In a series for Radio 4, historian Peter Hennessy asks a senior politician to reflect on his or her life and times. In the final episode broadcast on Wednesday 3 September, Margaret Beckett MP, former Foreign Secretary and Labour Deputy Leader, discusses her transition from trainee engineer to Labour MP, and subsequently to a minister who served four Labour Prime Ministers between 1976 and 2009. Talking about her achievements in parliament she recalls her time serving as Foreign Secretary and her efforts in furthering the multilateral nuclear disarmament agenda. To listen to the programme, please click here.
On 2 July 2014 the TLG hosted a meeting in the UK Parliament with Austrian Ambassador Alexander Kmentt who addressed MPs, Peers and civil society representatives. The event was chaired by TLG Chairman, Alistair Burt MP, and was organised in partnership with the APPG on Global Security & Non Proliferation, the APPG on the United Nations and the European Leadership Network.
As Director for Disarmament at the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation division at the Austrian Foreign Ministry, the Ambassador spoke to parliamentarians on the Austrian government’s efforts to host the 3rd International Conference on the Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons. The conference, due to take place in Vienna in December 2014, aims bring together governments and civil society representatives from both nuclear and non-nuclear states to “strengthen the global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime and to contribute to the growing momentum to firmly anchor the humanitarian imperative in all global efforts dealing with nuclear weapons and nuclear disarmament.”
Ahead of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, five UK and French members of the ELN, all former ministers or senior military officials, point out that we have no way of knowing whether 85% of the world’s nuclear material stockpiles are in fact secure.
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On Tuesday, 18 March, IISS hosted the event Continuing the Trident Debate: Role, Alternatives and Opportunity Cost.
Three members of the Top Level Group, Sir Nick Harvey MP, Admiral Lord West of Spithead, Baroness Williams of Crosby discussed together with Dr Julian Lewis MP the implications and options that the UK will have to address leading up to the 2016 ‘Main Gate’ decision.
Following the July 2013 publication of the Trident Alternatives Review, and ahead of the May 2015 general election, this was a timely point to address salient questions which remain to be fully aired, including but not limited to the role, system options, deterrence postures and opportunity costs.