City’s chance to quiz former minister on Trident

24 January, 2013 No Comments

Former Armed Forces Minister, Nick Harvey will be in Cambridge next month at the invitation of MP Julian Huppert to answer questions about the future of the Trident nuclear defence system.

During his two years in office, Liberal Democrat, Mr Harvey oversaw the ongoing report into alternatives to the £20 billion project to replace the existing fleet of Trident-carrying submarines.

He also helped to secure a 25 per cent reduction in the overall number of warheads and reduced costs.

The meeting will give people the chance to hear from Mr Harvey about his time in government and question him on the future of Trident.

Julian has long campaigned for the nuclear missiles to be abandoned claiming they are outdated and designed to protect Britain from an obsolete threat.

He said: “I receive many letters and comments from people across Cambridge who are interested or concerned about the government’s plans for the future of Trident. I hope this meeting will give them and others the chance to address their questions to Nick Harvey who worked at the centre of government on alternatives to the Trident programme.

“I continue to campaign against Trident because I cannot understand how we can justify spending billions of pounds on replacing an outdated nuclear defence programme designed to tackle an obsolete threat.

“At the same time, the government has just announced the third phase of cuts to our armed forces and we have troops fighting on our front line without some of the equipment they need.

“I will continue to challenge the government on this issue until the Trident nuclear programme is consigned to history where it belongs.”

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 6 between 6pm and 7.15pm in the Lower Hall at the Centre at St Paul’s, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 1JP.

Anyone interested in attending should book a place with Julian’s Cambridge constituency office manager, Susannah Kerr by phone on: 01223 304421 or by email at: [email protected]

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