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SNP to renew calls for Trident axe

The SNP is to join with Plaid Cymru and the Greens to renew calls for the "morally repugnant" Trident nuclear weapons system to be scrapped.

The Nationalists will put the issue at the heart of their one annual opposition debate in the House of Commons on Tuesday.

Angus Robertson MP, the party's Westminster leader and defence spokesman, said the general election was a "massive opportunity" to stop the renewal of the Trident weapons programme.

He said: "A strong group of SNP MPs at Westminster will oppose a new generation of nuclear weapons being dumped on the Clyde, and will use any clout we have in a hung parliament to get Trident's renewal scrapped.

"This is in stark contrast to Scottish Labour, who have shown time and again that there is utter confusion between the Scottish branch office and their Westminster bosses.

"On this issue they are not prepared to take a stand against UK Labour's pro-nuclear position. One thing we do know is that the Westminster parties just voted for £30 billion more austerity cuts - as 28 Scottish Labour MPs voted to support the Tories' austerity programme.

"Nuclear weapons are financially stupid and morally repugnant.

"We have to stop wasting tens of billions of pounds on nuclear weapons - particularly at a time when Tory cuts mean that many families can't afford to put food on the table - and this debate is a step in the process of getting rid of Trident for good."

A Scottish Labour Party spokesman said: " Scottish Labour believes in a world totally free of nuclear weapons.

"Our record is beyond reproach - the last Labour government made the greatest contribution to nuclear disarmament in UK history.

"Labour governments have always led international efforts for multilateral nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. We will do this again after the general election and will use the NPT Treaty Meeting this year to advance 'Global Zero', seeking to set an action plan for the elimination of all nuclear weapons."


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