Bill Kidd MSP

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Bill Kidd MSP

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  • Member for: Glasgow Anniesland
  • Region: Glasgow
  • Party: Scottish National Party

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Meeting of the Parliament 13 November 2014 : Thursday, November 13, 2014
Bill Kidd (Glasgow Anniesland) (SNP)

What potential impact on jobs at the Scotstoun yard in my constituency of Glasgow Anniesland could the Ministry of Defence’s considerations on building the type 26 frigates in France have?



Meeting of the Parliament 13 August 2014 : Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Bill Kidd Thank you. A letter template can be downloaded from the website and a completed letter can be sent back by email or snail mail. There are postboxes located across Scotland where people can pick up a letter pack. People can attend a letter-writing workshop—that would be for Mr Mason—or they can use the online letter submission application.

It is the writer’s vision, so people should sit down, take a few minutes or an hour and share that vision with some friends whom they did not even know they had. The letter can be fact or fiction, poetic or romantic, or even harsh, critical and full of a dose of angst—as long as it starts with “Dearest Scotland”.

Cat Cochrane and the young crowd at Glasgow Clyde College’s Cardonald campus have come up with a cracker of an idea that will give us all the opportunity to be Rabbie Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson or Alexander McCall Smith for a wee while. We hope that we will be read by others with as much enjoyment as we have in reading those great authors.

As for me, I want to say that no matter where in the world I roam, I know that I belong to one of those places where the heart is satisfied only by coming home. New York? I love it. Paris? I loved in it, more than once. Kazakhstan? I am intrigued by it. Poland? There is more to it than meets the eye. Scotland? It is everywhere I have ever been, wrapped up in one.

I have travelled a lot, working on nuclear disarmament, and I have met a lot of people, from all over the world, who inevitably talked about their impressions of and feelings for Scotland, even when they had never been here.

Aye, we have our problems and we have known our heartaches. We are very far from perfect. However, our hopes and aspirations are blue sky. We hope for the best for this country—we all do. That is something that we should all bear in mind.

Dearest Scotland, you are the one for me and, whatever we do to you, you will still be home and you will still be the heartbeat of my life.

17:11

Meeting of the Parliament 13 August 2014 : Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Bill Kidd (Glasgow Anniesland) (SNP) Thank you, Presiding Officer—or, I should say, dearest Presiding Officer. The dearest Scotland campaign is innovative on the part of the team at Glasgow Clyde College’s Cardonald campus and imaginative—that is not only on the team’s part. The project also sparks the imagination of those who take part in it to look at our nation’s future direction.

The campaign is apolitical and it focuses on the modern phenomenon of crowd sourcing to produce a vision of Scotland by the public for a common good. I had never heard of crowd sourcing before, and I wish that a wee bit more of a crowd was in the chamber, because the project is one of the best ideas that I have heard of to come out of a college. It is superb and I wish that more people would sit down, look at the website and take part in this fantastic project.

The campaign is not about age or nationality; it is about a love of this country of ours—a love of Scotland—for whatever reason that people hold that love. The reason could be the scenery, the history, the fact that someone’s family and community are here or that indefinable something that binds somebody’s heart to a place and time.

The way to contribute to the growing dearest Scotland family is remarkably simple—otherwise, I would not have been able to do it.



Meeting of the Parliament 06 August 2014 : Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Bill Kidd (Glasgow Anniesland) (SNP) I declare that I am co-president of parliamentarians for nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament and the Scottish representative on the global council of abolition 2000.

Members across the chamber favour nuclear disarmament, as indeed do members at Westminster, lest it be forgotten. Amongst others I have worked with are my good friends Jeremy Corbyn MP of Labour and the Liberal Democrat Baroness Sue Miller. I have worked with them and spoken to them at many international conferences overseas on achieving our joint aim of a world without nuclear weapons.

With that in mind, I believe that we should all see today as an opportunity to think about how Scotland, as the sole repository of the entire UK nuclear weapons arsenal, should look towards the removal of Trident and the timescale for that. As a signatory to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, the UK has a duty to work towards ending these weapons of mass destruction. It is our duty here, whether as unilateralists or multilateralists, to work in honest good faith to achieve that end, not just to talk about it.

That must mean not upgrading or replacing Trident, at a cost of up to £100 billion, with the intention—because it is the intention of the British Government to do so—to maintain that system for the next 40 to 50 years. That does not demonstrate good faith with the NPT. It is our duty to work towards nuclear disarmament as quickly as possible. That is because we represent not only the people of Scotland but people around the world who believe that nuclear weapons are a danger to us all.

Why not continue to keep established nuclear weapons such as Trident? One or two voices in the wilderness are crying out, “Nuclear weapons are a good thing. They’ve stopped us from having wars.” I have not noticed them stopping us from having wars—there are plenty of wars going on. They might not be nuclear wars, but they are wars. In other words, Trident has not stopped a single war; there just has not been a nuclear war.

Nuclear weapons are not a force of nature. As Patrick Harvie said, they are not a magic genie from a bottle. They are an invention of man. They do not keep us safe in perpetuity because, like all man-made equipment, they are capable of failure. Like Karl Wallenda, the greatest tight-rope walker ever, we can walk the rope, suspended in the air, day and daily for more than 60 years, but one day, as unfortunately happened to Mr Wallenda, even with great skill and knowledge our luck can run out and devastating tragedy will be the outcome.

It might be asked, “What good are nuclear weapons against cybercrime, or in the war against illegal drugs? What good are they in the battle against the criminal madness of ISIS—the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria—as it rampages across the middle east? What good are nuclear weapons against the terror threats on our own shores?” Long-term security without nuclear deterrence involves investment in international cross-border co-operation and conventional armed forces.

From major military figures such as General Sir Hugh Beach, former master general of the ordnance of the British forces; General Ramsbotham, former commander of the field army; General Bernard Norlain, former chief of the French air force; to my friends and colleagues who have worked at the sharp end of missile delivery in the Royal Navy, retired Lieutenant Commanders Feargal Dalton and Robert Green—all of those are officers who have had to see oversee nuclear weapons in the real world. All of them believe that Trident has no utility to the military. All of them would rather have fully trained and equipped forces to defend their people than a genie with a magic wand that is supposed to cause fear in the ranks of enemies and keep us safe for ever.

Yesterday, in committee room 3, I held a meeting with guest speakers: the international lecturer and author Ward Wilson, who is in the gallery, and Bruce Kent of CND UK, who has said that he supports Scottish independence as a faster route to getting rid of Trident. It was a great meeting. It said a great deal. On top of that, I just received an email from the former mayor of Hiroshima, Tadatoshi Akiba, who says that he is looking forward to a successful debate today in the Scottish Parliament, paving the way to an independent Scotland joining the 2020 vision of a world free of nuclear weapons.

15:29

Meeting of the Parliament 06 August 2014 : Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Bill Kidd Can the minister provide the chamber with further information on how that success has benefited local communities such as those in my constituency of Glasgow Anniesland?



Meeting of the Parliament 06 August 2014 : Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Bill Kidd (Glasgow Anniesland) (SNP)

6. To ask the Scottish Government what employment opportunities have been created through the youth employment Scotland scheme. (S4O-03426)



Meeting of the Parliament 13 May 2014 : Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Bill Kidd (Glasgow Anniesland) (SNP)

As members can see, the sun shines on the righteous. Perhaps I should move to another desk.

I am both pleased and saddened to bring this members’ business debate to the chamber. I am pleased because I am very proud of the Scottish Parliament’s commitment across the parties to see justice done for the victims of asbestos exposure and asbestos-related illnesses, but I am, obviously, saddened because I know that we will hear from other members that the rate of deaths from asbestos exposure continues to rise.

The disease can work on a victim without there being many—if any—outward signs for a long period of time, and it can therefore lead to diagnosis and registration as a victim of asbestosis well after the initial exposure occurred. People with asbestos-related symptoms therefore continue to be identified. As well as that, there is often, even now, asbestos in the fabric of public buildings, including schools, and there are continuing dangers of exposure if it is disturbed in any way.

It is therefore incumbent on us in the Parliament to speak out on behalf of our fellow citizens who, through the work of generations, built the economy of our country and, in doing so, were left exposed to that dangerous material and to suffer the consequences later in life. That is consistent with calls from Clydeside Action on Asbestos, the Scottish hazards campaign and the Scottish Trades Union Congress for the recovery of costs and compensation for those who are affected. The medical evidence is very complex, but the truth is that a large number of people are ill, very ill or even terminally ill and need a swift resolution to any claims for compensation.

The dangers of asbestos have been known since at least 1945, but there are difficulties of diagnosis due to the conditions’ similarities with other conditions, and issues of legal divisibility, which arise from workers having had a number of employers with which they may have been exposed to asbestos and may have contracted illness from it, are often raised. In spite of all that, we still know that asbestos diseases exercise a terrible hold on the lives of many. I have therefore felt the need to raise in the Parliament again the issue of asbestos in the lives of Scottish communities, such as those in my constituency of Glasgow Anniesland, which, as most people know, has a shipbuilding and heavy engineering background in which asbestos exposure was rife over many years.

As I said, it is worrying that there is also the issue of potential and actual exposure of pupils and teachers in school buildings of a certain vintage where maintenance has not been done to the standards that we might hope for. The issue will not go away and the numbers affected are rising; my colleague Stuart McMillan will pick up on that issue.

Meanwhile, the national health service is left to pick up the medical costs that, by rights, should be covered by the employing companies and their insurers. Therefore, I support fully Clydeside Action on Asbestos’s considered proposals for the recovery of the treatment costs to the NHS and for compensation to be consistent with the damage suffered by victims and their families.

We owe a very great deal to those people who, over the years, worked long and hard in very difficult industries. We also owe their families, who were often exposed to the asbestos dust that was brought home on people’s boiler suits, which were then washed at home; that exposed wives, partners and children to the dust. It is incredibly important that we do not forget, under any circumstances, the duty that we owe to people who have suffered, whether from pleural plaques, asbestosis or mesothelioma. Everyone who has suffered from the outrage of being exposed to asbestos and has not been properly recompensed deserves our support. The NHS, which finds itself having to care for people in those circumstances, should not be left unsupported financially by those who should have given a greater duty of care to their workers.

18:21

Meeting of the Parliament 13 May 2014 : Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Bill Kidd (Glasgow Anniesland) (SNP) As members can see, the sun shines on the righteous. Perhaps I should move to another desk.

I am both pleased and saddened to bring this members’ business debate to the chamber. I am pleased because I am very proud of the Scottish Parliament’s commitment across the parties to see justice done for the victims of asbestos exposure and asbestos-related illnesses, but I am, obviously, saddened because I know that we will hear from other members that the rate of deaths from asbestos exposure continues to rise.

The disease can work on a victim without there being many—if any—outward signs for a long period of time, and it can therefore lead to diagnosis and registration as a victim of asbestosis well after the initial exposure occurred. People with asbestos-related symptoms therefore continue to be identified. As well as that, there is often, even now, asbestos in the fabric of public buildings, including schools, and there are continuing dangers of exposure if it is disturbed in any way.

It is therefore incumbent on us in the Parliament to speak out on behalf of our fellow citizens who, through the work of generations, built the economy of our country and, in doing so, were left exposed to that dangerous material and to suffer the consequences later in life. That is consistent with calls from Clydeside Action on Asbestos, the Scottish hazards campaign and the Scottish Trades Union Congress for the recovery of costs and compensation for those who are affected. The medical evidence is very complex, but the truth is that a large number of people are ill, very ill or even terminally ill and need a swift resolution to any claims for compensation.

The dangers of asbestos have been known since at least 1945, but there are difficulties of diagnosis due to the conditions’ similarities with other conditions, and issues of legal divisibility, which arise from workers having had a number of employers with which they may have been exposed to asbestos and may have contracted illness from it, are often raised. In spite of all that, we still know that asbestos diseases exercise a terrible hold on the lives of many. I have therefore felt the need to raise in the Parliament again the issue of asbestos in the lives of Scottish communities, such as those in my constituency of Glasgow Anniesland, which, as most people know, has a shipbuilding and heavy engineering background in which asbestos exposure was rife over many years.

As I said, it is worrying that there is also the issue of potential and actual exposure of pupils and teachers in school buildings of a certain vintage where maintenance has not been done to the standards that we might hope for. The issue will not go away and the numbers affected are rising; my colleague Stuart McMillan will pick up on that issue.

Meanwhile, the national health service is left to pick up the medical costs that, by rights, should be covered by the employing companies and their insurers. Therefore, I support fully Clydeside Action on Asbestos’s considered proposals for the recovery of the treatment costs to the NHS and for compensation to be consistent with the damage suffered by victims and their families.

We owe a very great deal to those people who, over the years, worked long and hard in very difficult industries. We also owe their families, who were often exposed to the asbestos dust that was brought home on people’s boiler suits, which were then washed at home; that exposed wives, partners and children to the dust. It is incredibly important that we do not forget, under any circumstances, the duty that we owe to people who have suffered, whether from pleural plaques, asbestosis or mesothelioma. Everyone who has suffered from the outrage of being exposed to asbestos and has not been properly recompensed deserves our support. The NHS, which finds itself having to care for people in those circumstances, should not be left unsupported financially by those who should have given a greater duty of care to their workers.

18:21

Meeting of the Parliament 03 April 2014 : Thursday, April 03, 2014
Bill Kidd As the member for Glasgow Anniesland, which has a large number of former shipyard workers and present engineering workers and their families, I have been approached regarding the current cost to the NHS of asbestos exposure. Does the minister agree that my colleague Stuart McMillan MSP’s current bill to recover expenses from employers or their insurers for having exposed workers, their families or the public to the risks of these horrendous diseases is a very welcome step?



Meeting of the Parliament 03 April 2014 : Thursday, April 03, 2014
Bill Kidd (Glasgow Anniesland) (SNP)

10. To ask the Scottish Government what input the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing has had to its programme to deal with asbestos in public and private workplaces. (S4O-03115)

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S4M-11567.2 Margaret Mitchell: Lowering the Drink Drive Limit—As an amendment to motion S4M-11567 in
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S4M-11507.1 Cameron Buchanan: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—
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S4M-11507 Angela Constance: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—Th
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S4M-11494.3 Jackie Baillie: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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S4M-11494.2 Alex Johnstone: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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S4M-11494 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—That the Parliament
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S4M-11484.1 Jackson Carlaw: Human Rights—As an amendment to motion S4M-11484 in the name of Roseanna
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