Election 2015: Will YOUR candidates vote for Trident in 2016?

Trident Vote 2015A decision on whether or not to replace the UK Trident nuclear submarine system – at a cost of £100bn – is due in 2016 and successfully elected Members of Parliament in the forthcoming 2015 General Election will have to vote on this.  CND wondered how parliamentary candidates are intending to vote.  We wrote to candidates in our area of Hall Green, Yardley and Solihull and asked them the four CND questions about their views on Trident at this time.  We are publishing the views received by CND (nationally or locally) in response to these questions.

The four questions asked are:

  • The UK’s submarine-based Trident nuclear weapon system is approaching the end of its operational life. Do you think the UK should replace its nuclear weapon system?
  • The next government will conduct a Strategic Defence and Security Review. Do you think that should consider the possibilities and implications of scrapping and not replacing Trident?
  • The next government will need to attend the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in New York. Do you think it should support a nuclear weapons convention or ban, similar to those for chemical or biological weapons?
  • The next government will have to decide whether to carry out the current coalition government’s projected austerity programme. Do you think spending £100 billion on Trident replacement can be justified?

To find out whether the person you are thinking of voting for has answered these questions, or otherwise whether they have given any indication of how they feel about Trident click on your Constituency name below.

Hall Green

Solihull

Yardley

Your chosen candidate missing?  It may be that they are still planning to respond, when they have time.  However, in a few days we will also give email addresses for missing candidates, so that you can write to them yourself, if you would like to.

 

Debate in Parliament

There was a debate in Parliament 20.01.2015. The motion was:

Trident should not be renewed

Roger GodsiffRoger Godsiff was present and voted for the motion. He spoke at length. Here are some points he made:

Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Hall Green) (Lab):


I have always believed that NATO is the most successful mutual defence pact in history […]

I am one of the people who regret the change in strategy that resulted in NATO becoming the world’s policeman. That was dangerous, and it has put enormous strain on NATO, but it is still an effective mutual defence pact. I shall argue that that is how we get our security, rather than with the mythical idea that we have an independent nuclear deterrent […]

The UK does not own the missiles on its submarines. It leases Trident II D5 missiles from the United States […] I would say that we are totally dependent on America.

We acquired these weapons from the USA.

I would argue that we are far better off maintaining and developing our conventional forces […]

I also believe that the greatest threat to this country comes not from other countries but from groups, some of which operate outside this country but some of which operate within this country. In a choice between spending money on conventional weapons and improving our international security of committing £100 billion to a mythical so called independent deterrent, I know which I would choose. That is why I will be voting against my party and in favour of the motion.

You can read more of what he said and the whole debate here:Trident Renewal [20 Jan 2015]

John Hemming was not present at the debate but his stated position is that he believes that less money should be spent on Trident, and more on conventional forces.  less money on Trident and more money on conventional forces

It is worth reminding us of the workings of politicians: billions of pounds have been spent on the renewal of Trident already, i.e. before the Main Gate decision. So when the final Gate decision is going to be taken the arguments will be that we have spent so much already so that it will be wasteful not to continue.

(The development of the replacement submarines was broken down into three phases: concept, assessment and construction. The concept phase lasted from March 2007 (House of Commons vote) to May 2011 (publication of Parliamentary Initial Gate report). The assessment phase will last from May 2011 (Initial Gate) to the Main Gate decision, expected to take place in 2016 (as stated in the Strategic Defence and Security Review in 2010, and again in the initial Gate report). The Main Gate decision is where authorisation for construction is taken.)
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The Hall Green CND aim is to ask Hall Green and Yardley election candidates about their views on the renewal of Trident and post their answers on this site.

Xmas 2014

Christmas Fair - sharpenedFind  us on Saturday 6th December 12 noon – 3 pm  at St Michael’s Christmas Fair,  17 Redstone Farm Road, Hall Green, B28 9NU  Grab yourself a piece of bargain bric-a-brac at our stall,  try some homemade goodies or just come along for a chat and find out how to get involved.  

cropped-cnd-christmas-stall-08.jpgThe St Michael’s Christmas Fair is a popular and lively community event which has now been running for many years – many other stalls too – and some people do most of their Christmas shopping here!  You can find St Michael’s on the map below. 

St Michael's Xmas Fair

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 Offers of help, bric-a-brac, books, jams, cakes would be most appreciated.  Please bring  to Hall Green CND on the day – we start setting up from 11 a.m.

ASK JOHN HEMMING TO SUPPORT ANTI-NUCLEAR EDMS!

We usually find we are lucky in our two MPs for Hall Green and Yardley.  They both support the aim of getting rid of Trident (Although John Hemming has explained he is not fully opposed to nuclear weapons or power).  However this time Roger has stolen a march on John and gets more Brownie points  … can you help encourage John?

There is an Early Day Motion EDM 854 to send the UK government to the Mexico Conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons in February. Roger Godsiff, MP for Hall Green has signed this and he has even tabled a Parliamentary Question to the Home Office:

whether the UK will send a delegation to the forthcoming conference in Mexico in February on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons and if not, the reasons for this decision

Roger Godsiff has also signed  to call on the government to cancel plans to replace Trident by signing EDM 150.  John Hemming,MP for Yardley, has not yet done so.  Please ask him to do so.

Roger Godsiff has also signed EDM 855 to call for a nuclear weapon free zone in the Middle East. Again, John Hemming has not yet. Please ask him to do so. Please go to  where you will find more information and a “standard letter” to send. Also, letters to thank Roger Godsiff for having signed the above EDMs.

Time to scrap Trident: Aldermaston. 1 April 2013.

Time to scrap Trident:  ‘Stop fooling with nuclear weapons’ Aldermaston Event: 1 April 12 noon.  

Aldermaston Atomic Weapons Establishment

Aldermaston Atomic Weapons Establishment

The purpose of the event is to highlight the site’s atomic bomb-making function as we head towards the 2016 decision point on whether or not Trident should be replaced. Vast sums of money are being poured into developments at Aldermaston, even before any decision is taken – (as yet, there has been no parliamentary discussion.)

No person or nation has the right to threaten human extinction – Britain should lead the world into a world free of nuclear weapons – not towards development of more nuclear weapons!

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