CLYDEBANK POST COLUMN – 15 MARCH 2019

It’s been another remarkable week in parliament as the shambles over Brexit continues. I was pleased though to have the chance during PMQs to highlight the 78th anniversary of the Clydebank Blitz, appealing to Theresa May to become the first ever British Prime Minister to acknowledge the devastation caused by the aerial bombings of our communities on 13 and 14 March 1941. Continue reading

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MARTIN CALLS ON PRIME MINISTER TO EXTEND ARTICLE 50 IN WAKE OF BREXIT DEFEAT

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has called on the UK government to take immediate action to extend Article 50 – suggesting that a ‘People’s Vote’ remains the best option to break the deadlock over Brexit.

The local SNP MP, who voted to against Theresa May’s proposed Brexit deal for a second time this week, said he will not support a Tory hard Brexit that hurts the jobs and living standards of his constituents in West Dunbartonshire.

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PMQS: PRIME MINISTER PRESSED ON INCARCERATION OF SCOT HELD IN INDIA FOR 500 DAYS

SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has questioned the Prime Minister over concerns that the UK government isn’t doing enough to help the family of a Dumbarton man imprisoned abroad.

Speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions, the MP for West Dunbartonshire pressed Theresa May on behalf of the family of Jagtar Singh Johal – a 32 year old Scot who has been held in India since November 2017 after travelling for his wedding. Continue reading

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CALLS FOR UK CHANCELLOR TO END ‘IMMORAL’ BENEFITS FREEZE AHEAD OF SPRING BUDGET STATEMENT

West Dunbartonshire’s MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has called on the Tory UK government to end its “immoral” freeze on benefits ahead of this week’s Spring Budget Statement on Wednesday.

The local SNP MP says that UK Chancellor Philip Hammond must end the damaging freeze on benefits, tax credits, and the Local Housing Allowance and increase them in line with inflation for the first time in 4 years, after it was revealed that the current freeze had made life harder for over 27 million people across the UK. Continue reading

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SCRAP THE ‘PINK TAX’

It is extraordinary that in this day and age women are still having to shell out more than men for the same products – also known as the “Pink Tax”.

The Gender-Based Pricing (Prohibition) Bill aims to prohibit the differential pricing of products and services that are substantially similar other than being intended for, or marketed to, a particular gender; and for connected purposes. Continue reading

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SNP DEMAND ANSWERS OVER PM’S ‘CYNICAL BREXIT BUNG’ AHEAD OF KEY COMMONS VOTES

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has hit out at the UK government after Tory Ministers unveiled a £1.6billion ‘Stronger Towns’ fund with no details of additional funding for Scotland.

Ahead of key Brexit votes next week, the Prime Minister announced that a large chunk of the £1.6billion fund would be allocated to leave-voting areas in England – with no clarity over any extra funding for towns in Scotland. Continue reading

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BREXIT: SECOND REFERENDUM

In October last year, the SNP conference voted for a motion which opposed a “blindfold Brexit” and confirmed support for a second referendum. In the Commons, the SNP have consistently voted for a second EU referendum to take place. Continue reading

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MARTIN RAISES CLYDEBANK BLITZ IN PARLIAMENT AHEAD OF 78th ANNIVERSARY

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP has spoken in parliament ahead of the 78th anniversary of the Clydebank Blitz, calling for a debate on the long-term impact of the Blitz on West Dunbartonshire and across the UK.

The SNP MP for West Dunbartonshire spoke about the social, economic and psychological consequences of the Clydebank Blitz bombings which took place over two days on 13 and 14 March 1941. Continue reading

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