MARTIN URGES WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE EMPLOYERS TO THINK DIFFERENTLY ABOUT DISABILITY

MARTIN URGES WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE EMPLOYERS TO THINK DIFFERENTLY ABOUT DISABILITY

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has urged local businesses to recognise the benefits of employing people with disabilities. Following a visit to Haven Products in Clydebank, whose workforce is comprised primarily of people with disabilities, the SNP MP praised the packaging firm for creating sustainable employment for disabled and disadvantaged people. Mr Docherty-Hughes was given a tour of the premises on Clyde Street and met with the Haven workforce to discuss the advantages of a disability-friendly workplace. Social firm…

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CLYDE SHOPMOBILITY CELEBRATES SIX YEARS OF SERVING WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE

CLYDE SHOPMOBILITY CELEBRATES SIX YEARS OF SERVING WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has praised the work of local charity Clyde Shopmobility in helping thousands of disabled people across West Dunbartonshire since being founded in 2011. During a visit to Clyde Shopmobility in Clydebank, the SNP MP met with staff and volunteers to mark the sixth year of the charity and discuss issues facing people with disabilities in the area. Clyde Shopmobility is a community-led organisation which helps people get around town by providing mobility equipment including…

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BEST WISHES TO WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE PUPILS ON EXAM RESULTS DAY

BEST WISHES TO WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE PUPILS ON EXAM RESULTS DAY

Martin Docherty, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has congratulated local students and pupils who are receiving their SQA exam results today. The SNP MP has highlighted help and advice available to pupils and their parents through Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) annual Exam Results Helpline. This is the 25th year of the free Helpline which will be open from 8am to 8pm on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th August, and then from 9am until 5pm up until the 16th August. The number…

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LOTTERY FUNDING BOOST FOR FAIFLEY ART GROUP

LOTTERY FUNDING BOOST FOR FAIFLEY ART GROUP

Martin Docherty, SNP MP for West Dunbartonshire, has welcomed the success of Faifley Art Group in securing a funding award from Creative Scotland through the Big Lottery Fund Scotland. Faifley Art Group, a Clydebank-based group of leisure artists, has been awarded £2,255 through the Big Lottery’s Awards for All fund which aims to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need. The funding will allow the group, which meets on Wednesday mornings at Skypoint, to further…

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MARTIN DOCHERTY MP URGES RESOLUTION IN CHIVAS PAY DISPUTE

MARTIN DOCHERTY MP URGES RESOLUTION IN CHIVAS PAY DISPUTE

Martin Docherty, SNP MP for West Dunbartonshire, has urged whisky firm Chivas Brothers to work constructively with trade unions and staff at its Dumbarton-based bottling plant to resolve an ongoing dispute over pay. In a letter to Mr Laurent Lacassagne, Chief Executive of Chivas Brothers, Mr Docherty expressed concerns about wage disparities of up to £900 between Chivas workers on the same pay grade across their operations at Kilmalid and Paisley. The move follows the announcement of industrial action by…

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Open University Ban on Cuban Students

Open University Ban on Cuban Students

It is deeply worrying that the Open University is reportedly barring applications from Cuban students and it is paramount that the UK Government look into this matter further. There is no justification for not accepting Cuban students on a course, and any move to stop anyone would be directly at odds with current UK Government policy on cooperating with Cuba on higher education issues. The Equality Act makes it unlawful for universities to discriminate against students based on nationality when…

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21st Century Fox – Sky Takeover

21st Century Fox – Sky Takeover

My SNP colleagues and I have been consistently pressing for robust scrutiny of this proposed takeover, and that the UK Government’s decision is reached in a transparent and thorough manner.  Throughout the stages of the proposed takeover, my SNP colleagues John Nicolson and Brendan O’Hara have consistently called on the UK Government to ensure that this deal passes a number of public interest tests – notably, media plurality and broadcasting standards issues. There have been a number of developments in…

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MP CELEBRATES 15 YEARS OF LOCH LOMOND AND TROSSACHS NATIONAL PARK

MP CELEBRATES 15 YEARS OF LOCH LOMOND AND TROSSACHS NATIONAL PARK

Martin Docherty MP has tabled a motion in parliament celebrating 15 years of Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park ahead of National Parks Week 2017 (Monday 24 July to Sunday 30 July). Loch Lomond and the Trossachs was Scotland’s first National Park established by the Scottish Parliament in July 2002 and the SNP MP for West Dunbartonshire is encouraging local residents to get out and enjoy the park as part of National Parks Week. Mr Docherty lodged his parliamentary…

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