Protest over Council's Arms Trade Investment

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PROTESTERS last night picketed Wallasey Town Hall as the council's pension committee met inside.

The continuing protest is against the committee's decision not to heed calls for it to pull out of investments involving the arms trade.

The demonstration, led by the Stop the War Coalition, attracted between 40 and 50 protesters and included members of the Green Party, Merseyside TUC and CND.

Mark Holt, spokesman for the demonstrators, said their intention was to maintain pressure on the pensions committee.

He said: "We want to tell the pensions committee we are not going away, and this issue is not going away.

"We will be outside Wallasey Town Hall as long as it takes to ensure we get this decision overturned."

Wirral Council, which administers the pension fund shared by five Merseyside councils, blocked attempts to halt investment on ethical grounds last November.

This was despite councils in Liverpool, St Helens and Knowsley, whose employees are among the pension fund's thousands of investors, all passing resolutions calling for the fund to pull out of companies involved in the arms trade.

Last year the Daily Post revealed the fund had pounds 13. …