Westminster failure to engage branded 'arrogance'

The Westminster Government’s failure to engage with international disarmament talks in Geneva has been branded as ‘arrogance’ by an SNP MSP who addressed delegates at the talks.

Bill Kidd MSP - Co-President of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) - attended the United Nations Open Ended Working Group on Nuclear Disarmament in Geneva and has spoken there on the situation in Scotland, where all of Britain's nuclear warheads are stored within 20 miles of half of Scotland's population.

Addressing delegates at the international conference Bill Kidd said:

"We're here to discuss how best to eliminate the threat of nuclear danger to our populations, whether on purpose or by accident.

“Yet, once again, the Westminster Government have arrogantly declined an invitation by the UN to attend an important conference on nuclear disarmament. Instead, along with the Labour Party, they are ploughing ahead with plans to keep Trident on the Clyde for at least another 60 years.

"The Scottish Government on the other hand are here and are pledged to join with the over 180 other nations across the globe who are planning for a nuclear weapons free world."

Commenting after his speech, Mr Kidd added:

“The UK’s failure to seriously engage in nuclear disarmament talks is just the latest demonstration that Westminster is utterly wedded to its nuclear weapon arsenal.

“The only way we will ever rid ourselves of the weapons of mass destruction on the Clyde is with a Yes vote in next year’s referendum.”