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Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the campaign awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its work for the new UN Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), will visit Scotland on Wednesday, meeting Cabinet Secretary for External Affairs Fiona Hyslop, on behalf of the Scottish government, before joining a vigil at Faslane naval base in the afternoon, where she will be welcomed by a 14 year-old girl piper.

Since the Nobel award, Beatrice has travelled extensively to meet political and civil leaders worldwide and her visit is in recognition of Scotland's distinctive stance within the UK on nuclear weapons and the encouragement that stance gives to the international disarmament movement.

The piper who will welcome Beatrice to the Faslane vigil is Emma Montgomery, of Bellshill, from a family noted for its witness against nuclear weapons. Emma's grandmother Fiona and great-grandmother Jean were both arrested at protests against Polaris and Trident, and Fiona, who worked for Scottish CND in the 80s, is a committed and active campaigner.

Emma said:

I am really, really pleased to be able to play my bagpipes at Faslane to help Scottish CND and ICAN. My gran and my great grandma were both arrested protesting against nuclear weapons and I am proud of what they did. I want to support a really big CND demonstration at Faslane in September. I don’t want Scotland to have nuclear weapons.”

Emma’s great grandmother Jean (83) , said:

I felt these weapons were immoral in the 1960s and that it was vital to protest. While it is incredibly sad that all these years on there are still nuclear weapons in Scotland, I am really inspired by the work of ICAN and the new treaty to ban nuclear weapons. I am thrilled that my great granddaughter Emma will be playing the pipes at Faslane when Beatrice Fihn visits. Young people deserve a world free of nuclear weapons.”

ICAN Partners in Scotland are Scottish CND, Medact Scotland, Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre, UN House Scotland, Trident Ploughshares.


Drumchapel Citizen Advice Bureau and Glasgow Eagles Receive Corra Foundation Grants

During the past year Corra Foundation has funded £8,075 in grants for local charities. Each year, the foundation distributes nearly £1 million through its Henry Duncan Grants programme to grassroots charities working in their local communities.

Within Glasgow Anniesland, the Drumchapel Citzen Advice Bureau has been awarded a grant of £4,500 towards the salary of the part-time Training Officer, and the Glasgow Eagles Special Needs Sports Club has been awarded a grant of £3,575 towards running costs of delivery of the tabletennis group for children and adults with a physical or learning disability.

These awards show how the Corra Foundation continues to be at the heart of funding local communities. I’m delighted these grassroots charities are receiving these funds, enabling them to continue their great work in the Glasgow Anniesland consitutency. Many of the Henry Duncan Grants go towards staff and running costs, which means that they are a lifeline for local charities in this tough financial climate.

Corra Foundation Chief Executive Fiona Duncan says “Corra Foundation is privileged to be able to contribute to the work of local groups across Scotland, supporting them as they make a real difference in the lives of many people, including vulnerable children and young people, isolated older people, unpaid carers, families experiencing poverty and people affected by disability or mental health issues. We are committed to our vision of a society in which people create positive change and enjoy fulfilling lives and distributing £1m a year via the Henry Duncan Grants is part of this.”

I have submitted a Motion to the Scottish Parliament to congratulate both the Drumchapel Citizen Advice Bureau and the Glasgow Eagles for being awarded grants.

Help Needed to Take Trident to Court and Rally Date Change

Help to stop Trident war crimes 

Almost 2 years ago Angie Zelter with the backing of Trident Ploughshares started PICAT - the Public Interest Case Against Trident. 5 groups joined in with 399 people supporting the the project and they tried to get a private prosecution of the Prime Minister and Defence Minister for planning to use Trident in certain unspecified circumstances by presenting an indictment and evidence at our local magistrates court.

Now, after much correspondence with the Attorney General he has refused our case saying we have insufficient evidence. See for more details. However, this is a 'political' decision not an informed and impartial decision on the legal merits of the case. Therefore papers have been served to ask for a Judicial Review of this decision.

In order to fund the Judicial Review and the collection of even more evidence and possibly a renewed attempt to the Attorney-General they have set up a crowd funding appeal with crowdjustice who are a web-based platform for these kinds of legal campaigns.

This page went live today and needs your help. They have to raise their target of £10,000 in only 30 days from the launch (otherwise the pledges are not collected) so please make a donation now.

Change of date for September Rally

At a recent Scottish CND executive meeting it was decided to change the date of the planned rally at the Faslane Nuclear Base scheduled for Saturday September 15 . This was to avoid a clash with another event in Glasgow on that day. The rally will now take place on Saturday, 22nd of  September 2018. Please add it to your calendar. Further details will be published online and information will go out through Scottish CND mailings.





West Glasgow Minor Injuries Unit Re-Opens

The West Glasgow Ambulatory Care Hospital (which is part of the larger NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde chain of hospitals) has recently reopened its Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) on Dalnair Street in Yorkhill. The MIU can treat a variety of minor injuries ranging in severity from minor burns to cuts that require stitches.

From 3 Janurary 2018, the MIU in West Glasgow will remain open from 9am to 5pm until further notice. This MIU will operate on a "drop-in service," which means that patients do not need to schedule an appointment beforehand.

Illnesses are not be treated by the MIU. Chest pains, breathing difficulties, major injuries, and other health issues that you may face should be treated by your GP rather than the team in a Minor Injuries Unit.



Palestinian Firefighters Training in Scotland

Jan 2018 palestinian firefighters

8 firefighters from Hebron in Palestine came to Scotland to be trained in using Breathing Appartus as part of an ongoing cooperation between the Scottish Government, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the Fire Brigades Union. Since 2009 the FBU have coordinated groups of firefighters coming over each year to train in various aspects of firefighting, and the Fire and Rescue Service have always been excellent at providing accomodation and training. In addition, older equiptment is also sent to various parts of Palestine to assist fellow firefighters.

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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