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Sign up for a nuclear ban – CND hands in hundreds of signatures to May

CND marked the opening of the nuclear ban treaty for signatures in New York with an event in Downing Street, central London.

On 20 September, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) handed in hundreds of letters from citizens across the United Kingdom at No 10 Downing St in London. The United Nations had started to accept signatures for the nuclear arms ban treaty earlier the same day.

'British democracy has happened this afternoon. The public have made their voice heard, and we hope that the prime minister will take notice,' said Kate Hudson, CND general secretary. 'There’s a big multi-signature petition to Mrs May getting her to take the ban treaty seriously.'

Prior to the delivery of the letters, CND read its own letter outside the gates of Downing Street. The campaign encouraged the prime minister to sign the treaty the 'start of a long struggle'. 'Nothing is going to happen instantaneously… this is the first step today,' said Hudson. The general secretary also discussed public opinion polls from British citizens have shown their desire for the prime minister to show support of the treaty. 'We have to do the best we can to translate that public sentiment into political top-level sentiment,' Hudson said.

Catherine Tauriello is a student reporter from the US working with PN in London.