SNP conference 2012: Debate leads to pro-Nato vote

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The Scottish National Party has voted to change its traditional defence policy and back an independent Scotland staying in Nato

The party, which is meeting in Perth, has opposed membership of the military alliance for decades because it contains nuclear powers.

The SNP's leadership promised to rid an independent Scotland of nuclear weapons but argued membership of Nato would help build credibility amongst Scottish voters and neighbouring countries.

Opponents, including several MSPs, argued it was hypocritical for the party to oppose nuclear weapons but shelter under the umbrella of a nuclear alliance.

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