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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.

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