DML (who own the Dockyard) and the Navy have taken part before and will almost certainly do so this year.
Date: Thursday 4th May 2006.
CND BANNED FROM LORD MAYOR’S DAY.
The Plymouth branch of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament has been banned from taking any part in the forthcoming Lord Mayor’s Day events in Plymouth.
Our Secretary, Shirley Law, had previously been told in a telephone conversation that those groups which delivered the relevant paperwork on time (Plymouth CND had done so) would have no difficulty in being accepted as taking part in the Parade and, presumably, other events.
Ms Law then received a letter from the City Council’s Marketing and Events Officer, a Ms Kay Judd.
The full text read:
‘This might be disappointing news but, with reference to your application to be part of Lord Mayor’s Day, I have taken advice from other parties and it is felt that this is not an appropriate event for the Plymouth CND.
Lord Mayor’s Day is a non-political and family fun day; therefore we have to decline your entry.’
Plymouth CND would be interested to know who these ‘other parties’ were when this decision was made.
Plymouth CND would also be interested to know whether DML and/or the Royal Navy, both of which have taken part in previous events, will be allowed to take part while Plymouth CND are apparently banned from any involvement.
One member said: ‘This is a disgraceful attempt by the City Council to enact censorship of ‘inconvenient’ opinion by the back door.’
Notes to Editors:
1. The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) is one of the largest single-issue peace campaigns in the UK, with 32,000 members. For further information visit www.cnduk.org
2. Plymouth CND re-formed late last year and has been active for some months in the Plymouth area.