First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon will address a major anti-nuclear weapons demo in central London next month alongside trades union and party leaders.
The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, which is organizing the Stop Trident demonstration, says the event could be the largest mobilisation against nuclear weapons in a generation. It has attracted the support of over twenty organisations, including War on Want, Greenpeace, Pax Christi, Stop the War Coalition, Friends of the Earth, Quakers and the People’s Assembly Against Austerity.
CND says it has called the 27 February demo to oppose government plans ahead of a parliamentary decision later this year on whether or not to replace Trident, the UK’s nuclear weapons system.
Nicola Sturgeon will join Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Plaid Cymru’s Leanne Wood, the Green Party’s Caroline Lucas MP, as well as Mark Serwotka from the PCS union and Christine Blower from the National Union of Teachers.
Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:
“We want to remind the government that a majority of the British public opposes its plan to waste over £100 billion on Trident replacement, a nuclear weapons system that does nothing to address the security challenges we face and is draining resources from other much needed areas.
“This will be the largest anti-nuclear demonstration in a generation and we welcome the scale and breadth of the support we are receiving. It’s time for our defence to move into the 21st century and for government to get out of its cold war silo.”