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SCOTTISH First Minister Nicola Sturgeon gave a boost to the Rethink Trident campaign yesterday by signing up to it.
Rethink Trident — organised by CND and Compass and backed by a range of unions and campaign groups including the CWU, War on Want and Pax Christi — seeks to build a broad coalition against renewing Britain’s murderous nuclear arsenal.
“By joining forces, we can be a powerful collective voice against wasting £100 billion on Westminster’s Trident obsession,” the Scottish National Party leader declared.
“That £100bn could be far, far more effectively used on improving healthcare, childcare, education and building a better future.”
Scottish CND secretary Alan Mackinnon welcomed Ms Sturgeon’s move, saying it was “an excellent time to question the whole issue of nuclear weapons.
“There’s growing support for a global ban on nukes, with 115 countries across the world agreeing with such a ban.”
Labour MSP Neil Findlay said he “looked forward to more and more people taking this position, so we can speak with one voice against the renewal of weapons that only have one purpose — the mass killing of large numbers of our fellow human beings.”
Former Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy’s enthusiastic support for Britain retaining nuclear weapons has been seen as contributing to the party’s humiliation north of the border in May, when it was left with just a single Scottish seat at Westminster.
New leader Kezia Dugdale has opposed “unilateral” nuclear disarmament, but said earlier this week that Labour should not be afraid to debate Trident at its Scottish conference at the end of October.
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