Nobel Peace Prize winner talks at St Albans meeting about nuclear disarmament

PUBLISHED: 17:00 02 December 2017

Left to right: Dr Johnson and David Leigh, chairperson of St.Albans CND. Picture: David Leigh

Left to right: Dr Johnson and David Leigh, chairperson of St.Albans CND. Picture: David Leigh

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A Nobel Peace Prize winner has urged St Albans locals to lobby MPs about nuclear disarmament around the world.

Dr Rebecca Johnson, the UK representative of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), will be presented with the prestigious prize in Oslo in December.

It has been awarded after ICAN successfully negotiated a UN Treaty in New York this summer on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons - however, the discussions were boycotted by all nuclear weapons states, including Britain.

If it were validated by the UK, Trident would become illegal.

She came to a Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament meeting in St Albans on November 22: “Britain’s opposition to the treaty was at odds with its obligation under the 1970 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to negotiate the elimination of its nuclear weapons. None of the nuclear weapons states had fulfilled this obligation in the last 47 years.”

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