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Shadow Trade Minister Wilf Stevenson has said it is "completely bonkers" that the Ministry of Defence lobbies for the interests of private arms companies.
Ekklesia associate director Symon Hill is speaking at a lunchtime Labour Party conference fringe meeting in Liverpool today, sponsored by the Christian Socialist Movement.
Christian students have joined protests at the London arms fair this week, ranging from lobbying MPs to a nonviolent blockade of the arms fair entrance.
MPs from the six main parties in parliament are calling for an end to the sale of weapons and military equipment to all authoritarian regimes.
The National Gallery called in the police to remove nonviolent campaigners who objected to an evening reception for visitors to the London arms fair.
The London arms fair has opened to a storm of controversy, with protests outside Parliament, the offices of arms companies and at the gates to the event itself.
Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, however much time you’ve got, you can help to tackle the arms fair today. The most important thing you can do is simply to speak out by telling someone about the fair and why you oppose it.
UK ministers have invited the governments of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Algeria to send delegations to the London arms fair, which starts today.
Two NGOs have expressed alarm that the arms company BAE Systems will this week showcase a new “autonomous” military drone at the London arms fair.
Warships arriving at the London arms fair have been delayed after their route was disrupted by critics of the arms trade taking nonviolent direct action.