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Campaigning against arms exports

Sutton for Peace and Justice wants to see an end to arms exports to both repressive regimes and also to developing countries where the focus should be on practical development support, not arms.

A delegation from Sutton for Peace and Justice met with local MP Tom Brake last year to make this case. We are following up on the issues discussed and hope to be able to post an update shortly.

We also had an interesting meeting where Paul Tippel from Twickenham, Richmond and Kingston Network against the Arms Trade, TRAKNAT, explained what they were doing to campaign for similar ends, and in particular how they were lobbying their local MP Vince Cable who, as Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, is responsible for the licensing of weapons exports and for the UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation, the government agency that promotes arms exports. For more information see the TRAKNAT website.

TRAKNAT organised a public meeting with Vince Cable in November. A report of the meeting can be found on OpEdNews, and another at politics.co.uk.

If you are interested in getting involved in campaigning against arms exports and the arms trade or would like to find out more, please get in touch.

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