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Bill Kidd MSP Meets Hiroshima Survivor, Setsuko Thurlow

 A long-time advocate for a nuclear-free Scotland,  Bill Kidd MSP recently met Setsuko Thurlow, an 84-year old survivor of the Hiroshima bombing, as she warned against the dangers of nuclear weapons.

Ms Thurlow was just over a mile away from the centre of the Hiroshima bomb which killed around 135,000 people. She has since travelled the world campaigning against nuclear weapons and today argued that the UK Government should end the renewal of Trident.

Earlier this year Bill Kidd was included in a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in his role as Co-President of the anti-nuclear group Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND).

On the visit, Bill says: 

“It was a great honour to meet Ms Thurlow as she made a powerful and compelling testimony of the dangers of nuclear weapons.

“At a time when we should be working to reduce the number of nuclear weapons in the world the UK Government plan to spend £167bn building a new generation of Trident submarines.

“Trident serves no military purpose. It is an expensive status symbol and the SNP will always be steadfast in our opposition to weapons of mass destruction.

“With a fleet of nuclear submarines sitting just 30 miles from Scotland’s most populous city, it’s time we learn the lessons of history and abandon these obscene and dangerous nuclear weapons once and for all.”

 

Bill hopes that Setsuko's visit to Scotland will act as a reminder as to why it's so important we fight to scrap Trident and ensure a nuclear-free Scotland.

Bill Kidd MSP Supports Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week

Down’s Syndrome Scotland, which supports people with Down’s syndrome, their families and professionals, organised an exhibition for MSPs at the Scottish Parliament to highlight Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week (16th-22nd March 2015) and the United Nations World Down’s Syndrome Day (Saturday 21st March 2015). Glasgow Anniesland's Bill Kidd MSP welcomed the opportunity to learn a little more about Down’s syndrome to better represent and help constituents. The event gave MSPs a chance to obtain information on the condition and the importance of communication skills for people with Down’s Syndrome in Scotland.

Bill commented: “Children with Down’s Syndrome and their parents need continuous support with speech and language therapy. Better communication not only helps children and parents to bond but it also helps children and teenagers with Down’s Syndrome to perform better at school and develop friendships.

"Being able to communicate also improves the chances of all adults with Down’s Syndrome to maintain a good quality of life and maintain wellbeing. We know that by age 40, people with Down’s Syndrome have an increased risk of developing dementia. Communications skills should therefore be at the core of delivering person-centred care. Communication is key to inclusion. By supporting people with Down’s Syndrome to develop and maintain their communication skills we ensure that their voices can be heard in decisions affecting their lives and that their rights are upheld and respected by all.”

Pandora Summerfield, Chief Executive of Down’s Syndrome Scotland, said: “Through our work we have gathered evidence on the benefits of running communication groups for children with Down’s syndrome and their parents. To get it right for every child with Down’s Syndrome, greater recognition and resources should be given to improving communication skills across the country.

"To gain employment, maintain relationships and take part in local activities, individuals need to communicate with each other. Some of them may also be affected by early onset dementia and it is crucial to make sure that they can continue to communicate with their carers.”

Notes:

  1.  Down’s Syndrome Scotland is the only Scottish charity focused solely on the needs of people with Down’s syndrome and their family carers.  It provides information, support and services for people with Down’s syndrome, their families, carers and those with a professional interest. It also seeks to improve knowledge and understanding and champion the rights of people with Down’s syndrome.
  2.  Down’s syndrome is caused by an extra copy of chromosome 21 inside some or all of the body’s cells. Approximately 1 in 1,000 babies are born with Down’s syndrome in the UK. It is one of the most common congenital conditions, which occurs in all ethnic groups.  It is the most prevalent chromosomal disorder and also the most frequently recognised cause of intellectual disability.  
  3.  For more details on Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week (16th-22nd March 2015), United Nations World Down’s Syndrome Day (21st March 2015) and how to get involved, visit www.dsscotland.org.uk/awareness.

Bill Kidd welcomes innovative new bank notes

Glasgow Anniesland MSP Bill Kidd has welcomed the introduction of the new Clydesdale Bank £5 polymer bank note. The Clydesdale Bank has been issuing notes since 1838, and this new innovation is more secure, cleaner and more durable than traditional paper notes. The note commemorates the Scottish designer and manufacturer Sir William Arrol, and the Forth Rail Bridge, which was designed by Arrol's Glasgow's based engineering company.

Commenting on the launch of the new bank note, Bill said:

"I welcome this innovation in bank notes in Scotland, which has proven to be successful in other parts of the world. This is a cleaner and more long lasting note, offering better security and confidence to consumers. 

"Putting more money in people's pockets in these straitened financial times is of great concern to me; I hope that an the expansion of the SNP MPs in Westminster will go some way to achieving a change in the austerity politics and severe cuts we've seen in recent years."

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

Bill Kidd MSP

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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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