MP calls for an end to nuclear weapons
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