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Bill Signs the #NuclearBan Treaty on this historic day!

State represenatives gather in New York at the United Nations Headquarters today, 20th September 2017, on the eve of the International Day of Peace to sign the historic Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. As of 4pm (GMT) 42 countries, of the required 50, have signed the treaty and two of these have already ratified it. It is anticipated that over 122 states will likely sign in the coming days. 

MSPs, including myself, have gather outside of the Scottish Parliament today to show support for the International Day of Peace and, significantly, the Nuclear Ban Treaty Signing.

Keep up to date on the progress of State Parties Signing on ICAN: http://www.icanw.org/status-of-the-treaty-on-the-prohibition-of-nuclear-weapons/

BK Nuclear Ban Treaty Signing photo 2

ICAN on Treaty Signing 2

Jenny Olson Signing the pledge 2

Bringing Drumchapel to the Scottish Parliament

General Questions screen shot drumchapel 14.09.17

Today I brought Drumchapel, and tis prospects for regeneration as a Town Centre, to the heart of Scottish Politics. Addressing the Minister for Local Government and Housing, Kevin Stewart MSP, I was able to ask what progress is being made in delivering Town Centre Status for underdeveloped areas, such as Drumchapel. Watch this, and the rest of General Questions for Ministers here.

Happy 100th birthday, Mary!

Mary Strichen 100th Birthday

I am extremely pleased to wish Mary a very happy 100th birthday! Unfortuantely, due to Parliament Business and votes, I am unable to join her at her birthday party tonight, but I wish her the best of times. Here is a picture of Mary and I celebrating a few days early instead!

£25,000 Charity Funding Lump Sum- Apply Now!

If you are a charity in Glasgow Anniesland then please make sure to apply to the Glasgow Airport Flight Path Fund. This fund will give a lump sum of £25,000 to a local charity, and will consider all applications made before the 20th October 2017. 

FlightFund Glasgow Airpport

As long as your charity, based or operating within Glasgow, can demonstrate how it has created a 'significant and sustainable benefit to the communinty,' then you are urged to apply. 

The charity must outline and evidence in its application positive outcomes in one of the following three areas: 

  1. Education
  2. Employment
  3. Environment 

Ideally you should also highlight and evidence, if applicable, how the charity benefits a significant number of people within the community.  

The closing date for applications is Friday, October 20. The Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund’s committee will consider entries at the final meeting of the year on Friday, November 3, and announce details of the beneficiary group in due course.

To download an application, or to find out more about applying for support from Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund, visit the website’s community section at: www.glasgowairport.com/community/flightpath-fund

World's Biggest Coffee Morning

Macmillan Cancer Support visited the Scottish Parliament to host a coffee morning ahead of the world wide 'World's Biggest Coffee Morning' fundraiser. I was very pleased to take part in this and help raise awareness of the charity and the fun way in which we can all get involved. One in three people will face cancer in their lives, and Macmillan is there to help those facing cancer to continue to live life their way. This year, on the 29th September, we all have the opportunity to get involved.

Macmillan 2017 Coffee Morning

Does drinking coffee and eating cake really help? 


Last year alone £29.5 million was raised through just one morning's worth of coffee and cake. Having a delicious slice with your friends really can make all of the difference. 

Is it easy to host one myself? 

Macmillan provide free packages to help you organise your cofee morning, along with practical advice for the day. This makes it not just easy but lots of fun as well. http://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/about/what/

Where can I find one near me? 

There are lots of coffee mornings taking place across Glasgow Anniesland. Pop along with your friends to your closest coffee morning. Find it here: http://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/about/search 

Bill Kidd MSP


Bill is MSP for Glasgow Anniesland. 

His major political interests are the development of policies to eradicate poverty, job creation, housing policy and an end to the nuclear power and weapons programmes of successive British Governments.

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