Fabian Hamilton - Member of Parliament for Leeds North East
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Statement on Nobel Peace Prize 2017 winner - ICAN

Fabian Hamilton MP, Shadow Minister for Peace and Disarmament, statement on the Nobel Peace Prize, awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN):


“As a long-time supporter of ICAN and the work it does to encourage the ultimate abolition of nuclear weapons worldwide, I am extremely pleased it has been awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. This comes in the year that ICAN have made ground breaking progress towards a comprehensive Nuclear Ban Treaty at the United Nations, after the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was agreed to by 122 member states in July this year. The Labour Party has shown its commitment to peaceful means of negotiation over conflict, and the work ICAN have done in support of this treaty has made an important and real difference to how nuclear weapons are viewed in the international community. Much like chemical and biological weapons, states that choose to use nuclear weapons should be seen on the same terms. Labour will work with ICAN to prevent the use of these horrific weapons that are not only a threat to innocent lives, but also a threat to international peace and stability. The British Government now needs to join the other 122 signatories to acknowledge and support the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty, so Britain can help lead the way on the banning and eventual abolition of nuclear weapons.”

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