The Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP has recently joined the Top Level Group.
Alistair Burt entered Parliament for the first time in 1983 for Bury North and since 2001 has been the Member of Parliament for North East Bedfordshire.
Following a lengthy and varied front bench career in both Government and Opposition, Alistair was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office between May 2010 – October 2013 with responsibility for Counter Terrorism, Counter Proliferation, Counter Piracy, North America, Middle East and North Africa, the Maldives and Sri Lanka.
A full list of all the member of the Top Level Group is available here.
On 5th November 2013, the UK Project on Nuclear Issues, together with the Top Level Group, hosted its autumn seminar on the theme of ‘The People behind the Policies.’
TLG member Margaret Beckett MP, Lord Owen and Lord Browne discussed their experiences of shaping nuclear weapons policy, and the future of Britain’s nuclear deterrent. Lord Hennessy then chaired a question and answer session.
The conversation covered issues including the relationship between politicians, military officers, civil servants and contractors involved in nuclear decision making, the implications of Britain’s nuclear posture for relations with the US, the influence of financial considerations on Trident replacement, and the advantages and drawbacks of alternatives to Trident such as nuclear cruise missiles.
On Tuesday 9 July 2013, TLG members James Arbuthnot and Des Browne discussed with experts at Chatham House whether the concept of nuclear deterrence can be relied upon in the contemporary security climate.
James Arbuthnot and Des Browne also offered their thoughts on whether alternative weapons systems could be more cost-effective and internationally acceptable.
On 17 July 2013, the House of Commons debate the Trident Alternatives Review, led by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander.
TLG member Ming Campbell discusses the Trident Alternatives Review in the House of Commons
You can watch the debate here. Alternatively, please click here to read the debate.