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POST COLUMN: BETTER SUPPORT FOR OUR ARMED FORCES

POST COLUMN: BETTER SUPPORT FOR OUR ARMED FORCES

Coming from an Armed Forces family – where three generations, including my father, brother and now nephew have served – I recognise the importance of paying tribute to the contribution and sacrifice of our forces personnel past and present. It’s always a privilege to attend local events as the Member of Parliament for West Dunbartonshire, and I was delighted to be part of this year’s Armed Forces Day parade in Clydebank. The procession from Three Queens Square to the Town…

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PRAISE FOR SCOTTISH SPCA ON VISIT TO DUMBARTON ANIMAL RESCUE & REHOMING CENTRE

PRAISE FOR SCOTTISH SPCA ON VISIT TO DUMBARTON ANIMAL RESCUE & REHOMING CENTRE

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP has praised the work of the Scottish SPCA after a visit to the animal welfare charity’s rehoming centre in Milton, Dumbarton. The MP for West Dunbartonshire was given a behind the scenes tour of the local animal rescue and rehoming centre by the Scottish SPCA’s Chief Executive Kirsteen Campbell. Mr Docherty-Hughes says that rescue animals make great companions and has encouraged budding pet owners to consider rehoming one of the many animals being cared for by the…

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RUTH DAVIDSON TOLD TO COME CLEAN OVER TRAIL OF MURKY DONATIONS

RUTH DAVIDSON TOLD TO COME CLEAN OVER TRAIL OF MURKY DONATIONS

SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has set out three key questions that Ruth Davidson must answer over the trail of murky donations leading “straight to her door.” In a letter to the Scottish Tory leader, the SNP MP urged Ruth Davidson “to be honest with the electorate about who funds her party, and why it chooses to obscure donations.” Last week, an investigation by BBC Spotlight Northern Ireland reported the practices of Richard Cook, the chairman of the Constitutional Research Council…

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PIP LIFETIME AWARDS

PIP LIFETIME AWARDS

Both the UK Government’s PIP and ESA process is inherently flawed, and the whole system of disability assessments needs a complete overhaul. As we saw in response to the DWP Committee’s inquiry on PIP and ESA assessments, people are being put through gruelling and psychologically damaging assessments which are nothing more than tick-box exercises. The SNP Scottish government has committed to introducing long-term awards for PIP, and has also committed to looking at lifetime awards. It is positive that the…

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UK ARMS EXPORTS TO ISRAEL – EDM 1305

UK ARMS EXPORTS TO ISRAEL – EDM 1305

A number of constituents have contacted me about the UK’s arms exports to Israel and Early Day Motion (EDM) 1305. I share concerns about the recent surge of violence in Gaza and UK arms exports to Israel. The SNP do support a suspension of UK arms sales to Israel unless it can be demonstrated that weapons and components imported from the UK are used solely in accordance with the consolidated criteria. The SNP also holds this position on arms sales…

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IVORY TRADE

IVORY TRADE

The recent increases in poaching are deplorable and are fuelled by the trade in ivory. The SNP welcomes this Bill and the UK government’s progress on tackling the illegal ivory trade. The SNP hopes to see the UK government fulfil their manifesto commitment of “a total ban on ivory sales” through this Bill. The SNP will also push to ensure there will not be routes around the ‘commercial use’ definition and that the Bill remains robust enough to achieve the…

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COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC & TRADE AGREEMENT (CETA)

COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC & TRADE AGREEMENT (CETA)

The UK Government is expected to bring forward a motion to ratify the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) on Tuesday 26th June, having postponed an earlier vote scheduled for Monday 18th June. MPs being side-lined with regards to the CETA process is nothing new and the SNP cannot support this motion given the totally inadequate provision of scrutiny procedures in both the Scottish and UK Parliaments. Indeed, the UK Trade Secretary had to apologise after going back on…

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FLAMINGO LAND PLANNING APPLICATION

FLAMINGO LAND PLANNING APPLICATION

After taking time to review plans for the proposed Flamingo Land development in Balloch I have decided to oppose the application in principle. Submit your views to Loch Lomond & The Trossachs planning department by 27th June using the following link: https://tinyurl.com/ybkdvyfo Watch my video below for more details. Flamingo Land Planning Application 🎥 WATCH: After taking time to review plans for the proposed Flamingo Land development in Balloch I have decided to oppose the application in principle.✍️ Submit your views…

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