Meeting held to fight against nuclear weapons

ANTI-WAR campaigners met on Saturday (January 25) to discuss the future of nuclear weapons and how they should be banned.

Mayor Alan Roberts, Deputy Mayor Bruce Dowling and Hastings Against War took part in a presentation by Dr Rebecca Johnson, CND vice-president and former senior advisor to the International Weapons of Mass Destruction (Blix) Commission.

Sarah Owen, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Hastings, welcomed the invitation to discuss Trident, the UK’s nuclear weapons system.

She said: “As the date for the renewal of Trident gets closer, it is incredibly important that we have a frank and honest debate about the billions we currently spend on nuclear weapons and the possible alternatives.” Dr Johnson urged the audience to action with 2016 earmarked for the first decision on replacing Trident. She said: “We’ve campaigned for many decades and are now at a tipping point when we could ban and abolish nuclear weapons. Or, if we lose this opportunity, live under nuclear terror for the rest of this century.”

Dr Johnson is co-chairman of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).