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Bill Kidd supports Stand up to Racism and Fascism

Bill Kidd MSP is proud to add his support to the #M21 #M21SCOT UN anti-racism demonstration on the 21st of March in Glasgow.

 

Bill Kidd welcomes funding for local groups

Local MSP, Bill Kidd, has welcomed £12,500 worth of grants to charities based and working in his constituency from Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland. Every year, the Foundation distributes just under £1 million through its Henry Duncan Awards programme to grassroots charities working in their local communities.

Grants have been awarded to:
•    Ignite Theatre to help meet the cost of employing an artistic director to work with disadvantaged young people (£4000)
•    Whiteinch Transformation to help pay the rent on the charity’s new premises (£4500)
•    Drumchapel Citizens Advice Bureau to help employ a part-time training officer (£4000)

Commenting, Bill Kidd MSP said:
“These awards show how Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland continues to be at the heart of funding local communities. I’m delighted all these grassroots charities based in my constituency are receiving grants to help support their great work with disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Many of the Henry Duncan grants go towards paying for existing staff and running costs, meaning they are a lifeline for local charities in this tough financial climate.”

Fiona Duncan, Chief Executive of Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland, added “We renamed our standard grants programme as the Henry Duncan Awards because we wanted to honour this great Scot whose actions ultimately led to the establishment of the Foundation. Today, we remain focused on funding local charities which aim to improve the quality of life for people who are disadvantaged. This and every year, we put nearly £1 million of funding into Scotland’s communities. We are proud of the difference we make.”

 

Notes
1. For 30 years, Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland has contributed to improving the lives of disadvantaged individuals and communities all across Scotland. The Foundation has given out over £97 million in grants and made almost 14,000 awards to countless charities.  In 2014, the grant maker challenged itself to be bold and pioneering when devising a new strategy to help meet the ever-changing needs of Scottish communities.

2. The Foundation’s main grants programme, called the Henry Duncan Awards, is for grassroots charities working in local communities with people who are disadvantaged. It has six funding rounds per year and the next deadlines for applications are 23rd March and 18th May. At its February 2015 meeting, the Board of Trustees agreed to make 38 grant awards putting over £153,000 of funding into communities all over Scotland. More information about the work of the Foundation is available at www.ltsbfoundationforscotland.org.uk

Nuclear convoys an "unacceptable risk"

The SNP is today expressing concern at reports that a convoy carrying nuclear weapons travelled through Glasgow on the 11th of January – and has highlighted additional safety concerns for the public due to the weather warning in place at the time.

As reported by the Scottish CND, the nuclear convoy travelled through the centre of Glasgow on the M74 and M8 between 11.35 and 11.55 pm during strong winds – heightening the already high safety concerns.

SNP MSP Bill Kidd has previously written to the MoD expressing his concerns for public safety – and calling for an immediate halt to the convoys travelling through Glasgow and other densely populated areas.

Commenting, SNP Westminster Leader and Defence spokesperson Angus Robertson said:

“This is hard to believe - while Scotland was being battered with gale force winds and truly awful weather – a nuclear convoy went through the heart of Scotland’s biggest city and over the Erskine Bridge. The SNP has always condemned the practice of these convoys as they pose a major risk – but in these conditions it is totally unacceptable and utterly chilling.     
 
“The people of Glasgow and Scotland have made clear our opposition to nuclear weapons being based on the Clyde, but Westminster remains committed wasting up to £100bn on a new generation. Only by voting SNP can Scotland make sure that it is rid of these awful weapons and their dangerous convoys for good.”

SNP MSP for Glasgow Anniesland and Co-President of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament Bill Kidd added:

“This practice is deeply worrying and poses an unacceptable risk to the people of Glasgow.  The idea that weapons of mass destruction are being transported through our city while we sleep is absolutely chilling – and shows the utter folly of basing nuclear weapons just 30 miles from our biggest population centre.

“The impact of any safety breach during one of these convoys does not bear thinking about.  It’s time that these immoral and unsafe weapons were removed from Scotland for good – and a strong vote for the SNP in May will send a clear message to the Westminster establishment on this issue.”

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Notes to editors

More information on the convoy can be found here: http://www.banthebomb.org/index.php/102-uncategorised/1642-nuclear-convoy-ignores-weather-warnings

Bill supports local grocers

Bill Kidd MSP has shown his support for locally owned independent convenience stores by attending the Scottish Grocers’ Federation (SGF) exhibition in the Scottish Parliament. Local convenience stores are community assets, providing valuable services to local people. They also provide vital routes to market for Scotland's manufacturers and wholesalers.

Bill commented:

"I use my local convenience store regularly, so I know first hand what a friendly and helpful service they provide. There's a real affection in communities across Glasgow for their local shop, and for the staff who are there for their customers all year round. People depend on their grocers for everyday necessities, and they are also a very important source of social contact."

SGF is the national trade association for the independent convenience store sector in Scotland and the exhibition aimed to highlight the contribution convenience stores make to the community and to the local economy.

There are 5,500 convenience stores in Scotland, they provide over 42,000 jobs and the total value of sales is about £3.7 billion a year to the national economy. A typical convenience store also re re-invests hundreds of thousands of pounds back into the local economy by using local services and suppliers and, of course, by providing jobs.

Abdul Majid, President of SGF, said:

We were delighted to see Bill at our exhibition. The support of MSPs for locally owned convenience stores is vital if we are to sustain vibrant high streets and town centres. Convenience stores are at the heart of our communities and are vital to the local economy.

Bill pictured with SGF National Executive members Saleem Saddiq and Dennis Williams

Bill Kidd MSP wears it pink

Bill Kidd MSP has joined the fight against breast cancer by taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign’s flagship fundraiser, wear it pink day.

The theme of wear it pink this year is to ‘look good, do good’ in support of breast cancer research. On Friday 24 October people across the country will come together to find fun and stylish ways to wear pink in the office, at home or at school. Donations raised by this year’s fashion inspired event will go to Breast Cancer Campaign to fund lifesaving breast cancer research.  

Bill says: “Every year in Scotland more than 4,500 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Sadly, more than 1,000 women die from this disease each year. This is why we need to support Breast Cancer Campaign’s fundraising efforts to support world-class breast cancer research that saves and improves lives, giving people quicker diagnoses and more effective treatments. I hope you’ll all join me by wearing it pink on Friday 24 October and showing your support for breast cancer research.”

Wear it pink on Friday 24 October to support Breast Cancer Campaign’s lifesaving research. For more information or to register for wear it pink and receive your fundraising pack visit www.wearitpink.org.

 

•    Breast Cancer Campaign funds innovative breast cancer research, bringing together the brightest minds to share knowledge to produce better, quicker results to overcome and outlive breast cancer.

•    As of June 2014, Breast Cancer Campaign funds 90 research grants throughout the UK and Ireland, worth over £13 million. We currently fund 7 grants in Scotland worth £1,354,320.

•    Breast Cancer Campaign has launched the campaign ‘#spreadtheword to stop the spread’, to highlight that breast cancer is not a done deal. Visit breastcancercampaign/spreadtheword

•    Breast Cancer Campaign’s action plan Help us find the cures sets out 66 key actions Breast Cancer Campaign will take to address the gaps in breast cancer research to overcome and outlive breast cancer by 2050. breastcancercampaign.org/breast-cancer-research/help-us-find-the-cures

•    The Breast Cancer Campaign Tissue Bank, the UK’s first ever national breast cancer tissue bank, is a unique collaboration with four leading research institutions to create a vital resource of breast cancer tissue for researchers across the UK and Ireland. Visit breastcancertissuebank.org

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and accounts for nearly one in three of all cancers in women. In the UK, around 50,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year - that’s 138 a day. Visit breastcancercampaign.org or follow us at twitter.com/bccampaign

Bill Kidd MSP

Welcome

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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