RENEWED CALLS FOR ARMED FORCES REPRESENTATIVE BODY OVER SERVICE PERSONNEL PAY CONCERNS

West Dunbartonshire’s MP has renewed calls for an armed forces representative body after it was revealed the lowest paid armed forces personnel are paid almost £2 less than the UK government’s National Minimum Wage.

Local SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes – Scotland’s only representative on the Common’s Defence Select Committee – has said he plans to re-introduce his Private Member’s Bill to create a representative body giving service personnel ‘one strong voice’. Continue reading

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FIGHT GOES ON TO WIN JUSTICE FOR WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE’S WASPI WOMEN

Pic: Martin meeting with West Dunbartonshire’s local WASPI coordinator Liz Daly.

Local MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has pledged to continue fighting on behalf of 1950s-born women in West Dunbartonshire hit by the Westminster government’s changes to state pension age.

The move comes following a court ruling dismissing the case of WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) campaigners who argued that the UK government’s plans to accelerate pension age increases were unfairly discriminatory.

West Dunbartonshire’s WASPI co-ordinator Liz Daly was in attendance at the high court judgement this week, after joining thousands of campaigners at a protest outside the Tory party conference in Manchester. Continue reading

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SCOTLAND’S FUTURE MUST BE IN SCOTLAND’S HANDS

In the 10 weeks since becoming Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has lost 7 out of 7 votes in the Commons; lost his parliamentary majority; lost 23 of his own Conservative MPs; lost a by-election; lost a case in the Supreme Court; acted unlawfully in shutting down parliament, and misled the Queen.

Even Boris Johnson’s own brother has turned his back on him. In ordinary times, any British Prime Minister would have had no choice but to resign in such circumstances – but these are not ordinary times. Continue reading

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WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE’S MP TACKLES BORIS JOHNSON DURING FIERY EXCHANGES AT COMMONS

West Dunbartonshire’s MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has hit out at Boris Johnson during fiery exchanges in parliament over the Prime Minister’s response to the Supreme Court’s judgement that it was unlawful to shut down parliament.

Boris Johnson addressed the House of Commons after it was reconvened this week following the unanimous verdict from the Supreme Court that the prorogation, or suspension, of parliament was “null, void, and of no effect” and unlawful. Continue reading

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MARTIN SEEKS ASSURANCES ON RIGHTS OF ‘DEVASTATED’ THOMAS COOK WORKERS

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has spoken up in parliament on behalf of ‘devastated’ staff and customers of Thomas Cook following the collapse of the airline.

The SNP MP said he had been contacted by a number of Thomas Cook employees this week after the shutters came down on local branches in Clydebank and Alexandria. Continue reading

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CAMPAIGN CONTINUES TO HELP RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY ‘WHISKY BLACK’ FUNGUS

Picture: Martin meeting with health experts Dr Linda de Caestecker & Dr Gillian Penrice to discuss whisky black concerns.

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has vowed to continue helping local residents affected by ‘whisky black’ – a fungus believed to cause the discolouration of property located near to whisky bonds.

The local SNP MP became the first ever parliamentarian to raise the issue of whisky black in the House of Commons, highlighting concerns following the results of a survey of constituents living in Clydebank, Dumbarton and Alexandria. Continue reading

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PARKINSON’S & MENTAL HEALTH

There are approximately 12,400 people in Scotland who currently have Parkinson’s diagnosis and this number is predicted to increase by 40% within the next 20 years. Due to such numbers, the SNP has taken steps to best support everyone living with Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions, whether this be research or access to the best possible care and support.

Last year the SNP Scottish Government published Scotland’s first draft National Action Plan on Neurological Conditions (NAPNC). This included 17 commitments on how to improve neurological care across Scotland. Continue reading

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MARTIN ‘WEARS IT PINK’ IN SUPPORT OF BREAST CANCER CAMPAIGN

Pic: Martin supporting the ‘Wear It Pink’ campaign in parliament.

West Dunbartonshire’s MP Martin Docherty-Hughes added a dash of pink to their usual attire to support Breast Cancer Now’s wear it pink fundraiser, which takes place on Friday 18 October.

Local MP Martin Docherty-Hughes is calling for their constituents across Clydebank, Dumbarton and the Vale to join him in signing up for wear it pink and helping to make possible life-saving breast cancer research and life changing support for those affected by the disease. Continue reading

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