The debate around Trident in the Labour Party is now developing and it is important that Labour CND activists get involved.
The Financial Times recently claimed that said Ed Miliband was open to alternatives to like-for-like Trident replacement.
This followed former Defence Secretary Des Browne’s statement that, ‘Since 2006, important things have changed and it is time for a more honest debate about the defence choices facing the country.’
Going further, Labour’s Former Defence Minister, Frank Judd, recently said, ‘I strongly believe that the case and need for, and relevance of, a new Trident have never been established.’
What we need to do
A debate on nuclear weapons will be more difficult to secure in the final months before an election. Therefore the Labour Party needs to debate Trident in 2013 if it is to do so before the 2015 General Election.
Labour CND activists need to take action to ensure Trident is fully debated at the National Policy Forum (NPF) on the 22nd June this year.
1. Contribute to the YourBritain website
The YourBritain website is Labour’s online policy site and submissions to the site will be considered by the NPF.
We need as many submissions sent by individual activists, branches and constituencies, as possible.
- Vote for our Scrap Trident submission on YourBritain.
- Submit a YourBritain Scrap Trident policy idea in your own words.
2. Contact members of the National Policy Forum
To contact members of the NPF’s Global Role Commission:
To contact your NPF regional reps:
- Login to the Membersnet section of the website.
- Check ‘Party Activity’ in the top bar and find ‘Contact your NPF rep’.
3. Discuss Trident at your CLP
- Email Labour CND if you would like a speaker
- You can use our YourBritain submission as a model motion.
Keep Labour CND updated on your local discussions and submissions by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.