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UK could scrap Trident without massive job losses

A report has been released in parliament demonstrating how the UK could cancel its plans to re-new Trident without massive job losses. The report, Defence Diversification: International learning for Trident jobs, was released at an event hosted in Westminster by Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament member and Labour MP Fabian Hamilton. 

Examining defence diversification and conversion projects around the world, the report concludes that the work skills, jobs, technology and infrastructure of the nuclear weapons industry could be converted or transferred to other sectors of the economy, providing a net benefit to the UK.

It is not yet Labour Party policy to scrap Trident,’ says Fabian Hamilton MP. ‘ However, isn’t it better for the UK to shift the skills and industry we have for massive death and destruction to be used instead for enhancing life? I am committed, not only to transitioning away from nuclear weapons, but to protecting jobs at the same time.’

The research and report were commissioned by the Nuclear Education Trust  and is excellent news for all those who believe in a nuclear free future.

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