I just had a local resident emailing to ask me about the Green Party stance on the arms trade, and looking again at our manifesto on the subject, I thought it well worth highlighting.
“We would act to reduce arms sales worldwide by ending Government support for and subsidies of arms exports, including through UK Trade & Investment’s Defence Security Organisation and the Export Credits Guarantee Department.
• Press for successful negotiations over a robust and comprehensive global Arms Trade Treaty.
• Use skills and resources at present tied up in military industry in the UK to create new jobs and produce socially useful products, especially in the renewable energy sector.”
This is a business trading in misery, oppression and death that we simply should not be in.