A group of anti-nuclear campaigners have this afternoon assembled peacefully in the central lobby of Parliament, risking arrest by taking part in an unauthorised demonstration. They formed a silent circle and refused to leave.
New UK Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth has faced a call to delay plans for the Trident nuclear weapons system until MPs have chance to debate them, with a motion asking for a discussion of the decision in Parliament.
Campaigners from Scotland have been proposing to UK chancellor Alistair Darling an alternative budget which does not include spending on nuclear weapons - arguing that that there are massive savings to be made.
The Methodist Church has welcomed news that Gordon Brown has pledged to consider cutting Britain’s nuclear arsenal. The UK will begin to scale back its stockpile of nuclear warheads if Russia and the US agree to new reductions, the prime minister said yesterday.