MP calls for an end to nu­clear weapons


Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West MP Mar­garet Ferrier has used the 70th an­niver­sary of Hiroshima to re­it­er­ate her op­po­si­tion to nu­clear weapons.

Ms Ferrier joined the Cam­paign for Nu­clear Dis­ar­ma­ment to call for the hor­rors never to be re­peated.

On Au­gust 6, 1945, be­tween 70,0000 and 80,000 peo­ple were killed in­stantly when a nu­clear bomb was det­o­nated above the Ja­panese city of Hiroshima.

Three days later, a sec­ond bomb was dropped on Na­gasaki, again killing tens of thou­sands.

Just a few weeks ago, Ms Ferrier tabled a de­bate on Tri­dent and said nu­clear con­voys were trav­el­ling through the con­stituency at night.

Speak­ing at a CND event to re­mem­ber Hiroshima, Mar­garet said: “The hor­rors of Hiroshima must never to be re­peated. As a mem­ber of the Scot­tish Cam­paign for Nu­clear Dis­ar­ma­ment, I want to live in a world free of the threat of nu­clear dev­as­ta­tion.

“It is im­por­tant that we learn from the mis­takes of the past and work to­wards global dis­ar­ma­ment.

“Sev­eral times a year, my con­stituents have nu­clear war­heads driven past their homes while they’re sleep­ing.

“Each one of these bombs is the equiv­a­lent of eight of the war­heads that depre­dated Hiroshima seven decades ago.

“This an­niver­sary pro­vides us all with time to re­flect both on the hu­man cost of nu­clear weapons, and on the preven­tion of another atroc­ity.”

Kate Hud­son, Gen­eral Sec­re­tary of CND said “We are pleased that Mar­garet Ferrier MP is join­ing CND in com­mem­o­rat­ing the an­niver­sary of the Hiroshima bomb­ing.

“The scale of the dev­as­ta­tion caused by nu­clear weapons, to­gether with the dis­as­trous con­se­quences of ra­di­a­tion on hu­man and all forms of life, make these weapons uniquely ter­ri­ble and de­struc­tive. The world must re­solve never to al­low the scenes of Hiroshima and Na­gasaki to be re­peated.”

Mean­while, the Ruther­glen branch of the CND will lay flow­ers at the peace tree on Ruther­glen Main Street just across from the Town Hall on Thurs­day to mark the an­niver­sary at 2.45pm.

Cam­paign On the eve of the Hiroshima an­niver­sary, Mar­garet Ferrier MP has called for an end to nu­clear weapons

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