Published on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 10:29
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."
Published on Thursday, 09 June 2016 11:41
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.”
Published on Thursday, 02 June 2016 10:16
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.
Bill Kidd MSP
Published on Tuesday, 24 May 2016 15:28
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 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.