13 October 2021 — Declassified UK
In this revealing film we investigate an arms factory in Warton, Lancashire making warplanes to bomb Yemen – the world’s worst humanitarian disaster. Interviewing local residents and a former Foreign Office lawyer, our team tracks down a secretive supply flight that Britain’s largest arms company BAE Systems sends every week from Warton to Saudi Arabia, and questions whether the air war could continue without UK support.
We will be joined by the Local Outreach Coordinator for Campaign Against Arms Trade, Kirsten Bayes. Kirsten argues that the UK’s addiction to arms trading is a vestige of empire and great power politics that continues to empower despots and immiserate the world’s most vulnerable people.
As well as by Declassified UK board member Andrew Feinstein. Andrew is a former MP of the African National Congress in South Africa who resigned in protest at the party’s refusal to allow a meaningful investigation into a £5bn arms deal, which was tainted by allegations of significant, high level corruption. He is the author of the best-selling After the Party: Corruption, the ANC and South Africa’s Uncertain Future and the critically acclaimed The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade
The Q&A has a limited number of FREE tickets available, prompt registration is recommended. We hope to see many of you there and look forward to answering any questions and discussing the future of the arms trade.
The Declassified UK Team