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WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE’S MP BACKS FIGHT AGAINST PUPPY SMUGGLING

WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE’S MP BACKS FIGHT AGAINST PUPPY SMUGGLING

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP has added his backing to a campaign to tackle the harm caused by illegal puppy smuggling at Christmas. The SNP MP met with representatives of Dogs Trust, the animal welfare charity, at a parliamentary reception aiming to highlight the plight of smuggled puppies imported to fuel the Christmas puppy trade. Dogs Trust has been investigating puppy smuggling since 2014, and through three undercover investigations has found that unscrupulous breeders take advantage of and profit from issues with…

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MARTIN BACKS CAMPAIGN TO GET MAID OF THE LOCH SAILING AGAIN

MARTIN BACKS CAMPAIGN TO GET MAID OF THE LOCH SAILING AGAIN

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has added his backing to the latest fundraising campaign to help get the Maid of the Loch sailing again. The SNP MP paid a visit to the Maid at its berth in Balloch to meet with volunteers and add his support to the campaign to restore the famous ship to its former glory. A crowdfunding appeal launched for the installation of a new steam boiler for the Maid of the Loch has now topped…

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MP RAISES CONCERNS OVER DALMUIR BANK OF SCOTLAND CLOSURE

MP RAISES CONCERNS OVER DALMUIR BANK OF SCOTLAND CLOSURE

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has condemned Lloyds Banking Group following the announcement that its Bank of Scotland Dalmuir branch will be closing. The SNP MP hit out after it was confirmed the Dalmuir branch of Bank of Scotland will be closed on 19 March 2018, with customers being told their accounts would be transferred to its branch in Clydebank shopping centre. Martin Docherty-Hughes MP said the closure would have a serious impact on the bank’s most vulnerable customers…

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SNP WILL NEVER STOP FIGHTING FOR FAIR PENSIONS FOR WASPI WOMEN

SNP WILL NEVER STOP FIGHTING FOR FAIR PENSIONS FOR WASPI WOMEN

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has said that the SNP will never stop fighting for women born in the 1950s who face losing thousands of pounds due to changes in their state pension age. Over 6,300 women in West Dunbartonshire are believed to be adversely impacted by state pension inequality – resulting in their retirement plans being shattered due to receiving little or no notice of the changes from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Local MP Martin…

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SNP MPs PRESS FOR FURTHER ACTION TO TACKLE FLAWS IN UNIVERSAL CREDIT

SNP MPs PRESS FOR FURTHER ACTION TO TACKLE FLAWS IN UNIVERSAL CREDIT

SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has criticised UK Chancellor Philip Hammond for not doing enough in his Autumn Budget to tackle problems in the roll-out of Universal Credit. The MP for West Dunbartonshire has joined SNP colleagues at Westminster in calling for the UK government to take further action to fix the flaws in its flagship welfare policy. This week the SNP will present a Bill in the House of Commons aimed at making Universal Credit fairer and more flexible, so…

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TORY BUDGET FAILS HARD-PRESSED FAMILIES IN WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE

TORY BUDGET FAILS HARD-PRESSED FAMILIES IN WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE

SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has responded to the UK government’s Autumn budget, condemning the Chancellor’s plans as a missed opportunity to boost household incomes and support hard-pressed families in West Dunbartonshire. A report by the Resolution Foundation has warned that the UK faces the longest period of falling living standards since records began as a result of ongoing Tory austerity. Analysis of the UK budget finds that the Chancellor’s plans are set to worsen inequality, taking away an average of…

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CLYDEBANK POST COLUMN – UK BUDGET 2017

CLYDEBANK POST COLUMN – UK BUDGET 2017

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP: “Despite living in one of the richest countries in the world the UK government continues to pursue an austerity agenda which is forcing more people than ever before to turn to food banks and rely on emergency aid.” On Wednesday 22nd November the UK Chancellor Phillip Hammond will present his budget plans in Westminster. And with Christmas fast approaching too many families in Clydebank and across the country are facing financial difficulties due to rising inflation and…

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BIG LOTTERY FUNDING AWARD FOR WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE COMMUNITY GROUP

BIG LOTTERY FUNDING AWARD FOR WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE COMMUNITY GROUP

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has welcomed the success of a community-based addictions charity in securing an award of National Lottery funding. The Alternatives Community Recovery Project, which provides support and counselling to families in West Dunbartonshire affected by drug-related problems, has been successful in applying for £96,000 from the Big Lottery Fund Scotland. The funding has been awarded to support the charity’s addiction support services across Dumbarton, Clydebank and the Vale of Leven. The group will work with…

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