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Within days of it being launched, 2,000 people are said to have signed a Stop the War Coalition open letter opposing a call for increased military spending from the Trade Union Congress (TUC), a union federation in England and Wales.

The Stop the War petition, put out in the run-up to May Day, was a response to a motion passed at the TUC congress last October. This supported ‘immediate increases in defence spending’ and demanded ‘a 30-year pipeline of defence work across sectors’, including the Dreadnought programme, which is building the Trident replacement submarine force to carry Britain’s nuclear weapons. More info: