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Andrew votes to not renew Trident and criticises the Coalition for committing to nuclear weapons

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Andrew has criticised the Government for its commitment to nuclear weapons. Along with many constituents, Andrew has been dismayed by the Government's commitment to pooling nuclear weapons data with the United States, the world's most nuclear armed nation.

Similarly, Andrew has been concerned at the Government's dragging its feet on disarmament with only the smallest steps - which do not go far enough - and especially when they are contrasted with its position at Vienna's December 2014 Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons: "Some have argued that the way to this goal is to ban nuclear weapons now, or to fix a timetable for their elimination. The UK considers that this approach fails to take account of, and therefore jeopardises, the stability and security which nuclear weapons can help to ensure."

Andrew categorically opposes nuclear weapons and has consistently voted against replacing Trident. In representing his own views and those of many constituents, Andrew has refused to toe his party's line and several times voted against the whip.

Andrew said, "In deciding to vote against the renewal of Trident and committing to vote the same way at every future opportunity, I take up the serious concerns of constituents. Many of these are local CND activists, who I have had the pleasure to meet with at recent surgery appointments. I will go on representing my constituent's views in this respect at every opportunity."

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