Ritchie presses Government on nuclear disarmament

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has met with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) to discuss disarmament, divestment in the nuclear arms industry and the Trident nuclear weapon system’s impact on the Irish Sea

 

Ms Ritchie has met with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons to discuss their new ‘Don’t Bank on the Bomb’ report on nuclear weapon divestment.

 

Speaking after the meeting, Ms Ritchie said, “Renewing the Trident missile system is incompatible with the spirit of the Non-Proliferation Treaty and will do nothing to improve the safety of the people of Northern Ireland. The billions of pounds the Government is preparing to spend on replacing Trident would be better spent improving our schools, hospitals and infrastructure.

 

“The SDLP has been working for nuclear disarmament since its founding 45 years ago, and we will continue working to highlight the costs and dangers of the Trident missile system in our work in Westminster. I welcome ICAN’s new report on nuclear weapon divestment and I hope that its publication will help generate a new debate on the links many high-street banks and lenders have with the nuclear arms industry.”