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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.”

ENDS

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

Black History Month

October is Black History Month, and Bill would like to encourage all constituents to get involved in the many events planned across Glasgow. These are wide ranging and includes talks, comedy, walking tours, quiz nights and much more!


A full programme and more information is available on the CRER website: http://www.crer.org.uk/black-history-month-2014

Vote for Temple/Shafton Youth Project!

Temple/Shafton Youth Project has been shortlisted for the Bank of Scotland Community Fund, and local MSP Bill Kidd would like to encourage all local people to vote for them to secure the top funding award.

£3,000 is on offer to the community group that secures most votes from its local community. Three further grants of £2,000, £1,000 and £500 are available to the other three community groups shortlisted. Temple/Shafton Youth Project intend to use the money to purchase a defibrillator, as it has recently can to light that there are two young people in the project who may need one at any time.

The vote is now open and runs until 10 October 2014. The easiest way to vote is online at www.bankofscotland.co.uk/communityfund.

Voting is open to all our supporters, users, colleagues and the wider public.  A voter does not need to be a Bank of Scotland customer to take part.  

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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