CND members old and new gathered at Aldermaston on Easter Sunday commemorating the Campaign’s 60th birthday by remembering our roots in the Easter marches to the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment. Labour CND members were among the hundreds who gathered there on Easter Sunday 2018.
Veteran nuclear disarmament campaigner and Labour CND Chair Walter Wolfgang (pictured below) was awarded this year’s Ron Todd Peace Prize in a ceremony at the Marx Memorial Library in March.
Todd was General Secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union, predecessor of Unite from 1985 until his retirement in 1992. He led Britain’s biggest union in the years when nuclear disarmament was at the heart of Labour’s annual conference debates. After his death in 2005, the Rod Todd Foundation was set up and has awarded annual prizes for outstanding achievement in areas close to the former General Secretary’s heart.
Many thanks for your good wishes for my 90th birthday and all you are doing to convince the people of this country that Labour can provide a socially just alternative to coalition austerity.
Many people realise that the coalition has failed but are not yet convinced that Labour has made up its own mind and that its policies are clear and credible.
One of the problems the country faces is that a replacement of the Trident weapon system is unaffordable, useless and – by encouraging proliferation – an obstacle to multilateral nuclear disarmament.
You should make sure that there is a vote at the 2013 Labour Party conference which I believe will decide to scrap Trident and not replace it.
With scrapping Trident increasingly popular amongst both Labour Party members and the public, particularly in the current economic crisis, such a principled stand will help to bring new members into the party it will also ensure that others will speak up for the Labour Party.
This is vitally necessary to build the kind of support that will secure a Labour Government. We need a Labour General Election victory.
As this is a matter of public interest I am publishing this letter of thanks on Labour CND’s website.
Labour CND discussion and AGM
11am – 4pm
Saturday 9th March
Birkbeck College, Malet St, London
Join us in discussing how we ensure Labour acts on its commitment to nuclear disarmament and secure a commitment to rejecting Trident replacement at the 2015 election.
- Email Labour CND to register your place.
- Download a leaflet to print off [colour] [black and white].
11.30am – 11.45am
Marian Hobbs, former New Zealand Labour Disarmament Minister
11.45am – 1.15pm
A Labour Government can’t afford Trident
- Owen Jones, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Annabelle Harle (NPF rep, Wales), Cllr Alice Perry (Islington and NPF rep, London) and Cllr Kate Taylor (Plymouth).
2pm – 3pm
A conversation with Walter Wolfgang
- After the recent publication of a biographical pamphlet, Carol Turner interviews Walter Wolfgang on his campaigning life.
- You can buy the pamphlet here.
3.15pm – 3.30pm
Clive Lewis, PPC for Norwich South, on the 2015 manifesto
3.30pm – 4pm
Labour CND AGM
- Labour CND members are welcome to submit motions in an individual capacity (deadline of 22nd February).
- We are keen to expand our executive committee. If you would like to join, please email expressions of interest.
- Email address regarding motions and joining the executive committee is email@example.com
* Discussion sessions are open to all.
* AGM open to Labour CND members. If you hold Labour Party and CND memberships you are a member of Labour CND and entitled to vote at its AGM.