Nuclear free plea at town meeting
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.”