Owen Thompson, SNP MP for Midlothian, will offer his support to representatives of Scottish groups opposed to the replacement of Trident, the UK’s nuclear weapons system, when they attend a Stop Trident mass lobby at Westminster next Wednesday 13 July ahead of a planned vote to renew the Trident Weapons system next Monday.
The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament has called the mass lobby, along with 20 other UK anti-nuclear organisations, asking constituents to visit their MPs in person and share their opposition to the renewal of Trident at a cost of at least £205 billion.
The lobby comes ahead of the parliamentary vote on Monday 18th July, unexpectedly called by David Cameron at the weekend, on whether or not to replace Trident.
Mr Thompson has been clear on his opposition to the replacement of the weapons system. In January 2016, Mr Thompson sponsored a Ten Minute Rule Bill in the House of Commons calling for an end to convoys of nuclear weapons on the streets of the UK, after numerous contacts from his Midlothian constituents raising concerns over convoys passing close to their homes, businesses and schools. The Bill was granted a second reading but was talked out by opposing MPs.
Owen Thompson MP said:
“I am delighted to meet the delegation from Scotland and to accept their letter from constituents across Scotland condemning the renewal of Trident. As my SNP colleagues and I have pointed out many times before, Trident is an obscene and immoral weapon of mass destruction, especially in this time of financial uncertainty.”
“It is absolutely indefensible for this Government to plan further austerity measures which will impact our most vulnerable constituents disproportionately, while at the same time preparing to spend over £200 billion on replacing Trident. ”
“It’s time for the UK Government to rid this Country, and the World, of these weapons of mass destruction”
Janet Fenton, Secretary of Scottish CND said:
“The UK government can win Commons support for their intention to renew Trident. Yet a block of the SNP, the Greens, Lib Dems and Labour MPs could seek for a delay to the decision, given the current political chaos.
“Let’s be clear – this is not about some strategic abstraction. If you vote for renewal you are indicating your readiness to kill millions of people, to cause hideous suffering to many more and to risk triggering a global climate catastrophe.”