Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.


13 MAR 2017

Nuclear Conference

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me about nuclear weapons and the UN conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons.

I understand your concern on this matter and hope the following information on this topic from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is of interest:

To be clear, Britain is widely recognised as the most pro-active of the nuclear weapon states on nuclear disarmament. We have reduced our nuclear forces by over half from the Cold War peak in the late 1970s and recently reduced the number of deployed warheads on each submarine from 48 to 40, as well committing to reduce our overall stockpile to no more than 180 warheads by the mid-2020s. The UK possesses around 1 per cent of the total global stockpile of approximately 17,000 nuclear weapons.
In addition, the UK plays a leading role on disarmament verification with the US and Norway and continues to press for key steps towards multilateral disarmament, including the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and successful negotiations on a Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty in the Conference on Disarmament.
However, given the unpredictable international security environment, and the risk that nuclear weapons may proliferate further in the future, it is right that the Government remains committed to maintaining a minimum credible deterrent. For this reason, the UK does not support the UN conference at the end of March which seeks to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons.
It is the Government's view that productive results can only be ensured through a consensus-based approach that takes into account the wider global security environment. However, as a responsible Nuclear Weapons State, the UK is committed to the long-term goal of a world without nuclear weapons.

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