23 February 2007: for immediate release
The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, along with the Stop the War Coalition and the British Muslim Initiative, will hold a national demonstration in London tomorrow, Saturday 24th February, to call for ‘No Trident’ and ‘Troops out of Iraq’.
Tomorrow’s demonstration is expected to be Britain’s largest anti-nuclear demonstration in decades. Tens of thousands of people from around the UK will converge on Speakers’ Corner (Hyde Park) at 12 noon. A march will set off from Speakers’ Corner at 1 pm. The march will go through Hyde Park Corner and Piccadilly Circus before ending in Trafalgar Square. A rally, featuring speakers and musical performances, is scheduled to begin in Trafalgar Square at 2:30 pm.
The demonstration’s call for ‘No Trident’ comes less than a month before parliament is likely to debate and vote on whether or not Britain will build a new generation of nuclear weapons to replace Trident.
Many representatives from CND and the wider peace / anti-war movement will be available for interview before, during and after the demonstration. Please contact Rick Wayman, CND’s Press & Communications Officer, on 07968 420 859 for interviews with any of the following people:
· Kate Hudson, Chair of CND
· Walter Wolfgang, CND Vice President
· Air Commodore Alastair Mackie, CND Vice President
· Caroline Lucas MEP (Green Party)
· Jill Evans MEP (Plaid Cymru)
· Sian Jones, Aldermaston Women’s Peace Camp
· Rebecca Johnson, Faslane 365
· Jeremy Corbyn MP, CND Vice Chair
· The Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Reading
· Judith Le Blanc, Co-Chair of United for Peace and Justice (US peace movement)
Notes to Editor:
1. For further information and interviews please contact Rick Wayman, CND’s Press & Communications Officer, on 0207 7002350 or 07968 420859
2. An ICM poll from June 2006 showed that 81% of the British public believes that any decision on Trident replacement should be made by Parliament, not the Prime Minister alone.
3. According to a July 2006 ICM poll, 59% of the British public opposes a replacement of Trident when presented with a cost of at least £25 billion.
4. The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) is one of Europe’s biggest single-issue peace campaigns, with over 35,000 members in the UK. CND campaigns for the abolition of all nuclear weapons everywhere.