NEW FIGURES REVEAL FALL IN UNEMPLOYMENT FOR WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE

NEW FIGURES REVEAL FALL IN UNEMPLOYMENT FOR WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE

SNP MP Martin Docherty has welcomed new figures showing that the unemployment rate for West Dunbartonshire has fallen over the past 12 months. The latest job market statistics published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that in West Dunbartonshire the number of unemployed benefit claimants is 5% lower than this time last year, and 38% lower than in 2010. Youth unemployment in West Dunbartonshire has also fallen with the total number of 18-24 year olds seeking employment down…

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MP SEEKS ASSURANCES ON FUTURE OF WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE ARMED FORCES DAY

MP SEEKS ASSURANCES ON FUTURE OF WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE ARMED FORCES DAY

Martin Docherty MP has raised concerns with the UK Defence Secretary after this year’s Armed Forces Day event in West Dunbartonshire did not go ahead due to there being no capacity in the armed forces to deliver it. During parliamentary Defence Questions, the SNP MP expressed disappointment that the annual event paying tribute to service personnel and veterans in West Dunbartonshire was not able to be held. Mr Docherty’s parliamentary intervention follows a letter sent by the MP to the…

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SNP MP CONDEMNS TORIES OVER CLOSURE OF ALEXANDRIA JOBCENTRE

SNP MP CONDEMNS TORIES OVER CLOSURE OF ALEXANDRIA JOBCENTRE

Martin Docherty MP has condemned the Tory UK government after plans to close Alexandria Jobcentre were given the green light despite concerns about the impact it will have on vulnerable local residents. In a statement to parliament, UK Minister of State for Employment Damian Hinds confirmed the Tories’ plans to proceed with a raft of DWP closures across the country including Alexandria Jobcentre. Mr Docherty, MP for West Dunbartonshire, today voiced his concerns during parliamentary questions, demanding assurances from the…

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25 YEARS OF CLYDEBANK ASBESTOS GROUP MARKED IN PARLIAMENT

25 YEARS OF CLYDEBANK ASBESTOS GROUP MARKED IN PARLIAMENT

Martin Docherty MP has lodged an Early Day Motion in parliament marking 25 years of the Clydebank Asbestos Group. The SNP MP has praised the volunteer group which was founded in 1992 to help provide support, advice and information for victims of asbestos and their families in Clydebank and across the West of Scotland. Mr Docherty tabled his parliamentary motion in tribute to those who have lost their lives to asbestos-related diseases, gaining cross-party support from MPs in the House…

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MARTIN DOCHERTY-HUGHES SWORN IN AS MP FOR WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE

MARTIN DOCHERTY-HUGHES SWORN IN AS MP FOR WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE

The SNP’s Martin Docherty-Hughes has been sworn-in as the Member of Parliament for West Dunbartonshire. Following his re-election at the General Election on 8 June, Martin has re-dedicated himself to serving the people of Clydebank, Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven. During the swearing-in ceremony, Martin continued his tradition of promoting West Dunbartonshire schools in parliament by wearing a school tie from Braehead Primary in Dumbarton. Commenting, Martin Docherty-Hughes MP said: “It is an honour and a privilege to have…

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MP CALLS FOR FIRE SAFETY REVIEW AT WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE TOWER BLOCKS

MP CALLS FOR FIRE SAFETY REVIEW AT WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE TOWER BLOCKS

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP has expressed his sympathies for those affected by the tragic fatal fire at the Grenfell Tower block in London. The SNP MP has written to the Chief Executive of West Dunbartonshire Council on behalf of local residents calling for a review of fire safety measures at high rise flats in the area. Commenting, Martin Docherty-Hughes MP said: “My thoughts are with all of those affected by this devastating fire at Grenfell Tower. “Many people have lost their…

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Diesel Tax Hikes

Diesel Tax Hikes

A number of the issues being raised by the public are either specific to London, or would be a responsibility for Scottish local authorities. However, I am aware there are concerns on the taxation of fuel – which remains a matter reserved to Westminster for the time being. The SNP have long campaigned for fairer and more transparent taxation of fuel. Last year in advance of the Budget, we joined with FairFuelUK to oppose any hike in fuel duty at…

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UK Aid

UK Aid

The SNP have long been a champion for international development. In 2010, we successfully pressured the UK Government to meet the UN recommendation that 0.7% of national wealth be devoted to international development. As a result of our pressure, the UK became the first G7 nation to write a commitment to the 0.7% target into law. This will help achieve our commitment to the Millennium Development Goals, to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, to make sure everyone in the world can have…

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