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Scottish National Party Group Hosts Anti-NATO Seminar

The Press Association
August 25, 2012

SNP group hosts anti-Nato seminar


Trident missile fired from a Vanguard class nuclear-powered submarine

Anti-Nato campaigners will try to persuade SNP members at a conference to uphold the party’s long-standing position of keeping an independent Scotland out of the alliance.

The party’s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) group opposes moves by the leadership, including First Minister Alex Salmond, to swing the party behind Nato in the event of Scottish independence.

It is hosting a seminar in Glasgow to “educate” nationalists about what the about-turn in policy could mean for the party and its chances of securing a Yes vote in the referendum in two years.

Gareth Finn, SNP CND group convener, said: “The main aim is to educate SNP members about what membership of Nato would look like. I’d like to think they’re all anti-nuclear but when it comes to Nato, there’s a small number of people that seek to change policy.”

While Mr Finn sees Nato as a nuclear alliance, the leadership argues that Scotland could join on condition that no nuclear weapons are allowed in the country. This would be used to force the removal of the UK’s Trident nuclear deterrent from the Clyde.

Mr Finn pointed to the experience of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, all Nato countries which host US nuclear weapons but are having to argue for their removal.

The conference is expected to be attended by some MSPs opposed to the proposed change of direction. They include backbenchers Sandra White, John Finnie, Dave Thompson and Jean Urquhart. The SNP’s youth wing has already resolved to oppose the pro-Nato motion, due to be debated at the party’s annual conference in October.

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STV
August 25, 2012

SNP nuclear activists to call for Scotland to be kept out of Nato

Anti-Nato activists in the SNP are meeting to urge the party leadership not to ditch its policy of keeping Scotland out of the alliance.

The SNP leadership has put the issue of Nato on the agenda for its autumn conference, with defence spokesman Angus Robertson proposing a motion in favour of inheriting the UK’s membership.

Mr Robertson has insisted the motion would not change the SNP’s anti-nuclear stance, but some campaigners have accused the party of “buckling” over its pledge to remove the Trident submarines from Scottish waters.

The party’s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) group is holding a seminar in Glasgow to “educate” nationalists about what the about-turn could mean.

Gareth Finn, SNP CND group convener, said: “The main aim is to educate SNP members about what membership of Nato would look like. I’d like to think they’re all anti-nuclear but when it comes to Nato, there’s a small number of people that seek to change policy.”

The conference is expected to be attended by some MSPs who oppose the proposed change of direction. They include backbenchers Sandra White, John Finnie, Dave Thompson and Jean Urquhart.

The SNP’s youth wing has already resolved to oppose the pro-Nato motion, due to be debated at the party’s annual conference in October.

First Minister Alex Salmond has said the party remains firmly anti-nuclear and the SNP would seek to “trade in” the nuclear submarines at Faslane if Scotland became independent.

The Trident Ploughshares anti-nuclear group has accused the leadership of showing a “slowly buckling resolve to rid Scotland of nuclear weapons”.

A spokesman said: “To join Nato while claiming that you want rid of Trident just does not make any sense: Nato is a nuclear weapons alliance. If your state does not have nuclear weapons, as a member it means you accept that other members of the alliance are ready to use them to commit mass murder on your behalf.

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