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Dr Kate Hudson

General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND)

Kate Hudson was Chair of CND from 2003 to September 2010 when she became General Secretary. She is a leading anti-nuclear and anti-war campaigner nationally and internationally.

Is It The End Of The Road For Nuclear Power?

Nuclear power, along with nuclear weapons, is part of a tragic phase in twentieth century history which has done too much damage to people and planet. That era is now ending.
16/06/2017 11:55 BST

Obama: Why an Apology Is Necessary

The truth is the bombs didn't just drop from the sky - they were dropped by the United States on civilian populations. And the reality is that - contrary to conventional wisdom about the bombing - they were not necessary to bring about an end to the war. It is a recognition of this truth that is most essential. It is essential even beyond an apology, but it is what makes an apology necessary. The 'necessity of the bombing to end the war' is the foundational falsehood of the nuclear age, and it needs to be exposed and finally laid to rest.
27/05/2016 16:04 BST

£205billion?! How the Cost of Trident Replacement Doubled

For too long the pro-Trident lobby has been in denial about the real cost to our economy of Trident replacement. These new calculations, drawn from actual government figures, show that the bill has spiralled beyond all expectations. £205 billion of public money is a huge amount.
12/05/2016 11:44 BST

Scotland Reasserts Anti-Trident Consensus

As parties and voters head away from nuclear weapons, it is hard to see how the Tory government can legitimately proceed with its plans to replace Trident. As today's results reaffirm, Scotland has categorically and repeatedly voted against it and as host country to the Trident submarines that has to be a major factor in any replacement decision.
06/05/2016 13:15 BST

Thirty Years On We Must Learn the Lessons of Chernobyl

Many clean and sustainable energy forms now exist and there is no conceivable case for continuing with nuclear power production. In memory of the victims of Chernobyl and all other nuclear accidents, this disastrous technology should be abandoned now.
26/04/2016 18:22 BST

Austerity Continues as Trident Spending Rises

The economy slows yet the government persists in following the same scorched-earth cuts policy which has already so abjectly failed. And of course this isn't just an abstract failure, to be pointed out on a graph in an economic journal, it has real human consequences.
18/03/2016 17:19 GMT

Visions of Apocalypse

When we debate Trident's future, we would do well to recognise that although we no longer live in direct fear of nuclear weapons, as the older ones of us may remember from the Cold War, the risk and threat still remain as powerful as ever.
06/05/2015 17:33 BST

Three Years on: The Grim Nuclear Legacy of Fukushima

Three years on since the nuclear disaster at Fukushima: 160,000 people may never return home. The area remains a "post-apocalyptic landscape"... The decontamination operation will cost unknown billions and is expected to last at least 30 years. It is a grim legacy.
11/03/2014 14:45 GMT

Nuclear Weapons Represent a Dead End in Strategic Thinking

A layer of our political elite still thinks that Britain's power and status can be secured by Cold War weapons. But others already understand that the challenges lie in climate change, hunger, injustice - and the asymmetrical warfare in varying forms that those problems will increasingly bring if unresolved. This is where the thinking of our political class needs to be.
13/02/2014 17:26 GMT

The Doublespeak of Nuclear Disarmament

It's easy to say you want a world without nuclear weapons. Nearly everyone does: even David Cameron. It's like saying there should be no global poverty: the hard part is taking action to do something about it.
04/12/2013 17:05 GMT

Lib Dems Could Take Historic Step In Vote to Scrap Trident at Conference

On Tuesday, the Liberal Democrat Conference will debate and vote on the future of Britain's nuclear weapons system. Putting this controversial issue out for open debate is much to the party's credit and its record on challenging the status quo on Trident is streets ahead of the two main Westminster parties, which remain mired in Cold war thinking.
16/09/2013 16:51 BST

The Real Alternative to Trident Replacement

The UK is currently at a crossroads: we can choose to become a world leader in disarmament, non-proliferation and the verification systems necessary to realise the eradication of nuclear weapons worldwide, or we can choose to contribute to global insecurity, nuclear proliferation, and increase the risk of nuclear terrorism through the modernising of our nuclear arsenal.
16/07/2013 17:07 BST

Standing Up Against a Colossal Waste of £100bn on Trident Replacement

What are nuclear weapons? Cold War relics? Necessary evils? Indiscriminate bombs? The ultimate insurance policy? The answer of course depends on your personal outlook. But here's another way of putting it: for the UK, nuclear weapons are over £100billion of taxpayers' money.
31/03/2013 19:15 BST

Towards a WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East

So has the proposal for a WMD-free zone in the Middle East finally got legs? Many would say that the very idea is an absurd fantasy - that it cannot possibly be achieved, given the tensions and complexities that exist in the region.
11/10/2012 13:20 BST