A decision on whether or not to replace the UK Trident nuclear submarine system – at a cost of £100bn – is due in 2016 and successfully elected Members of Parliament in the forthcoming 2015 General Election will have to vote on this. We wrote to parliamentary candidates in our area of Hall Green, Yardley and Solihull and asked them the four CND questions about their views on Trident at this time. We are publishing the views received by CND (nationally or locally) in response to these questions.
The four questions asked are:
- The UK’s submarine-based Trident nuclear weapon system is approaching the end of its operational life. Do you think the UK should replace its nuclear weapon system?
- The next government will conduct a Strategic Defence and Security Review. Do you think that should consider the possibilities and implications of scrapping and not replacing Trident?
- The next government will need to attend the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in New York. Do you think it should support a nuclear weapons convention or ban, similar to those for chemical or biological weapons?
- The next government will have to decide whether to carry out the current coalition government’s projected austerity programme. Do you think spending £100 billion on Trident replacement can be justified?
To find out whether the person you are thinking of voting for has answered these questions, or otherwise whether they have given any indication of how they feel about Trident click on your Constituency name below.