North-east MSP backs Spring Walk for Peace


MSP Christian Allard has backed the anti-nuclear weapons Spring Walk for Peace which set off from Holyrood last week.

The week long walk from Edinburgh to Faslane Naval Base was organised by Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (SCND).

The Westhill-based politician wished the walkers well before attending a cross party group on nuclear disarmament.

The North East MSP, who is also a member of the international group Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND), said that nuclear weapons had no place in the world today and claimed that an independent Scotland would have “the courage and morality to get rid of them.”

Mr Allard said: “Nuclear weapons have no place in Scotland. There is significant public opposition to Trident in Scottish waters.

“The Tory-led UK Government has decided to disregard opposition and push ahead with its ridiculous plan to spend £100 billion on the renewal of Trident.

“The only way that Scotland can become nuclear weapons free is if we vote Yes in September.”

Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB) Clyde (also HMS Neptune) is one of three Royal Navy operating bases in the United Kingdom (the others being HMNB Devonport and HMNB Portsmouth).

It is the service’s headquarters in Scotland and is best known as the home of Britain’s nuclear submarines armed, with Trident missiles.

Last year, the British Government denied reports that it was examining plans to designate Faslane as sovereign UK territory in the event of a Yes vote for independence in September.

Comments made by a senior UK government minister last week to The Gaurdian suggested Trident may play a key role in deciding the likely hood of a currency union.

The unnamed source told the Gaurdian: “the UK wants to keep Trident nuclear weapons at Faslane and the Scottish government wants a currency union – you can see the outlines of a deal.”