CND campaigner and vice-president, Bruce Kent, to head a debate about Trident in Huntingdon

PUBLISHED: 18:00 17 February 2017

CND campainger Bruce Kent

CND campainger Bruce Kent

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Political activist and nuclear disarmament campaigner Bruce Kent is to give a talk against Trident at the Medway centre on February 20.

The former Roman Catholic priest has been active in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) for decades and will be joined by Tim Wallis, who is also a member of CND, to present the case against Trident.

The event has been organised by the Huntingdon Labour Party in order to encourage debate and discussion and there will be a question and answer session before the membership vote on a resolution, which will then be submitted to the national party.

Nik Johnson, chairman of the Huntingdon Labour Party, said: “Recent revelations show that the Government and Theresa May were fully aware that a test fired Trident missile had veered off in the wrong direction — ironically, towards our allies, the Americans — but that this fact was concealed from Parliament just before a crucial vote on whether funding should be agreed. It’s therefore even more important now that this huge expenditure be critically scrutinised.

“The Labour Party’s official position is that we support Trident, but this is always a subject that provokes huge disagreements between both sides in any debate. As a constituency Labour party we encourage open debate and discussion. We have previously invited speakers to explain the arguments for a nuclear deterrent so now we are looking to consider the counter arguments .

Bruce Kent is a British political activist and was CND general secretary from 1980 to 1985 and its chairman from 1987 to 1990. He now holds the honorary title of vice-president.

Tim Wallis is author of The Truth About Trident, published in 2016. Tim has a PhD in Peace Studies from Bradford University and is currently a part-time lecturer at Leeds Beckett University as well as programme manager for Peace & Disarmament at Quaker Peace & Social Witness in London.

The meeting is open to members of the public and starts at 7.30pm.

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