NPT Is an Election Issue: UK Member of Elite Club of Irresponsible Nations

Paul Ingram | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Ingram

Nuclear weapons are attracting a higher profile in this UK election debate than they have in any nuclear weapon state in a generation. Yet the focus i...

Costs of UK Trident After the Election

Paul Ingram | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Ingram

It is easy to be cynical in the middle of an election campaign, but attempts to question Labour's commitment to Trident renewal are not simply election ploys exploiting painful legacies and fears around the rise of the SNP...

Let's Get Over Our Scotland-Envy and Join Up

Indra Adnan | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Politics
Indra Adnan

Without a similar cause, how can the rest of the UK's broad left transcend its differences and make a break from politics as usual? Interestingly that moment and that opportunity is now upon us.

The Media Keep Using This Word To Describe What The SNP Will Do To Labour

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Politics

As the Scottish National Party prepares to launch its election manifesto today, the nation’s media has gone wild over fears that the party will hold...

If Miliband Really Wants to Look Tough, He Should Commit to Scrapping Trident

Symon Hill | Posted 16.04.2015 | UK Politics
Symon Hill

Umunna follows the well-worn path of Labour politicians who have given up anti-nuclear views as the prospect of power comes in sight: Neil Kinnock, John Prescott, Margaret Becket - the list goes on. Even Tony Blair was a member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) in the eighties.

Its Devo Max... Stupid!

Iain Anderson | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Politics
Iain Anderson

With decisions over welfare, Trident, Barnett Formula, most fiscal power and a future EU referendum still in London - Scots look likely to vote for the option most of them would have preferred last year - Devo Max.

Miliband Nails Response To Fallon Over 'Embarrassing' Dig About His Brother

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband has said defence secretary Michael Fallon has "demeaned himself and demeaned his office" after the Tories were accused of an "embarrassing...

SNP Trident Policy is Ill Thought in an Uncertain World

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Politics
Azeem Ibrahim

Britain's nuclear deterrent has been a contentious issue on the left for as long as it has existed. And it is not difficult to sympathise with the ant...

Don't Let Young People Down: Listen to Our Views on Trident

Carine Bambara | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Carine Bambara

A recent argument made by nuclear weapons supporters has been that the increase of terrorism means we need nuclear weapons. Personally I believe the opposite is true - an increase in acts of terrorism is precisely why nuclear weapons are adding to insecurity: you cannot use a 'deterrent' against an ideology that does not care who it destroys - including its own followers.

Labour Mull Reducing Britain's Nuclear Deterrent

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK Politics

A Labour government would consider reducing Britain’s nuclear-armed submarine fleet, according to Ed Balls. However, the shadow chancellor said the ...

Peer Causes Outrage With This 'Unbelievable' Auschwitz Comparison

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Politics

A senior Plaid Cymru peer has apologised for "any offence caused" after making comparing the Trident submarine base to the Nazi concentration camp Aus...

Don't Punish People For Joining IS, Says Green Leader

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Politics

It would not be illegal for people in the United Kingdom to join terrorist organisations such as al Qaida or Islamic State (IS) under the Green Party....

Trident Debate: All Weapons Now Point to the Election

Serena Cowdy | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Politics
Serena Cowdy

This week, I sat in the public gallery of the House of Commons, to watch an Opposition Day debate on the UK's Trident nuclear weapons programme. Sometimes I like to sit in the gallery, instead of watching on TV at home, because it means you get to see lots more fascinating things.

The Government Is Sidestepping Parliament in a Push for Trident Replacement

Dr Kate Hudson | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Kate Hudson

We are beyond the moment in history when upper echelons in government and society can award themselves an absolute right to keep decisions that are taken in the name of the people, from the people. This lesson needs to be learnt across all sections of the establishment and political life.

The Morning After: Why the Scottish Referendum Could (and Should) Be the Making of 'New Britain'

Nicholas Wright | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Politics
Nicholas Wright

If voters in Scotland choose independence, we will collectively face unprecedented constitutional upheaval. But even if Scots decide to stay in the Union, things cannot simply return to the status quo ante.

What Young People Don't, But Should, Know About Britain's Nuclear Weapons

Claudia Hyde | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Claudia Hyde

For governments seeking to strengthen their own agendas it can help to have a minimally informed or, at least, somewhat apathetic electorate. And so important political decisions are often veiled in a cloak of terminology that alienates voters - especially young voters.

Is Trident Detracting From Our National Security Strategy?

Carine Bambara | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Politics
Carine Bambara

The reality is that the UK cannot rely on weapons that were designed for a different world and political context to fight these modern day security threats.

Trident: What Is it Good For? Absolutely Nothing!

Cristina Varriale | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Politics
Cristina Varriale

My view is that renewing Trident and maintaining a CASD (continuous at sea-deterrence) is not a policy Britain should be preserving. It's obsolete, not only wasting resources but upholding a defence policy that does not address the changes within a post-Cold-War world.

SNP Plan To Scrap Trident 'Unacceptable For Nato'

PA | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Politics

The SNP's plan to scrap Trident would cast a "dark shadow" over the international reception given to a newly independent Scottish nation, according to...

Radiation Leak Prompts Apology Demand From Salmond

PA | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Politics

Alex Salmond has demanded an apology from David Cameron for failing to tell Scottish ministers about a radiation problem at a nuclear submarine test r...

Nuclear Weapons Represent a Dead End in Strategic Thinking

Dr Kate Hudson | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Kate Hudson

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.

WATCH: Farage Doesn't Know His Own Manifesto

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

Nigel Farage got into a spot of bother on the BBC's Daily Politics on Thursday when he was ambushed with the details of his party's own 2010 manifesto...

The Doublespeak of Nuclear Disarmament

Dr Kate Hudson | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Kate Hudson

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.

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

Dr Kate Hudson | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Kate Hudson

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.

Renewing Trident Shouldn't Be Judged on the 'Threat' From North Korea and Iran

James O'Malley | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Politics
James O'Malley

Once again renewing Trident is in the news, so some time soon we can expect to hear politicians or commentators explain that Trident is necessary because off the threats from Iran or North Korea, or some other rogue regime. Unfortunately, this is a complete red herring of an argument as long as you've thought about the issue for a couple of minutes. And now I'm going to explain why.