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COVID-19 UPDATE

17 March 2020

I’m sure you will have seen the breaking updates on the on-going Covid-19 outbreak. The health and wellbeing of my constituents and staff is paramount and following the recent announcements on self-isolating and in the interest of reducing the spread of the virus, it has been necessary to cancel my MSP surgeries until further notice.

If you need to contact myself, or my office, please use any of the options at the foot of this message. For safety reasons I am asking constituents not to turn up at our offices in case we are closed and working from home; this is following the advice that everyone should stop non-essential contact and avoid social venues.

My staff and I will still be working hard to ensure that our community receives support within our capacity and we ask that if you or someone you know is self-isolating or finding it difficult in obtaining food and or other amenities, please, please get in touch and we will do the best we can to assist you.

This is a very uncertain and challenging time for everyone and I know people are anxious so thanks in advance for all the support you are giving to each other.

Thank you to everyone for your understanding and co-operation during this difficult time.

 

Bill Kidd MSP

Glasgow Anniesland

The Scotland Against Coronavirus campaign – we need your help!

Around one in five people in Scotland are living with chest, heart and stroke conditions, and they are at much higher risk of complications from the coronavirus.

Many people across our communities are more vulnerable to the impact of coronavirus.  Please join the fight to stand up against coronavirus with Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland. You can use your smartphone to help save lives using the power of your social networks. Sign up to #ScotlandAgainstCoronavirus now and find out how to do your bit at www.chss.org.uk/coronavirus

If you know anyone who is worried or concerned about any aspect of living with their health condition at this difficult time, please advise them to contact our free Advice line on 0808 801 0899.  Our Advice Line nurses are there to lend a friendly ear, and to help with any questions or concerns, no matter how big or small.

Anniesland Youth at Parliament- The War Game Event

Last month I was delighted to sponsor an event showcasing 'The War Game' and discussing the how Governments and Media sometimes try to supress infomration. Professor John Cook of Glasgow Caledonian University and pupils from Anniesland and the North West of Glasgow schools spoke at this event about the 1960s documentary.

This short film looks at the impact a nuclear strike would have on local populations in the UK. The film was suppressed by the BBC and there is evidence implicating the British Government in this suppression of information. In speaking and engaging with the event at the Scottish Parliament, the pupils did a fantastic job of representing their schools and wider communities. This event was organised by Scottish CND and Glasgow Caledonian University.  

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Campa Sradagan --Spors Gàidhlig!

Campa Sradagan has taken place overy summer since 1997 and many Gaelic speaking children from all over Scotland have taken part. These camps are vital if young people are to be encouraged to use their Gaelic facility.  

This year they are once again returning to Harris where the camps have been based for eight or nine years. 

The programme is a mix of outdoor activities such as gorge walking and stand-up paddle boarding as well as arts and crafts, beach games, eagle spotting, quizes and the famous final night cèilidh.  

Spòrs Gàidhlig exisits to provide opportunities for young people to use Gaelic through safe, fun and adventurous activities. These can be stand alone, or linked to the Curriculum and school-based learning. They cater for Gaelic speakers, Gaelic learners and those new to the language.

The aim to provide young people with positive, supportive and fun experiences through Gaelic. The programme caters to Gaelic speakers, Gaelic learners and those new to the language.

The aim is to provide young people with positive, supportive and fun experiences through Gaelic.

They are offering a £10 discount on places on the first Campa Sradagan in 2020 for any registration made before the end of January. That means that places are available for £265 instead of the normal price of £275.  
  

 https://www.spors.scot/gd/

 

Move the Nuclear Weapons Money – The Global Campaign

Count the Nuclear Weapons Money action was part of a global campaign Move the Nuclear Weapons Money.

NuclearMoneyVanda Proskova and Bill Kidd prepare the nuclear weapons money for counting

‘The campaign is aimed at curtailing a dangerous nuclear arms race by cutting off the budgets and investments that fund the weapons, and to use these funds to instead address and resolve climate change, poverty, international conflicts and inequality,’ said Alyn Ware, co-founder of the campaign and one of the core members of Count the Nuclear Weapons Money.

‘The nuclear weapons industry makes billions of dollars and uses their wealth and power to promote the nuclear arms race and increased spending on nuclear weapons. But we can take back this power through divestment and legislative action.’(See New Anti-Nuclear Campaign to Stop Funding of Nuclear Weapons, Associated Press).

‘The campaign is making progress on divestment action, and is getting support from all types of people, young and old, from all sorts of backgrounds and from nuclear-armed and non-nuclear countries,’ said Vanda Proskova, Vice-Chair of PragueVision Institute for Sustainable Security, curator of the Move the Nuclear Weapons Money memes exhibition and one of the core members of Count the Nuclear Weapons Money.

‘Counting the nuclear weapons money this past week puts (non-fossil) fuel into the campaign by demonstrating the staggering amounts of money currently going into nuclear weapons and the amount of good this money could make for ensuring a peaceful and sustainable planet if it was re-directed.’

Originally Posted at http://www.nuclearweaponsmoney.org/news/over-500-billion-of-nuke-money-counted-and-shifted-to-sdgs/

Bill Kidd MSP

Welcome

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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