Elly Stanton (Green) Has been contacted.  No response.

Ed Williams (Labour)

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