Greens urge Lambeth MPs to oppose Trident renewal

18 July 2016

Lambeth Green Party is urging Lambeth's three Labour MPs to oppose renewal of Trident nuclear weapons, when it is voted on in the House of Commons vote tonight.

Streatham MP Chuka Umunna said that he would oppose the renewal of Trident nuclear weapons before he was elected in 2010 however he has since changed his position (1).  Dulwich and West Norwood MP Helen Hayes has been absent for all three House of Commons votes on Trident, that have taken place since she was elected (2)  Vauxhall MP Kate Hoey has previously voted against renewing Trident (3).

Lambeth Green Party's Jonathan Bartley, said: "The Green Party is united in opposing Trident renewal. Lambeth's MPs should be too.  Trident is not only a threat to our collective global security, it is a colossal waste of public funds.

"Even the cautious estimates of the House of Commons’ Library puts the cost at a towering £110bn. If we ditch Trident, we could for example give our NHS the resources needed to cut waiting times, and build new hospitals.

"Ditching Trident, and joining the vast majority of countries without nuclear weapons, would be the common sense decision for Parliament to take - and it would be the right thing to do."

Notes

(1)  
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/general-election-2015/11527477/Chuka-Umunna-called-for-scrapping-of-Trident.html

(2) 
https://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/25310/helen_hayes/dulwich_and_west_norwood/divisions?policy=984

(3) 
https://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/10282/kate_hoey/vauxhall/divisions?policy=984






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