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14 March 2007

No place for Trident in 21st century

Commenting ahead of the vote on Trident John Barrett said:

"Today’s vote will be one of the most important decisions facing parliament this session. This is our chance to send a strong message around the world that nuclear weapons have no place in the 21st century.

"The Government’s own advisers say that the key global threats we face now come from terrorism on the one hand, and global warming on the other. Nuclear weapons are useless against both.

"This is our chance to put the goal of eliminating nuclear weapons firmly back on the political agenda. For us to commit to maintaining our own system until 2050 makes a mockery of our commitment to the non proliferation treaty.

"The cost of replacing Trident looks likely to be as much as £76bn. There must be serious questions asked as to whether this is the best and most effective use of such enormous sums of money.

"We have all heard reports of poorly equipped British soldiers in Iraq and I would rather some of this money spent on ensuring our conventional forces have the helicopters and body armour they need, rather than replacing these weapons of mass destruction.

"Hans Blix, chairman of the Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction, has said that upgrading our nuclear arsenal will merely put the non proliferation treaty under strain and encourage non-nuclear states such as Iran to join that nuclear club. Tony Blair has ignored Mr Blix once before – I would urge him not to do so again."

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