Following the STWC’s January meeting, a day event at Carrs Lane Conference Centre will focus on the forthcoming arms fair to be held at the NEC as it is now unwelcome in Cardiff, the original choice of venue.

The meeting will be held on Saturday, 2 February 2019 from 11:00-16:00 at Carrs Lane, B4 7SX Birmingham, hosted by Campaign against the Arms Trade (CAAT). Contact:

On 28 March 2019 at the NEC, Birmingham, arms dealers – aka defence procurers – will come to the Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability (DPRTE) event.


CAAT’s reasons for the planned protest include:

  • The technology and support services sold here fuel the suffering and misery that we witness today in countries like Yemen.
  • These companies are profiting from the death, maiming and displacement of millions of innocent people.
  • Most casualties in today’s conflicts are civilians – many of them children.
  • Arms fairs encourage governments to spend public money on militarism rather than health and education.

Justification for the UK’s arms trade: it is said to create billions in export income. Deduct from that the direct and indirect subsidies detailed in a SIPRI report

CAAT invites all to come to the workshop to hear more about the resistance to the Birmingham arms fair and learn how to create an inspiring and effective resistance to the arms fair.