DOCHERTY-HUGHES MP: TORIES CAN’T BE TRUSTED TO LOOK AFTER OUR PENSIONERS

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has hit out at the UK Tory government for cuts to pension credit eligibility which could see older people in Scotland out of pocket by up to £7,000 per year.

From today (15th May), pensioners with a partner of working age won’t be able to make a new claim for financial help through Pension Credit and Housing Benefit – instead being forced to claim Universal Credit which could mean thousands of older couples being worse off to the tune of £140.40 per week. Continue reading

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PUPILS HELP RAISE OVER £1,000 FOR WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE CHARITY THE LEAMY FOUNDATION

Photo: Martin meeting with The Leamy Foundation at Bonhill Community Centre.

West Dunbartonshire’s MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has handed over a donation of more than £1,000 to local charity The Leamy Foundation following the success of his annual school Christmas card competition.

The local MP visited West Dunbartonshire-based charity The Leamy Foundation at Bonhill Community Centre to see first-hand how the funds raised will benefit the community. Continue reading

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CUTS TO UC SUPPORT FOR DISABLED CHILDREN

It is completely unacceptable that the DWP is cutting support to households with disabled children under the UK government’s Universal Credit (UC) social security changes.

The fact is that households with a person with a disability face far higher living costs. This year the disability charity Scope calculated that families with disabled children face extra costs of £581 a month. Continue reading

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ISRAEL ARMS TRADE

The SNP strongly condemns all forms of violence and supports the European Union position of a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders. We firmly encourage Israel and Palestine to reach a sustainable, negotiated settlement under international law, based on mutual recognition and the determination to coexist peacefully. Continue reading

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CLYDEBANK POST COLUMN – 8 MAY 2019

Scotland’s largest political gathering took place last weekend at the SNP Spring conference in Edinburgh. It was great catching-up with so many people from across Clydebank and West Dunbartonshire as we look towards Scotland’s future with confidence.

With the Westminster parties delving ever further into chaos over Brexit, it’s been left to the SNP to focus on offering a positive and ambitious vision for Scotland’s future. Continue reading

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RIGHT TO RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

The SNP absolutely supports freedom of religion and worship everywhere in the world. This is a fundamental human right, long recognised as such by the international community, and there must be no let-up in international efforts to safeguard freedom of religion and to prevent persecution of religious minorities everywhere. Continue reading

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MODERN SLAVERY

The SNP Scottish Government has taken a welcome lead on modern slavery, passing the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill in the last Parliamentary term, strengthening the rights of victims of trafficking, and by developing Scotland’s first strategy to tackle this disgraceful practice.

We know that legislation alone will not stop trafficking. That’s why the Scottish Government is developing Scotland’s first Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy. Continue reading

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CLIMATE CHANGE

The First Minister used her Spring conference speech to declare a climate change emergency and to commit the Scottish Government to taking action to go further than it has already done in this area, if that is what scientific conclusions deem necessary.

The Scottish Government’s low carbon transition is already well underway. Scotland’s emissions have almost halved since 1990. We continue to outperform the UK. Continue reading

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