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Monday, 11 June 2007 17:18

EDM signatories

EDM 65: Parliament and decisions over US Missile Defence
EDM 72: Nuclear Weapons Convention
EDM 1802: Australian initiative to abolish nuclear weapons
EDM 1846: Missile Defence
EDM 1941: Nuclear weapons free world

EDM 65: Parliament and decisions over US Missile Defence
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That this House recalls the statement by the former Prime Minister on 28th February with regard to the UK involvement in the US Missile Defence programme, that `I am sure that we will have the discussion in the House... When we have a proposition to put, we will come back and put it'; notes with concern that the Secretary of State for Defence made a written statement to this House one day before the summer recess, stating that at RAF Menwith Hill, `equipment will be installed and operated by the US Government to allow receipt of satellite warnings of potentially hostile missile launches'; regrets that the written statement does not reflect the spirit of the process that the former Prime Minister announced; and calls upon the Government to arrange a full debate to allow hon. Members to scrutinise in public the US Missile Defence deployment plans in the UK.
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EDM 72: Nuclear Weapons Convention
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That this House notes the forthcoming 40th anniversary of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty; further notes the continued failure of the international community to abolish nuclear weapons or prevent their further proliferation; endorses the unanimous opinion of the International Court of Justice that there exists an obligation to pursue in good faith, and bring to a conclusion, negotiations leading to nuclear disarmament in all its aspects under strict and effective international control; further notes the recent 10th anniversary of the submission of a model nuclear weapons convention by Costa Rica to the United Nations for discussion; and calls upon the Government to work to achieve progress on multilateral negotiations with the aim of achieving implementation of a nuclear weapons convention by 2020.
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EDM 1802: Australian initiative to abolish nuclear weapons
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That this House welcomes the statement made by the Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who, speaking in Hiroshima on 9th June, called on the world `to resolve afresh from the ashes of this city - to work together for the common mission of peace ... and for a world where one day nuclear weapons are no more'; also welcomes his announcement that Australia is creating a new international body, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Commission that will build policy and political momentum towards the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference; and calls on Her Majesty's Goverment actively to support the Australian initiative and to reconsider plans to replace the Trident nuclear weapons system.

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EDM 1846: Missile Defence
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That this House notes that two Czechs citizens, Jan Tamas and Jan Bednar, went on hunger strike for several weeks to express their opposition to US plans to deploy missile defence radar facilities in their country; further notes that their hunger strike was inspired by several opinion polls showing that 70 per cent. of Czech people oppose the plan; recalls repeated statements by the former Russian President Putin that Russia would re-target western Europe if US missile defence facilities were located in the Czech Republic and Poland; congratulates Olga Zubova, deputy for the junior governing Green Party (SZ), Alena Gajduskova, senator for the senior opposition Social Democrats (CSSD), Anna Geislerova, famous Czech actress and Petr Uhl, former dissident and journalist, who have agreed to join the symbolic one-day fast chain hunger strike; calls on hon. Members to join this vigil in solidarity; and further calls on the Government to make provision for debate and decision on the UK's participation in the US missile defence system.
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EDM 1941: Nuclear weapons free world
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That this House welcomes the compelling argument, Start worrying and learn to ditch the bomb, by former Conservative foreign secretaries, Lord Hurd of Westwell and the right hon. Member for Kensington and Chelsea, former Labour Foreign Secretary Lord Owen, and former Labour Defence Secretary and recent former NATO Secretary-General Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, published in The Times on 30th June 2008; notes that this argument follows two similar arguments developed by former US secretaries of state, Dr Henry Kissinger and George Shultz, former US Defense Secretary William Perry and former US Senator Sam Nunn, published over the past 18 months in the Wall Street Journal; congratulates The Times authors for recognising the increasing dangers of nuclear weapons and the related concerns over nuclear proliferation, declaring that the ultimate aspiration should be to have a world free of nuclear weapons and calling for a dramatic reduction in the world's nuclear weapons; recognises the close UK/US co-operation on nuclear weapons programmes which significantly contributes to nuclear dangers; and therefore calls on the Government to heed this call by taking specific practical steps, including supporting a nuclear weapons convention, and reversing the decision on Trident replacement, in order to significantly contribute to the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons.
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Thursday, 10 April 2014 15:29


AngusRobertsonMP-Jobs not Trident

Parliamentary CND is a cross-party group of MPs and Peers, open to members of all parties, who campaign to advance CND's goals in the Houses of Parliament.

Jeremy Corbyn MP chairs the group, supported by vice-chairs Caroline Lucas MP, Angus Robertson MP and Elfyn Llwyd MP, who meet regularly with other supportive Parliamentarians. 

Parliamentary CND plays an active role in the life of parliamentary discussions on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation with MPs tabling Early Day Motions and in initiating and engaging in Parliamentary debates.

Questions to the Defence Secretary on Trident replacement and to the Foreign Secretary on the UK's commitment to nuclear disarmament under the Non-Proliferation Treaty, are regularly tabled, as well as related questions to select committees scrutinising the government departments, are regularly tabled.

  • For more information on Parliamentary CND email: parliamentary[at]cnduk.org.


CND regularly asks activists and supporters to lobby their MPs and to sign statements or raise questions in Parliament on their behalf, as well as working with them in the local constituency. 

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If you're arranging a meeting with your MP to talk about replacing Trident, we've created this handy guide on how to go about it and the points you could raise. Have a look!  

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HammondTrident replacement parliamentary timeline:
Significant Parliamentary Debates and Reports

The intention to replace the Vanguard submarines for the Trident nuclear weapon system was formally announced in a Defence White Paper published in December 2006.

In response, CND published our own Alternative White Paper.

A House of Commons debate and vote in March 2007, by 409 votes in favour to 161 against, gave authorisation for initial research to begin.

In May 2010, the new Coalition Government announced it would continue with research plans to allow Trident replacement to go ahead, but that the Liberal Democrats could continue to argue for alternatives to 'like-for-like replacement.'

In October 2010 the National Security Strategy identified state-on-state nuclear conflict as of 'low likelihood' but the accompanying Strategic Defence and Security Review announced research for Trident replacement would go ahead, with a final decision to authorise submarine construction in 2016.

In May 2011 a Parliamentary report (entitled the 'Initial Gate') and Ministerial statement updating MPs on replacement submarine research work announced key decisions on the adoption of a new nuclear reactor design to propel the replacement submarines, following which a new phase of detailed design work began.

At the same time an announcement was made that the Cabinet Office would conduct a review of alternatives to 'like-for-like' replacement to facilitate  Liberal Democrats making the case for alternatives. This was eventually published in July 2013.

In response, CND published a 'Real Alternatives Review' which looked at the option of non-replacement and disarmament, excluded from the Cabinet Office review. 

Since the May 2011, 'Initial Gate' paper, annual Parliamentary reports into the progress of the Trident replacement programme have since been published in December 2012 and 2013.

Trident Replacement:
Significant Early Day Motions

EDMs are a device to allow MPs to put on record their opinion on a subject and to demonstrate the extent of support amongst MPs on that subject. In effect, they act as a petition that MPs can sign. Each EDM is open for signature for the life of a Parliamentary session - normally one year.

Current EDMs that CND has urged MPs to support in the 2013-14 session include:

Trident Replacement: Significant EDMs


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