Budget day call by MPs and campaigners to 'cut Trident'

Budget day call by MPs and campaigners to 'cut Trident'

By agency reporter
20 Mar 2012

On Budget Day, 21 March, MPs and campaigners will call on the government to rethink its £100 billion spending commitment on nuclear weapons.

Jeremy Corbyn MP will introduce the statement and will be followed by MPs highlighting their own spending priorities on personalised placards . The statement coincides with the launch of a new CND briefing: 'Cut Trident and its replacement'.

Campaigners will then assemble at 11.30am opposite Downing Street to protest against the government's priorities. Campaigners dressed in hospital scrubs, academic mortarboard and gown and firefighters uniforms will be shouldering the burden of a large Trident missile to highlight the impact of the coalition's spending decisions.

Kate Hudson, CND General Secretary, stated:"Trident is economically catastrophic and strategically redundant. At a time of such savage and indiscriminate spending cuts, committing £100 billion to nuclear weapons is simply unjustifiable.

"The government has conceded that Trident serves almost no strategic purpose and it is now on the back foot. Pressure is mounting from both inside and outside Parliament to follow through the overwhelming economic and strategic arguments to their logical conclusion: Trident must be scrapped."

Read the MPs' statement here: http://bit.ly/ygOVhr

CND report 'Cut Trident and its replacement': http://tinyurl.com/847636g

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