Gathering in Leeds this weekend to celebrate Nobel Peace Prize award for international campaign to 'abolish nuclear weapons'

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Politicians and peace demonstrators will gather in Leeds this weekend to celebrate the success of an international campaign that aims to ban nuclear weapons.

MPs, councillors and local peace campaigners will take part in the event, held in the Mill Hill Chapel, City Square, on Sunday.

It has been organised to celebrate the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

The prize is being awarded to ICAN, in recognition of their role in achieving the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, adopted by the UN in July.

It has been backed by 122 countries.

Leeds North East MP Fabian Hamilton, Labour's Shadow Minister for Peace and Disarmament, will be in Olso, Norway, where the award ceremony is being held.

He told the YEP: “I am thrilled to be attending the Nobel Peace Prize presentation in Oslo this weekend to celebrate the work of ICAN.

"The recognition of ICAN and others shows that a world free of nuclear weapons is a realistic prospect. Labour would look to sign the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty and use Britain’s international power to bring nuclear non-proliferation into the mainstream political agenda, in order to finally remove the possibility of nuclear war and to take steps towards a more peaceful world.”

The ceremony in Oslo will be live streamed live at the event in Leeds from noon.

It will be attended by Leeds North West MP Alex Sobel, who signed the ICAN campaign's Parliamentary Pledge.