Thousands of protestors gathered today (1 April) at the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Aldermaston, calling on the government to scrap the Trident nuclear weapons system and cancel its replacement.
Opposing expenditure of £100 billion on new nuclear weapons, the crowds listened to impassioned speeches from Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett, Jeremy Corbyn MP, fashion designer Katharine Hamnett, and many more.
Kate Hudson, General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) said, "It is testament to the strength of opposition to Trident that so many have joined us here today. The British people know that £100 billion spent on building a Cold War weapons system is £100 billion stolen from the coffers of other vital public needs. That is why a majority oppose Trident replacement."
She concluded, "We have until 2016 when a parliamentary decision on Trident replacement is due to make clear to the government that jobs, healthcare, transport, education and renewable energy mean more to the people of this country than a strategically redundant, economically untenable, indiscriminate weapons system."