Trident Vote – what happened in Yorkshire?

Trident Vote – what happened in Yorkshire?


First thing in the morning campaigers scaled the scaffolding of the Majestic opposite Leeds train station, causing much interest amongst commuters while others leafleted passersby.  The 18 meter banner which read “TODAY: £205bn ON NEW NUKES? NO WAY! #STOPTRIDENT” had sadly been removed by the time of the evening demonstration in City Square.

Banner drop leeds

For the evening demonstration banners adorned City Square and rush hour motorists were greeted by the Quaker’s scale model of a Trident submarine, see more photo of the day.

Hebden Bridge

Hebden protest

At the same time as the Leeds demonstration, Calder Valley CND were out in force in Hebden Bridge with 50 people at the cross roads and much support from the passing traffic. Report in the Halifax Courier.

How MPs in the region voted

Dan Jarvis Labour Barnsley Central For
Michael Dugher Labour Barnsley East For
Jo Cox Labour Batley and Spen N/A
Graham Stuart Conservative Beverley and Holderness For
Imran Hussain Labour Bradford East Against
Judith Cummins Labour Bradford South Didn’t vote
Naseem Shah Labour Bradford West Against
Andrew Percy Conservative Brigg and Goole For
Craig Whittaker Conservative Calder Valley For
Martin Vickers Conservative Cleethorpes For
Jason McCartney Conservative Colne Valley For
Paula Sherriff Labour Dewsbury For
Caroline Flint Labour Don Valley For
Rosie Winterton Labour Doncaster Central For
Ed Miliband Labour Doncaster North For
Alec Shelbrooke Conservative Elmet and Rothwell For
Melanie Onn Labour Great Grimsby For
Holly Lynch Labour Halifax For
David Davis Conservative Haltemprice and Howden For
Andrew Jones Conservative Harrogate and Knaresborough For
Jon Trickett Labour Hemsworth Against
Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative Huddersfield For
Kris Hopkins Conservative Keighley For
Karl Turner Labour Kingston upon Hull East For
Diana R. Johnson Labour Kingston upon Hull North For
Alan Johnson Labour Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle For
Hilary Benn Labour Leeds Central For
Richard Burgon Labour Leeds East Against
Fabian Hamilton Labour Leeds North East Against
Greg Mulholland Liberal Democrat Leeds North West Didn’t vote
Rachel Reeves Labour Leeds West For
Andrea Jenkyns Conservative Morley and Outwood For
Yvette Cooper Labour Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford For
Angela Smith Labour Penistone and Stocksbridge For
Stuart Andrew Conservative Pudsey For
Rishi Sunak Conservative Richmond (Yorks) For
Kevin Barron Labour Rother Valley For
Sarah Champion Labour Rotherham Against
Robert Goodwill Conservative Scarborough and Whitby For
Nicholas Dakin Labour Scunthorpe For
Nigel Adams Conservative Selby and Ainsty Didn’t vote
Paul Blomfield Labour Sheffield Central Against
Clive Betts Labour Sheffield South East For
Gill Furniss Labour Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough For
Nick Clegg Liberal Democrat Sheffield, Hallam Against
Louise Haigh Labour Sheffield, Heeley Against
Philip Davies Conservative Shipley For
Julian Smith Conservative Skipton and Ripon For
Kevin Hollinrake Conservative Thirsk and Malton For
Mary Creagh Labour Wakefield For
John Healey Labour Wentworth and Dearne For
Rachael Maskell Labour/Co-operative York Central Against
Julian Sturdy Conservative York Outer For
Greg Knight Conservative East Yorkshire For

Yesterday’s decision demonstrated a failure of vision on the part of our government. This was a once in a generation opportunity to break with this antiquated weapons system and address our defence needs in ways appropriate to the twenty first century.

All the facts stack up against Trident – and they continue to do so, irrespective of this shameful and ill-informed vote. CND will continue to campaign against replacement, working with those broad forces across society who wish to see an end to Britain’s possession of weapons of mass destruction.