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ICAN Accepts Nobel Peace Prize today!

Today ICAN accepts the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize at the awards ceremony in Oslo. 

Motion signatories Members of the Scotitsh Parliament and I wish ICAN all the best and congratulate them on being awarded this prestigious prize. Please see my motion of support for ICAN below along with an illustated video of Setsuko Thurlow's speech at the United Nations this July. 

ICAN Accepts 2017 Nobel Peace Prize at 10th December Award Ceremony 

That the Parliament congratulates ICAN on winning the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons; notes that Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of the United States' atomic bombing of Hiroshima, will jointly accept this prize along with the ICAN Executive Director, Beatrice Fihn, on 10 December 2017 in Oslo; highlights Thurlow’s pivotal role in the UN negotiations earlier this year, which led to the nuclear ban treaty adoption in July 2017, which has the intention of outlawing nuclear weapons; affirms the representation of Scotland at the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony through the Scottish ceremonial torch being brought to the torch-lit procession, and acknowledges the torch handover from the First Minister to the Scottish ICAN Liaison, Janet Fenton, symbolising Scotland’s commitment to a nuclear weapons-free world.

If You Love This Planet from ICAN on Vimeo.

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

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Pancreatic Cancer UK and Pancreatic Cancer Scotland came to Parliament this week to share with MSPs information about Pancreatic Cancer and how it affects Scotland. Over November people from across Scotland have been wearing the colour purple and fundraise to show solidarity with people living with this form of cancer. If you or someone you know has pancreatic cancer, I would suggest reading the Patients Charter, which outlines the standards of care that patients should receive.

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Money Advice Scotland Helpline and Online Courses

Money Advice Scotland Bill Kidd

I have pledged my support this week to Money Advice Scotland and their work in providing free, impartial and confidential money advice as well as promoting financial inclusion.

Money Advice Scotland, a registered charity, came into Parliament this week to give information on what services they provide which could benefit constituents. For example, they have trained money advisers and deliver financial education. They have also launched a new Helpline which can connect you to free and impartial money advice services in many areas of Scotland.

You can call the Helpline between 9am and 6pm, Monday-Friday on 0800 731 4722.

 

Total household debt has increased to its highest level since November 2008 as rising prices for essentials are combined with falling real incomes. The Money Advice Scotland Helpline is a vital resource for people living in Anniesland and I would encourage anyone facing financial difficulties to get in touch with the team at Money Advice Scotland.

Want to learn online? You can now sign up for the free online module in the Financial Capabili8ty Programme in either English or Polish.

http://www.moneyadvicescotland.org.uk/content/financial-capability-register

This is suitable for individuals needing help and for charity workers looking to best support people in difficult financial situations.  

Knightswood BMX Park Under Construction

 

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Construction work is underway on a new £3.7 million Olympic standard BMX track being built in Kinghtswood area of Glasgow ahead of the 2018 European Championships – an exciting new multi-sport event bringing together some of the continent’s leading sports.

The new BMX Centre at Knightswood Recreation Ground is the only permanent venue being constructed for use at Glasgow 2018 and will be Scotland’s only World and Olympic standard BMX track. Work is expected to be complete by late spring next year, after which the venue will host a number of test events in the lead up to Glasgow 2018.

Completion of Knightswood BMX Centre will mean Glasgow is the only city in the world with venues capable of hosting all four Olympic cycling discipline events (BMX, MTB, Road and Track) within its boundary. The others are the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome at the Emirates Arena (Track), Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails (MTB) and the city’s streets (Road).

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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