Nu­clear free plea at town meet­ing

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS -

CHARN­WOOD Bor­ough Coun­cil is to be urged to be­come a nu­clear free lo­cal au­thor­ity at a pub­lic meet­ing in Lough­bor­ough later this month.

The idea will be pro­moted when Sean Morris, of May­ors for Peace, speaks at Rose­bery St Peter’s Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 21, from 1pm to 3pm.

El­iz­a­beth Mi­nor, from the In­ter­na­tional Cam­paign to Abol­ish Nu­clear Weapons, the group which has just won the No­bel Peace Prize, is also due to speak.

David Pater­son, of Lough­bor­ough Peace Group, which is host­ing the event, said: “May­ors for Peace was es­tab­lished in 1982 to pro­mote the idea of nu­clear-free lo­cal author­i­ties work­ing for a more peace­ful world. It now has more than 7,000 mem­bers from 162 coun­tries. Its UK mem­bers in­clude rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Le­ices­ter and Manch­ester.

“We are invit­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the coun­cil to the meet­ing and per­haps at the end the meet­ing can con­sider whether Charn­wood bor­ough should be­come a nu­clear free lo­cal au­thor­ity to pro­mote lo­cal aware­ness of the is­sues.”

Lough­bor­ough MP Nicky Mor­gan has been in­vited to out­line the Gov­ern­ment’s views on this all-im­por­tant world is­sue to the meet­ing, ti­tled ‘Can nu­clear weapons bring us se­cu­rity?’

Mr Pater­son ex­plained that the Peace Group was very con­cerned about the pos­si­bil­ity of a nu­clear war start­ing in the Far East as ten­sions con­tin­ued to rise be­tween North Korea and Amer­ica.

He added: “We be­lieve that the Nu­clear Ban Treaty re­cently pro­posed by the United Na­tions holds the key to any long-term so­lu­tion and that lo­cal author­i­ties could make a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to greater aware­ness of this treaty.”

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