February 2019


Our resolution is number 2 in the draft agenda for the SNP Conference, April 2019. Supported by SNP Kelvin and SNP Maryhill and Springburn.

The proposed resolution


Conference welcomes the continued support for nuclear disarmament and, with the impending inevitability of independence, we need to set out a clear timetable for removal of nuclear weapons from Scottish soil and waters.

Conference believes that we need a practical description of the process and timescale to safely remove nuclear weapons at the very earliest opportunity on Scotland regaining our independence.

Conference therefore agrees that we should develop a credible road map that has at its end point the removal of the Royal Navy’s nuclear armed and nuclear powered submarine fleets from Scottish soil and the repurposing of related support bases on Scottish soil.



Supporting notes
The purpose is to create a narrative that has at its end point the removal of the nuclear armed submarine fleets and the closure of related support bases. To do that pro-independence parties should have this as the central spine of their policies. We will develop a Roadmap of Trident Removal that can be put into action immediately we have independence. It will be built on the peer reviewed work done by the late John Ainslie for Scottish CND, notably his Disarming Trident document, and other appropriate research. We will identify what other relevant research exists and examine each of the steps outlined in John Ainslie’s work to flesh out further details, and we will scope out what is required to further develop the work and have that additional work commissioned with an aim of producing the Roadmap. Other policies should be tested by asking ‘does a particular policy proposal make the removal of Trident more likely, less likely or is it neutral in that regard?’.
When our re-established Scottish state becomes a signatory to the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons the Roadmap can be followed without delay.

December 2018


A proposal by SNPCND

Draft Resolution for SNP Conference April 2019

Conference recognises the need for a Trident Removal Roadmap in:

  • developing the case for the reemergence of an independent Scottish state
  • developing the case for nuclear disarmament both domestically and internationally
  • developing a framework by which an independent Scottish state could fulfil its obligations when Scotland becomes a signatory to the 2017 Treaty On The Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
  • developing SNP Defence and Foreign Policy.


To outline a credible narrative that has at its end point the removal of the Royal Navy’s nuclear armed and nuclear powered submarine fleets from Scottish soil and the closure of related support bases on Scottish soil.

To do that, pro-independence parties should have, as the central spine of their policies the removal of Trident from Scottish soil. That is, all of their policies, in particular their defence and foreign policies should be “stress tested” in the following terms: does a particular policy proposal make the removal of Trident more likely, less likely or is it neutral in that regard.


We will develop a roadmap of Trident removal built upon the dual foundations of peer reviewed work done by the late John Ainslie for Scottish CND, notably his Disarming Trident document and other appropriate research.
This would link to the obligations that would accrue to a re-established Scottish state when its Government decides to became a signatory to the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Programme of Work

Identify what other relevant research exists. Take each of the steps for Trident removal outlined in John Ainslie’s work and, where required, flesh out further detail on the steps that need to be taken.

Outline the work that would be required to be done by a future Scottish Government, both technical and diplomatic, to ensure that Scotland is in a position to fully comply with the terms of the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Scope out what is required to further develop the work. Then look to have that additional work commissioned with an aim of producing a Roadmap for Trident Removal document.

Political Activity

SNP CND will continue to campaign for a political environment in Scotland that increases the likelihood of the road map for Trident removal becoming possible.
We would promote the Roadmap amongst all Scotland’s political parties and the wider peace movement domestically and where the opportunity arises, internationally.


4th November 2018

SNPCND AGM and Conference

The Lesser Hall, Albert Halls, Stirling

10:00 – 11:00 AGM for SNP and CND members.
AGM 2018 agenda
SNP CND Treasurer’s Report 4th November 2018
Nominations for the Executive Committee are as follows:
Convener – Bill Ramsay
Treasurer – Ron Dickinson
Secretary – Jean Anderson
Committee members – Brian Quail, Drew Kyle

11:00 – 16:30 Conference
 Ticket sales on Eventbrite, Scotland After Trident: A Defence and Security Strategy for an Independent Scotland

This one day conference will examine and debate the issues raised and the suggestions made in the Commonweal White Paper “A Defence and Security Strategy for an Independent Scotland”. You can read or download the paper from Commonspace.


Chairs: Isobel Lindsay and Jean Anderson


Douglas Chapman MP, the SNP Defence Procurement Spokesperson.

Garry MacDonald, analyst and the author of the Commonweal White paper.

Robin McAlpine, Director of Commonweal.

Lt. Col. Stuart Crawford, former army officer and Scottish military affairs commentator.

Bill Ramsay, Convenor of SNPCND.


December 2017

ICAN receives 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize was presented to ICAN at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway, on 10 December in recognition of our work “to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons” and our “ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons”.

This means that if you are a member of Scottish CND then you are a Nobel Peace Prize winner! Scottish CND is a part of ICAN. The Prize has brought a lot of much needed media coverage and attention from members of the public and governments.

October 2017

The Scottish National Party Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Annual General Meeting will take place in the Renfield St Stephens Centre, 260 Bath St., Glasgow G2 4JP, at 13:00, on the 29th October, 2017

The formal business of the AGM will be followed by a talk by the SNP Spokesperson for Defence in Westminster, Stewart McDonald MP for Glasgow South. There will then be a general debate on the role of the anti-nuclear movement in the next independence referendum.

Nominations for the executive committee should be sent to by the 8th October 2017. Nominations should be seconded by another member of SNPCND.

Resolutions and agenda items should be sent to by the 8th October 2017.

The agenda, the minutes of the last AGM and a copy of our constitution will be sent to you soon.

I look forward to seeing you on the 29th October!

Jean Anderson, SNPCND Secretary,

September 2017

“Two Men and a Bomb” conference and debate on the current nuclear arms situation between the USA and North Korea.

13:00, Sunday 10th September, 2017 in CCA Sauchiehall Street.

Tickets from Eventbrite:

Treaty on the Prohibition of nuclear Weapons

“On 7 July 2017 – following a decade of advocacy by ICAN and its partners – an overwhelming majority of the world’s nations adopted a landmark global agreement to ban nuclear weapons, known officially as the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It will enter into legal force once 50 nations have signed and ratified it. At the time of writing (April 2018) 54 nations have signed and 7 have ratified the Treaty as part of their law.

Prior to the treaty’s adoption, nuclear weapons were the only weapons of mass destruction not subject to a comprehensive ban, despite their catastrophic, widespread and persistent humanitarian and environmental consequences. The new agreement fills a significant gap in international law.

It prohibits nations from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, transferring, possessing, stockpiling, using or threatening to use nuclear weapons, or allowing nuclear weapons to be stationed on their territory. It also prohibits them from assisting, encouraging or inducing anyone to engage in any of these activities.

A nation that possesses nuclear weapons may join the treaty, so long as it agrees to destroy them in accordance with a legally binding, time-bound plan. Similarly, a nation that hosts another nation’s nuclear weapons on its territory may join, so long as it agrees to remove them by a specified deadline.

Nations are obliged to provide assistance to all victims of the use and testing of nuclear weapons and to take measures for the remediation of contaminated environments. The preamble acknowledges the harm suffered as a result of nuclear weapons, including the disproportionate impact on women and girls, and on indigenous peoples around the world.

The treaty was negotiated at the United Nations headquarters in New York in March, June and July 2017, with the participation of more than 135 nations, as well as members of civil society. It opened for signature on 20 September 2017. It is permanent in nature, and will be legally binding on those nations that join it.”

(Text from ICAN

The local elections are on 4th May, 2017.

Read the SNP Manifesto at

March 2017

We are happy to endorse the SCND Statement on a second independence referendum.

Scottish CND welcomes the First Minister’s move to hold a second independence referendum. Brexit is a clear example of the Prime Minister’s disregard for the democratically expressed opinions of the Scottish people, as is the UK Government’s decision to boycott negotiations for an United Nations Nuclear Weapons Global Ban Treaty. The conference is starting in two weeks in New York , and instead of participating, the UK. Government chooses to go ahead with the modernisation of nuclear weapons which are all based in Scotland against the will of our democratically elected representatives at both Holyrood and Westminster. We look forward to working for a free and independent Scotland and the end of UK nuclear weapons based here – or anywhere.”

A Japanese survivor of the atomic bombing and a second generation sufferer are visiting Scotland. Read their stories here.


by YAMADA Reiko, Vice Chairperson, Tokyo Federation of A-bomb Sufferers Organizations.


SNP Conference, March 2017

The SNPCND Festival team ran a very successful and busy stall at the conference oStall SNP17n the 17th and 18th of March in Aberdeen.

The new black t-shirts with our logo drew lots of admiring comments. But the best of the days work was the many interesting conversations we had with such a variety of people.

October 2016

John Ainslie, 1954 – 2016, RIP

John Ainslie , Organiser of Scottish CND passed away on Friday 21st October after a long battle with cancer. SNP CND will formulate a more substantive tribute to John’s contribution to the Anti Nuclear movement both in Scotland and internationally in due course.
John was the universal peace activist whose range of activity is unparalleled. One day he would be operating the Big Sandy puppet that became an iconic feature of IndyRef1 and on another giving evidence to the House of Commons Defence Select Committee on the obscenity of nuclear weapons. He is very greatly missed.

obituary by Isobel Lindsay
by Scottish CND
by Glasgow Herald

SNPCND 2016 Annual General Meeting

Saturday the 5th November, 10:30am to 1pm.

It will take place in the Albert Hall, Dumbarton Rd, Stirling. Doors open at 10am.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be supplied at the 11:30 break.
For directions see:

The formal business of reports and elections to the executive committee will be in the first hour. Resolutions and nominations for the committee should be sent to the Secretary,, by the 15th October. Nominations should be from two members and the person nominated should indicate their acceptance of the nomination.

Nominations are now closed. The current executive officers have all been nominated and are elected unopposed as there are no other nominations for the posts. There has been no nomination for Vice Chair and nominations will be sought from the floor.

There have been 10 nominations for 6 ordinary committee members so there will be elections at the AGM. Statements from members standing for election.

The AGM papers are here. The Agenda may be updated so check back.
Agenda.   Minutes of 2015 AGM.   Constitution.


Brendan O’Hara

There will be two talks:

Brendan O’Hara MP for Argyll and Bute on “The Military Case Against Trident”, and  Bill Kidd MSP for Glasgow Anniesland on “The UN Nuclear Ban Weapons Ban Treaty”.

There will then be questions and debate.

The event will close at 1pm.


Bill Kidd

Everyone who is a member of both SNP and Scottish CND is encouraged to attend.

Remember to bring your SNP membership card.

Updated 1-11-2016 11:11

Saturday 3rd September

Foreign Policy and Defence  (a conference for SNP members)

On Saturday 3rd September SNPCND held a conference to discuss:

  •  Scotland’s future relationship with other countries,
  •  what our foreign policies should be,
  •  what our defence strategies should be,
  • what ‘independence in Europe’ means to us.

Speakers: Mhairi Black MP, member for Paisley and Renfrewshire South and member of the Westminster Work and Pensions Committee; Stephen Gethins MP, member for North East Fife, Shadow SNP Spokesperson on Europe and member of the Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee; Patrick Grady MP, member for Glasgow North and SNP Westminster Spokesperson on International Development and part of the Foreign Affairs team; Kirsten Oswald MP, member for East Renfrewshire, SNP Spokesperson for Armed Forces and Veterans and member of the Westminster SNP Defence team.

The conference is open to all SNP members.  Please bring your SNP membership card.