Scottish Politics

  By a Newsnet reporter
The Scottish National Party has slammed the UK Government for committing to a secret decade-long agreement with the United States on nuclear weapons.
The Mutual Defence Agreement - which was first signed in 1958 - has been given a 10-year extension by the UK Government.

  By a Newsnet reporter
Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has said that the UK Government's priority in the event of a No vote would be to strengthen its presence in Scotland.
Speaking to the Herald newspaper, the Lib Dem MP said that Scots would need to be reminded that they were governed by Westminster and not just Holyrood.

  An MSP is calling for the transportation of nuclear weapons through one of Scotland’s largest cities to cease after an anti-nuclear campaign group revealed nuclear weapons were in a convoy which passed through Glasgow late last Thursday night.
SNP MSP Bill Kidd has written to Defence Secretary Philipp Hammond calling for an immediate halt to nuclear convoys travelling through Glasgow – after CND revealed that nuclear weapons were driven through the city.

  By a Newsnet reporter
The Labour party has come under pressure from its own members to scrap Trident after 50 party branches - including 5 in Scotland - called for the nuclear weapon system to be binned.
It has emerged that the Constituency Labour Parties have made submissions to Labour's National Policy Forum - which is taking place this weekend - and scrapping Trident has emerged as a key issue with party members.

  By Martin Kelly
The Ministry of Defence has today accepted responsibility for the radioactive pollution that has blighted one of Scotland’s most popular coastlines.
In a report published this evening, the MoD has pledged £10m towards a plan to remove radioactive material from Daglety Bay and reinforce, replace and extend coastal rock armour.

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