Responding to Liam Fox’s first speech as Secretary of State for Defence, where he stated that ‘We have got a very clear agreement that we will continue with the nuclear deterrent’ CND called on the Liberal Democrats to clarify their position on Trident replacement within the new coalition government. In particular, CND asks the Liberal Democrats to state publicly whether Trident will be included in the Strategic Defence Review and if they will ensure that the option of no nuclear replacement of Trident will be considered.
Kate Hudson, CND Chair, said:
Liam Fox’s statement today makes very clear the Liberal Democrats have abandoned the option of getting rid of Britain’s nuclear weapons altogether – one of the choices that they set out in their recent review. Thousands of people voted for them believing they would advance the cause of disarmament and they now need to state publicly whether they will make the case for it, or face real anger from voters. There is little public support for spending billions of pounds on Trident replacement, whilst vital public services face George Osborne’s axe – the election campaign shows more and more people are politically engaged, and we believe they are ready to take action against Trident replacement.