NEW COMMITTEE REPORT WARNS UK’S ARCTIC DEFENCE PLANS ON “THIN ICE”

West Dunbartonshire’s MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has called on the UK government to take defence of the High North and North Atlantic seriously, or risk their defence capability being on “thin ice.”

Commenting on the publication of a new Defence Select Committee report into the UK’s Defence of the Arctic and Polar Regions, the SNP MP warned that the UK must develop a “comprehensive strategy” to meet developing and emerging threats in the region. Continue reading

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MARTIN PRESSES FOREIGN SECRETARY OVER DUMBARTON MAN IMPRISONED IN INDIA

Martin campaigning alongside the family of his constituent Jagtar Singh Johal.

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has called on new Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to offer his full support to the family of a Dumbarton man imprisoned in India.

The SNP MP has written to the new Foreign Secretary highlighting the plight of his constituent Jagtar Singh Johal who has been detained in India since November 2017 after travelling from Scotland for his wedding.

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UK CIVIL SERVICE PAY GUIDANCE

The UK Government Civil Service pay guidance does not apply to those working for the Scottish Government, its Agencies or Local Authorities in Scotland who benefit from the Scottish Government promise of a pay increase that reflects the cost of living and remains affordable while delivering value for money for the people of Scotland.

The UK Government Civil Service pay guidance fails to ensure civil servants are paid the Real Living Wage and it is a disgrace that department-wide 1-1.5% pay increases will be set by Tory ministers in accordance with departmental need and resource rather than protecting the lowest paid. Continue reading

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CHILDCARE VOUCHERS

The delivery of affordable childcare is crucial for the development of children as well as providing support for families. Fundamental to this is that parents on low incomes need to be protected from the impact of enormous childcare costs.

The UK Government’s plans to close the childcare voucher scheme to new entrants is deeply concerning. The Government’s decision to keep the Childcare Voucher Scheme open until Oct 2018 (as opposed to April 2018) is simply kicking the impact of this policy into the long-grass. Continue reading

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EU CITIZENS

The SNP favours retaining Single Market access, which facilitates the benefits of EU citizenship. We have sought to be cooperative in the UK framework, and have attempted to mitigate the effects of a Brexit that the people that we were appointed to represent (i.e. the Scottish people) didn’t vote for.

We want all EU citizens and Scots to be able to continue to enjoy the benefits of free movement, and the benefits of common European infrastructures such as health insurance regimes and mobile roaming.

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BEER DUTY

Small, local businesses are not only the backbone of Scotland’s economy, but often play a vital role as social hubs at the heart of our communities. The SNP recognises the place of pubs in this regard, and the Scottish Government is providing much needed support through its Small Business Bonus Scheme which has saved local firms almost £1.5 billion since 2008 with almost 104,000 recipients in 2017-18 alone. Continue reading

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WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE RANKED BEST IN SCOTLAND FOR BROADBAND SPEEDS

SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has welcomed a new study which places West Dunbartonshire as the best area in Scotland for access to fast broadband speeds.

The research on national broadband speeds published by the ‘Centre for Towns’ project found that West Dunbartonshire ranked as the number one constituency in Scotland for average download speeds. Continue reading

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MARTIN SLAMS UK GOVERNMENT OVER ALEXANDRIA JOB CENTRE CLOSURE

PICTURE: Martin alongside campaigners fighting the closure of Alexandria Job Centre.

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has slammed the Tory UK government for pressing ahead with the closure of Alexandria Job Centre.

The SNP MP, who has been campaigning to keep the local job centre open, has hit out at Tory Ministers for the UK Government’s “irresponsible” programme of job centre closures.

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