70 years on – ‘No More Hiroshimas’

6 08 2015

Hiroshima On 6th August 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima by US air forces. This was the first time a nuclear weapon had ever been used; it killed up to 180,000 people and destroyed 13 square kilometres of the city. A further bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki, three days later and killed between 50,000 and 100,000 people. It is very vital that we support CND in calling for the horrors of Hiroshima never to be repeated. The anniversary of the bombing is an important time to reflect on the human cost of using nuclear weapons.

The scale of the devastation caused by nuclear weapons, together with the disastrous consequences of radiation on human and all forms of life, make these weapons uniquely terrible and destructive. The world must resolve never to allow the scenes of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be repeated.

Cut Trident – build houses

29 11 2012


On Wednesday 5th December, Tory Chancellor George Osborne is expected to announce further spending cuts with his Autumn Statement.

But one thing we know he isn’t planning to cut is Trident.

Funding the Trident nuclear weapons system and its replacement comes at the cost of key services and facilities across the economy. The Ministry of Defence estimates the replacement submarines will cost at least £25 billion and – taken together with the system’s lifetime costs – the total bill could be well over £100 billion. CND has a suggestion on how that money could be better spent:

There is a housing shortage and the government has identified home building as an economic priority, nonetheless homelessness and overcrowding are getting worse. £3bn a year – the amount currently spent on nuclear weapons – would pay for around 30,000 new houses every year, creating jobs for around 60,000 people

Cut Trident not jobs, education or health

3 07 2012

All 3 SDLP MP’s have signed the “Early Day Motion” 96 which was sponsored by Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn – the motion calls for the Uk Government to cancel plans to replace the Trident nuclear weapon system.
With the Tory led governement implementing welfare and health service cuts how can they justify the procurement cost of £25 billion and an estimated lifetime cost of over £100 billion on unnecessary nuclear weaponry