Nuclear proliferationMarch 16, 2010
This morning I spoke at the Royal Society headquarters in London about the enormous political challenge posed by nuclear proliferation. With me on the panel were Des Browne, former Secretary of State for Defence, and Baroness Shirley Williams, former Cabinet Minister and now adviser to the Prime Minister on proliferation issues. The session was chaired by Lord (Martin) Rees, President of the Royal Society, Astronomer Royal and Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics at Cambridge. add to that an audience of senior scientists and nuclear policy experts and you can see why I found the meeting a bit daunting in prospect.
The conference had been organised by the Royal Society to mark the publication of its paper on what scientists can do to help address the challenge of nuclear proliferation. You can read that paper here.
I’d been asked to speak on how a Conservative government would address the isues of nuclear proliferation and multi-lateral disarmament. What’s encouraging is that there is now a great deal of cross-party agreement on these issues. There was little with which I disagreed in what either Des or Shirley said.
You can access my speech here: Nuclear Proliferation Speech at the Royal Society