The Top Level Group successfully called for a debate in the House of Commons on the upcoming Nuclear Non-Proliferation Review Conference. Dame Margaret Beckett MP, Sir John Stanley MP and Alistair Burt MP led colleagues in a discussion as to how the UK should engage with the NPT process.
Full texts of their speeches are available by clicking here.
On Tuesday 3 March 2015, TLG member Bob Ainsworth MP took part in a panel discussion on NATO policy towards Russia. The event was hosted the ELN in partnership with the Polish Embassy in London. The participants assessed the implementation of the 2014 Wales summit decisions on deterrence, reassurance, and relations with Russia, and discussed the main challenges for the upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw.
TLG members Sir Nick Harvey MP and Lord Robertson of Port Ellen spoke at a BASIC event today ‘A Memo to the next Prime Minster on the Nuclear Options Regarding the Replacement of Trident’ alongside Mr Crispin Blunt MP, Dr. Matthew Harries, Toby Fenwick, and Dr Kate Hudson. The briefing laid out a range of options regarding the decision currently scheduled for 2016 for any follow-on nuclear deterrent system for the UK.
The discussion was chaired by another TLG member The Rt Hon Dame Margaret Beckett MP.
Bob Ainsworth MP, James Arbuthnot MP and Sir Menzies Campbell
TLG members Sir Menzies Campbell, James Arbuthnot, Bob Ainsworth (along with several others) signed an open letter published in the Times calling for maintaining the UK’s 2% of GDP defence spending and 1% real terms increase per year.