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Plaid Cymru Leader Calls for Nuclear Weapons Budget to be Put to Better Use

17/10/2021

Party of Wales leader Leanne Wood said “spending one hundred billion pounds on weapons of mass destruction” cannot be justified particularly when public services are at risk.

Ms Wood gave the message at a demonstration in Cardiff Bay organised by CND Cymru, Trident Ploughshares and Knighton Action for Peace & Justice. The event organisers called on the Welsh Government to withdraw their support for Trident nuclear missiles being located within Wales or anywhere else.

During a plenary session in June of this year, First Minister Carwyn Jones said: “…I noticed that the Scottish Government no longer wishes to have the nuclear submarine base at Faslane.

“It no longer wishes to house the UK naval nuclear fleet. May I say that that fleet and those jobs would be more than welcome at Milford Haven?”

During the demonstration today, which was attended by more than 100 people, a message of support from Ms Wood was read out which said: “I am pleased that you have come here to the Senedd to show your opposition to a new Trident programme and siting nuclear weapons here in Wales.

“Last Saturday I had the pleasure of speaking to an international CND conference on nuclear weapons in the middle east.

“My aim was to give them a simple message. That message was we don’t want nuclear weapons here, we don’t want nuclear weapons there, we don’t want nuclear weapons anywhere.

“They are deadly, costly and un-necessary. The Party of Wales believes in peace, not in spending one hundred billion pounds on weapons of mass destruction which can never, should never and hopefully will never be used.

“That money can be put to far better use – on at-risk public services which benefit people, not on weapons that can only cause harm. Today’s message must be heard – by the UK Government at Westminster and by the Welsh Government inside. Let’s shout our message loud and clear.”