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23 March 2007

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Trident – a missed chance for a safer world - preview

Parliamentary researcher Jessica Metheringham watches as security men throw out protesters during heated Trident debate

The protests against renewing Trident were not enough: under this government protesting makes no difference at all
  • For the Trident vote on Wednesday 14 March I watched the division from the public gallery above the floor of the chamber


  • At six o'clock exactly, two teenagers stood up in the public gallery behind me, holding up a large rainbow peace flag
  • The doorkeepers immediately sprang into action, removing the flag and escorting out the protesters
  • One of them – a girl who cannot have been more than seventeen years old – refused to go, slumping motionless down on the seat
  • Even so, the doorkeepers, much taller and stronger than she was, were able to quickly carry her out, and I thought I saw a hint of annoyance behind her carefully passive expression

  • Jessica Metheringham

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