Nuclear Convoy

Campaigners have raised concerns about nuclear warheads travelling through Northampton after a convoy passed an accident-prone stretch of motorway. Nuclear warheads are regularly driven from Burghfield Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) near Reading to Coulport, Scotland, for loading onto the Trident missile submarines.

Northampton Chronicle 21st March 2019 read more »

Posted: 22 March 2019

Nuclear Convoy

A ‘NUCLEAR CONVOY’ forced drivers to divert this morning as it closed off a slip road onto the A34. The four-strong convoy, believed to be warhead carriers, was spotted about 9am today travelling through the county having previously left AWE in Burghfield, Berkshire. It is believed to have made its way from the Atomic Weapons Establishment at 8am and through heavy traffic travelled along the A4, M4 and onto the A34 up to the county.

Oxford Mail 19th March 2019 read more »

Posted: 20 March 2019

Trident

SCOTS are paying £180 million every year for Trident, the SNP has claimed. According to their research, the pro-rata share of the £2.26 billion costs for the nuclear deterrent is 8.2%. The party said the money being thrown at the nukes could pay for 750 new nurses, 370 police officers, 1500 teachers, and 235 doctors. MSP Bill Kidd, who is the co-president of the Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) group in Scotland, said: “The millions of pounds in taxpayer money that is being wasted by Westminster could go towards making sure our public services come first; building hospitals, training public sector workers, improving schools, and lifting people out of Tory-inflicted poverty.

The National 18th March 2019 read more »

Posted: 19 March 2019

Nuclear Testing

The government has “lost” all trace of almost half its nuclear veterans – making a mockery of a planned health study. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is now facing calls to cancel the expensive and “meaningless research” which survivors of the bomb tests say has no chance of proving their claims to have been irradiated during Cold War radiation experiments. It comes after officials at Public Health England, which is conducting the six-figure study, admitted they have no way of checking the health of all 22,000 servicemen who took part in the 1950s tests.

Mirror 14th March 2019 read more »

Posted: 15 March 2019

Nuclear Weapons

Letter: THE perception of threat from nuclear weapons has again been in the news over recent weeks. The continuing unsettled politics of Kashmir risks conflict between nuclear armed states. The American president is concerned about North Korea because their nuclear capability is seen as an unacceptable threat. But last month the threat of a renewed nuclear arms race was ignited with first the United States and then Russia suspending compliance with the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. We are a group of doctors, medical students and other health professionals, members in Scotland of Medact, an organisation working on how issues of politics and conflict interact with health. Our colleagues internationally were instrumental in a process which highlighted the terrifying humanitarian consequences of any nuclear conflict and resulted in the 2017 UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Herald 11th March 2019 read more »

Posted: 11 March 2019

Prolferation

Dr David Lowry, Senior International Research Fellow, Institute for Resource and Security Studies, Cambridge, Ma. USA – Written evidence (NPT0031) to International Relations Committee, House of Lords, Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and nuclear disarmament inquiry.

House of Lords 7th March 2019 read more »

Posted: 8 March 2019

Nuclear Safeguards

Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has called on its Member States to provide additional funding for the Agency’s safeguards activities, such as those to verify the nuclear programmes in Iran and North Korea.

World Nuclear News 4th March 2019 read more »

Posted: 6 March 2019

Nuclear Weapons

A proposed deadline to rid an independent Scotland of Trident will be voted on next month. The resolution will reportedly be put to the SNP party conference running across 27-28 April in Edinburgh.

Scotsman 4th March 2019 read more »

Posted: 6 March 2019

Faslane

More than 500 “significant” health and safety incidents were recorded at the Faslane nuclear submarine base last year, the Sunday Mail can reveal. Documents released to the SNP under Freedom of Information for the Royal Navy facility near Helensburgh, in Dunbartonshire, show the figure has almost quadrupled since 2014. Last year, there were 481 health and safety incidents at the high security base compared to 123 in 2015, 377 in 2016 and 501 in 2017. A statement confirmed that under Naval command, only those deemed as “significant” were now recorded on central systems.

Daily Record 3rd March 2019 read more »

Posted: 3 March 2019

Nuclear Weapons

The world has become a much more dangerous place since Monday, when Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister – and the diplomatic architect of the Iran Nuclear Agreement – suddenly resigned after an internal political struggle. He was quoted in an interview with the Jomhoori Eslami newspaper as saying: “A deadly poison for foreign policy is that it becomes the subject of factionalism and parties’ quarrel.” He also reportedly complained about constant attempts to undermine him as he negotiated the 2015 nuclear deal with the West. “We were more worried by the daggers that were struck from behind than the negotiations,” he said. “The other side never managed to wear me down but internal pressure wore me down both during and after the talks.” This was followed within 24 hours by the very quick escalation of the India-Pakistan military conflict in Kashmir and border areas with Pakistan, reaching the chilling possibility of a catastrophic nuclear exchange, leading to the terrifying headline this morning:

David Lowry’s Blog 27th Feb 2019 read more »

Posted: 1 March 2019