28 MSPs Sign Motion Supporting Bairns Not Bombs Demo & Blockade

Bill Kidd MSP with Scrap Trident campaigner Janet Fenton outside SNP Conference

Bill Kidd MSP with Scrap Trident campaigner Janet Fenton outside SNP Conference

28 MSPs from at least 3 parties have signed a motion supporting the Bairns Not Bombs demonstration Saturday in Glasgow and the Big Blockade of Faslane on 13th April.

Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Nuclear Disarmament Co-Conveners, Bill Kidd MSP and Patrick Harvie MSP said,

“We jointly wish the Scrap Trident Coalition very great success with these two terrific initiatives which will bring the public campaign against Trident to the streets of Glasgow and to the gates of Faslane. Nuclear weapons are opposed by the great majority of the people of Scotland and by politicians, trades unions, churches and voluntary organisations; these are weapons which are against humanity and have no place in a civilised society.”

The Motion S4M-12877 entitled “Scrap Trident Coalition Actions” was lodged by Bill Kidd and reads as follows:

That the Parliament notes the Scrap Trident Coalition’s plans for a demonstration, Bairns Not Bombs, which is expected to march off from Glasgow’s George Square at 11.00 am on 4 April 2015 and will be followed by a rally at the square at noon; understands that there will be cross-party support, speakers and music and fun for all ages; believes that all who oppose the replacement of Trident, which it understands will cost up to £100 billion, are being encouraged to attend; notes that, on 13 April, a Bairns Not Bombs blockade is expected to take place 30 miles from Glasgow at the Faslane naval base, and understands that the Scrap Trident Coalition is encouraging all who can manage along to this to attend and show their opposition to the Trident replacement.”

A Scrap Trident spokesperson said:

“In the countdown to a general election that represents a unique opportunity to set the UK on the path to abolition of its nuclear arsenal, this endorsing motion and the presence of the First Minister at our rally on Saturday are a huge encouragement to all those who long for the day when we will no longer threaten others with annihilation.”

Thousands are expected to rally in George Square, Glasgow on Saturday, in a public demonstration that Scotland rejects Britain’s weapons of mass destruction, featuring First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Greens Co-Convenor Patrick Harvie MSP and Katy Clark MP.

The demonstration is stage 1 of the Scrap Trident Coalition’s three key events, to be followed by the Bairns Not Bombs Blockade of Faslane naval base on 13th April and the opportunity to Vote Trident Out in May.

The demonstration will assemble from 10.30 a.m. in George Square, marching off at 11 a.m. and returning for the rally at noon.