WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE PENSIONERS URGED TO RECLAIM MILLIONS IN LOST BENEFITS

Local MP Martin Docherty-Hughes is supporting Age Scotland’s campaign to urge pensioners across Clydebank, Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven not to miss out on millions of pounds in unclaimed benefits.

The move by the SNP MP comes as new figures reveal that almost 3,000 elderly households in West Dunbartonshire are entitled to, but don’t receive, Pension Credit – costing local pensioners an average of £52.53 per week, and an annual loss of £7.7m across the constituency. Continue reading

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EARLY DIAGNOSIS IS KEY TO TACKLING “CELTIC CURSE” ILLNESS

SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes is seeking to raise awareness of an illness known as the “Celtic Curse” which is thought to affect 1 in 8 people across Scotland.

Genetic condition Haemochromatosis is a disorder which causes the body to absorb too much iron and can lead to serious health issues if left untreated including cancer, arthritis, chronic fatigue and damage to the heart and liver.

The condition is known as the “Celtic Curse” because it is the most common genetic condition in people of Northern European Celtic origin, and is particularly prominent in Scotland and Ireland. Continue reading

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WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE’S MP PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR ADVANCING MS RESEARCH

Local MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has shown his support for investment in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) research, after visiting an exhibition by the MS Society in the House of Commons.

The exhibition, ‘Multiple Sclerosis – The Research Story’, gave parliamentarians the opportunity to hear from people living with MS and leading MS researchers around the UK. It featured personal objects from the MS community, representing what it’s like to live with the condition, alongside the latest developments in cutting-edge research. Continue reading

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SAUDI ARMS TRADE

Last week’s Court of Appeal’s verdict was that the Government’s decision to continue to award these licences was “unlawful”. The House of Lords International Relations Committee which has concluded that the UK’s weapons exports “are highly likely to be the cause of significant civilian casualties in Yemen”. It is unforgivable that no one in the Tory Party, after the near universal condemnation of Saudi Arabia’s actions (including dozens of other countries), continues to act as enabler to this murderous regime. Continue reading

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MARTIN VISITS RICHARD RATCLIFFE AT IRANIAN EMBASSAY HUNGER STRIKE

Photo: Martin meeting with Richard Ratcliffe outside the Iranian embassy in London alongside Martyn Day MP.

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP met with Richard Ratcliffe this week outside the Iranian Embassy to show solidarity for the campaign to secure freedom and justice for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

The MP for West Dunbartonshire took time between meetings at Westminster to visit Richard Ratcliffe who has been on hunger strike in London since 15 June in protest at the ongoing detention of his wife Nazanin in Iran.

SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes said the Ratcliffe famility has shown incredible courage throughout Nazanin’s plight, and thanked them for showing support for Dumbarton man Jagtar Singh Johal who has been imprisoned in India for 600 days. Continue reading

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PREGNANCY & MATERNITY DISCRIMINATION

The SNP supports the purposes of the Pregnancy & Maternity (Protection from Redundancy) Bill, which we believe would go some way to helping end pregnancy discrimination in the workplace. Continue reading

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CLYDEBANK POST COLUMN: SCOTLAND DESERVES BETTER THAN BORIS OR JEREMY

Events at the House of Commons these past few weeks have been dominated by the race to win the keys to Number 10. In a Tory leadership contest populated by hypocrites and fantasists, an initial field of ten has now been whittled down to the final two candidates – Jeremy Hunt or Boris Johnson.

What a depressing prospect that one of these two is set to take over as Prime Minister. They’re supposed to be the best the Tories have to offer, but anyone watching the BBC TV debate last week will have seen first-hand the poverty of ideas on show. Quite frankly, none of these Tories are fit to run a menage, never mind the country. Continue reading

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CLIMATE CHANGE BILL

There is a global climate emergency and people across Scotland have been calling, rightly, for more ambition to tackle it and safeguard our planet for future generations.

In response to calls from young people, scientists and businesses across the country, the Scottish Government has accepted the independent, expert advice from the UK Climate Change Committee that going beyond our already world leading targets its possible. Continue reading

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