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MSP Bill Kidd 'disappointed' recommendations from shipbuilding report could cost Scotstoun yard work

MSP Bill Kidd 'disappointed' recommendations from shipbuilding report could cost Scotstoun yard work

30.11.16 Maxine McArthur, Reporter / //www.twitter.com/@MaxineMcArthur" target="_blank"> @MaxineMcArthur

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ANNIESLAND MSP Bill Kidd is “disappointed” recommendations from a new Royal Navy shipbuilding review could cost the Clyde yards work.

The review is expected to recommend work on warships should be shared among companies across the UK, just weeks after Scotstoun shipbuilding giant BAE secured a deal to produce eight larger Type 26 frigates next summer.

But Sir John Parker, who carried out the review, has not confirmed where another eight smaller, general purpose Type 31 Frigates will be built there.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “On the Type 31, the new frigate, we want to see that built in the most competitive way, and I think our investigation shows that probably the lowest cost and the fastest time of build can be done by building it in a distributed way across the country and also, of course, distribute prosperity and highly skilled jobs.”

He added that distributing work to several locations reduces the “cycle time of actual construction”.

SNP MSP Bill Kidd said: “While on behalf of the workforce, I think Sir John Parker’s statement that the Type 26 Class Frigates are to be built in what is acknowledged as the UK centre of excellence the River Clyde yards is no more than the workers deserve, I am disappointed the modular approach to the Type 31E will mean that in the longer term Westminster’s need to pander to political pressure could cost the Clyde yards, or even Rosyth for that matter, further security.”

Drumhub July 2016

Promoting Drumhub: A community Charity. 5th July 2016 at the Fountain of Love Church with support from COPE, Play on Pedals, 187th Clyde Drumchapel Scounting Group, and Axis Health Hubs. 

Bill Welcomes the Edinburgh Taxi Outing Outside the Scottish Parliament

Every year on the second Tuesday in June, Edinburgh's taxi drivers treat some very special children to a day at the seaside. This year (2016) marks the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Taxi Outing. This year's taxis included a wide arrange of decorations and characters, including the Minions from Pixar's "Despicable Me" movies, Light Buzzyear from Disney's "Toy Story", Chewbacca from "Star Wars", and other fun characters. The children, parents, and drivers were armed with water guns and other water toys. 

Bill welcomed the taxis outside the Scottish Parliament as they drove past, and quickly became the victim of a particularly powerful water canon. 


Regarding the Edinburgh Taxi Outing, Bill says: "It is a wonderful and fun tradition that brings joy to participants and witnesses alike. I applaud the drivers for their care and creativity, and hope all participants - children and parents - enjoy this special occasion."


Bill Kidd MSP Mentioned in Nobel Peace Prize Nomination

Dr Atici, a member of the Turkey’s Republican People’s Party (CHP), nominated the Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) group for a Nobel Peace Prize, citing Bill Kidd MSP’s efforts and accomplishments as Co-President of PNND. The nomination noted that Bill Kidd “has moved the Scottish Parliament to vote overwhelmingly in favour of banning nuclear weapons from Scotland, including the UK nuclear weapons deployed on submarines based in Faslane”.

Regarding the nomination, Bill said: “It is a real honour to be mentioned in the nomination. More important, though, is the recognition of the work done by parliamentarians around the world to oppose nuclear weapons, including the renewal of Trident.

The SNP have always been resolute to our opposition to nuclear weapons. Our commitment is not just a nuclear free Scotland but a nuclear free world. PNND plays an important role in building a global network in favour of nuclear disarmament, and it is a privilege to be a part of that.”

Bill Kidd MSP - Thank you for your vote

This past election was one of the most important elections for Scotland, with our health services, our trade relations, and our position in the European Union hanging in the balance. Given this importance, I am pleased that the Scottish people have chosen to put their trust in the SNP to govern once again. I am especially honoured to have been chosen to represent the people of Anniesland and thank each and every person who has supported my journey – from my campaign team that worked day and night to the individuals that turned out to vote on my behalf on May 5th. In 2011 I had been voted in as a MSP by only 7 votes and this year I received 52% of the total votes. This difference illustrates that the people of Anniesland trust me to represent their needs at the constituency and Parliament level, and I intend to work tirelessly to ensure that these needs are met. Over the next five years, I will continue to hold surgeries in all the communities across Glasgow Anniesland to listen to people’s issues, whether these are health, employment, trade union, environmental, housing or policing matters. In the Scottish Parliament, I hope to continue to serve in my role as the Government’s chief whip and help deliver a program for government which benefits all the people of Scotland. Lastly, I will continue to work hard to achieve nuclear disarmament in Scotland and across the world within the Scottish Parliament and within my role as co-chair of an international parliamentary organisation (PNND).     

I am grateful for this opportunity to work on behalf of all the people of Anniesland, and thank you once again for supporting me and trusting me to represent you.

Yours sincerely,

Bill Kidd MSP

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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