Trident rally to wrap MoD in scarf

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Published: Saturday 24th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Thousands of anti-nuclear activists are expected to join a protest against the Trident nuclear missiles, carrying a huge scarf to “wrap up” their message.

The pink-coloured scarf, knitted by people across the world, will encircle the Ministry of Defence building in central London as part of the demonstration today.

CND said it expected thousands of people from across the UK to join the protest and rally opposite Parliament, just days after a debate was held in the Commons on the future of Trident.

Only 37 MPs backed a motion urging the Government to abandon plans to renew Trident, which CND said showed the “gulf” between Westminster and the British public.

CND general secretary Kate Hudson said: ” The motion against Trident replacement was defeated by 364-37 – showing just how many MPs have refused to move on from the Cold War and are even prepared to sacrifice the NHS to maintain a nuclear arsenal.

“If it’s security they want, then it’s illusory, taking a heavy toll both in the UK, as public services are slashed, and abroad, as states around the world are given the incentive to develop their own nuclear weapons systems.

“Over 250 MPs – including Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg – didn’t cast a vote. One undoubted result will be that those re-standing (in the general election) who failed to vote will find themselves under increasing pressure.

“Millions of people around the country oppose this £100 billion monstrosity, and it’s not hard to see why when military figures say Trident’s useless, and when we look at just how transformiative that money could be if spent on the NHS, job creation, renewable energy, housing and education.

“Trident is set to be huge election issue, but if MPs fail to express their opinions on Trident replacement, they can expect to be punished at the ballot box in May.”

:: The Occupy movement said it was planning to stage fresh demonstrations in Parliament today to defend their right to protest.

The protest, which will follow the CND event, is aimed at highlighting the influence corporations have on policies related to wars.

Parliament Square was fenced off after previous Occupy protests.

Published: Saturday 24th January 2015 by The News Editor

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