Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Who voted to stop renewing the bomb?

Yesterday, Parliament took a vote on renewing/replacing Trident, Britain's nuclear missile system (actually owned by the USA, and costing £100 billion over 30 years at £3.33 billion per year) and shamefully voted to renew it with a majority of 355 when 140 Labour MPs (60% of the Parliamentary Labour Party) sided with the Conservatives to renew it despite opposition to it by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn; Crispin Blunt (MP for Reigate) was the only Conservative MP to vote against renewing Trident.

The list of MPs who voted against renewing Trident (and therefore for scrapping this phenomenonally expensive and dangerous waste of space) include not only the sole Green Party MP, Caroline Lucas, but also:

All 3 Plaid Cymru MPs (Liz Saville-Roberts, Hywel Williams and Jonathan Edwards)
All SNP MPs except for the two that were absent
All 3 SDLP MPs (Mark Durkan, Margaret Ritchie, and Alistair McDonnell)
All Liberal Democrat MPs except for Greg Mulholland (MP for Leeds North West; he was probably absent on the day of voting).
And these 47 Labour MPs:
Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington)
Graham Allen (Nottingham North)
Paul Blomfield (Sheffield Central)
Nick Brown (Newcastle-upon-Tyne East)

Richard Burden (Birmingham Northfield)
Richard Burgon (Leeds East)
Dawn Butler (Brent Central)

Ruth Cadbury (Brentford & Isleworth)
Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley)
Sarah Champion (Rotherham)
Anne Clwyd (Cynon Valley)

Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North)
John Cryer (Leyton & Wanstead)
Paul Flynn (Newport West)

Vicky Foxcroft (Lewisham Deptford)
Roger Godsiff (Birmingham Hall Green)
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland)
Margaret Greenwood (Wirral West)

Nia Griffith (Llanelli)
Louise Haigh (Sheffield Heeley)

Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East)
Carolyn Harris (Swansea East)

Kate Hoey (Vauxhall)
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North)

Imran Hussain (Bradford East)
David Lammy (Tottenham)
Rebecca Long-Bailey (Salford & Eccles)

John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington)
Rachael Maskell (York Central)

Alan Meale (Mansfield)
Ian Murray (Edinburgh South)

Lisa Nandy (Wigan)
Kate Osamor (Edmonton)

Stephen Pound (Ealing North)
Angela Rayner (Ashton under Lyne)
Marie Rimmer (St Helens South & Whiston)
Nas Shah (Bradford West)

Tulip Siddiqui (Hampstead & Kilburn)
Dennis Skinner (Bolsover)

Andrew Smith (Oxford East)
Jeff Smith (Manchester Withington)

Jo Stevens (Cardiff Central)
Graham Stringer (Blackley & Broughton)
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth)
Keith Vaz (Leicester East)

Catherine West (Hornsey & Wood Green)
Daniel Zeichner (Cambridge)


At the same time, nearly 2/3 of all recognised nations have called for a global ban on all nuclear weapons, which are the only dangerous munitions not banned by any international treaty. If South Africa managed to successfully disarm all its nuclear weapons, then so can Britain (and the other 8 countries with nuclear weapons on standby)

Alan.





1 comment:

  1. The atomic myth is like a religion. It's a self-sustaining industry that goes through the motions of being respectable, in a most hypocritical way. One Swedish engineer states that neutrons don't behave as orthodoxy says. Recently a Canary article suggested the whole thing is a massive banking scam that plays both sides to create massive profits. Hummmm I don't know. Still baffled after almost 50 years.
    yours sincerely Stuart Hart

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