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REPORTER COLUMN: CAMPAIGN TO HELP DUMBARTON MAN IN INDIA CONTINUES

REPORTER COLUMN: CAMPAIGN TO HELP DUMBARTON MAN IN INDIA CONTINUES

With Christmas and Hogmanay just around the corner it’s an important time for being with our families and loved ones. No one can fail to have been moved by the images of Scot Billy Irving returning home to his fiancée and young son in time for Christmas. Billy had spent 4 years imprisoned in India along with 6 other British citizens known as the ‘Chennai Six’ who had been held on charges of weapons smuggling. The former soldier’s partner Yvonne…

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CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS

My constituency office will be closed from 1pm on Friday 22 December 2017 and will reopen on Monday 8 January 2018. The office answer phone will take messages on 0141 952 2988 and emails received at martin.docherty.mp@parliament.uk. However, these will not be routinely monitored and may not be actioned until the the office reopens. West Dunbartonshire Council has published a helpful guide to emergency contact information and out of hours services at: www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/festiveservices I’d like to wish all my constituents across…

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MP ANNOUNCES WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE CHRISTMAS CARD COMPETITION WINNER

MP ANNOUNCES WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE CHRISTMAS CARD COMPETITION WINNER

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP has announced the winner of West Dunbartonshire’s parliamentary Christmas card design competition. The 2017 winner is Aila Muir of Bonhill Primary whose winning design was picked from hundreds of entries from local schools across West Dunbartonshire. Primary 6 pupil Alia joined runners-up Carla Currie (Aitkenbar Primary P2) and Alyssa Glass (St Mary’s Primary P3) at a prize giving ceremony at the MP for West Dunbartonshire’s local parliamentary office. Thanks to generous sponsorship provided by local businesses the…

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MP RAISES CONCERNS ON FUTURE OF FREE-TO-USE ATMs IN WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE

MP RAISES CONCERNS ON FUTURE OF FREE-TO-USE ATMs IN WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP has demanded action by the UK government in response to concerns about the threat to the availability of free to use cash machines. The SNP MP has written to the UK Treasury Secretary on behalf of local businesses warning that a fall in the number of ATMs in West Dunbartonshire would have a devastating impact on hard-pressed retailers and disadvantaged residents. The move follows proposals to change the way that ATM cash withdrawals are financed, with operators warning…

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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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