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Group to look at keeping new Trident out of Clyde

A group is to be set up to examine ways of preventing a replacement for the Trident nuclear weapons system being based on the Clyde.

The group, which will be backed by the Scottish Government, will look at how the Scottish Parliament can use its powers in areas such as planning, transport and the environment to block the UK Government’s £20bn renewal plan.

Scottish Government ministers were among those at a summit in Glasgow yesterday examining the impact of removing Britain’s nuclear deterrent from Scotland.

Church leaders, trade unionists and anti-nuclear campaigners were also there to express their opposition to the plans, announced by Tony Blair earlier this year when he was still Prime Minister.

George Foulkes, the Labour backbencher, described the summit as “a ridiculous waste of time and taxpayers’ money”. “This is a reserved issue over which they have no control,” he said.

Full story at The Herald.

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