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Month: May 2016

PANAMA PAPERS: “POTENTIAL LOSS OF REVENUE TO HMRC COULD BE VAST”

PANAMA PAPERS: “POTENTIAL LOSS OF REVENUE TO HMRC COULD BE VAST”

SNP CALL FOR URGENT STATEMENT FROM OSBORNE SNP Deputy Leader and Economy spokesperson Stewart Hosie MP has called on Chancellor George Osborne to make an urgent statement on the continuing fall-out from the publication of the Panama papers and what he is doing to end the abuses outlined.   The millions of documents leaked from Mossack Fonseca revealing details of how the rich hide their wealth from the taxman is undoubtedly one of the largest data breaches ever – but given…

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Martin Docherty-Hughes MP raises awareness of screening in West Dunbartonshire during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month in April

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP raises awareness of screening in West Dunbartonshire during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month in April

As April marks Bowel Cancer Awareness Month Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, is supporting a call by leading research charity Bowel Cancer UK, urging more people to take part in bowel cancer screening and help save lives.   Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK, affecting both men and women. Every year over 41,000 people (one every 15 minutes) are diagnosed with bowel cancer and 16,200 people die of the disease.   Bowel cancer screening…

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Dog Microchipping Deadline This Week

Dog Microchipping Deadline This Week

With just one week to go before microchipping becomes compulsory, Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, brought its larger than life mascot ‘Dogcilla’ to meet Martin Docherty-Hughes MP for West Dunbartonshire at Westminster. Over the past two years, Dogs Trust has been touring the country with its four tonne, 3.2 metre high yellow mascot Dogcilla in a bid to raise awareness of this important aspect of dog welfare ahead of the impending law change on April 6th when it…

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MY LATEST DUMBARTON REPORTER COLUMN

MY LATEST DUMBARTON REPORTER COLUMN

The Tories are pressing ahead with their ideological services cuts despite the chancellor’s announcement that he has missed all his targets on debt, deficit, borrowing, trade and exports. His failed austerity project has damaged the UK’s economy, our vital public services and is hitting us all, especially the poorest and most disadvantaged in our communities. George Osborne has failed utterly, and while sensible heads have seen this coming from the beginning, this Budget will be remembered as the point he…

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TORIES BACKTRACK ON CHILD POVERTY REPORTING MEASURES

TORIES BACKTRACK ON CHILD POVERTY REPORTING MEASURES

SNP: LATEST GOVERNMENT U-TURN ON CRUEL WELFARE POLICIES The UK government has been forced into another U-turn by agreeing to retain a legally binding commitment to measure and publish the number of children living in low-income families, following pressure from the SNP. The key clause forms part of the Tory Welfare Reform and Work Bill which is currently in “ping-pong” between the House of Lords and House of Commons over amendments to the bill before it becomes legislation. Amendments to…

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SNP CAMPAIGN EVENT TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

SNP CAMPAIGN EVENT TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

UK GOVERNMENT FAILURE TO RATIFY ISTANBUL CONVENTION “UNACCEPTABLE” The Scottish National Party has stepped up its efforts to end violence against women by hosting a conference of campaign groups in the Houses of Parliament. The SNP hosted a round-table discussion, focussing on a campaign to call on the UK government to ratify the Istanbul Convention which legislates for the coordination of policies between government, local authorities and charities working to combat violence against women. The SNP has previously raised the issue…

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SCOTTISH MPs “LEFT OUT”

SCOTTISH MPs “LEFT OUT”

SNP MP Pete Wishart has warned that Scottish MPs are being increasingly left out of the debate on government spending because they have been denied the opportunity to discuss the impacts of decisions made in Westminster on Scottish budgets. The MP and SNP Shadow Leader of the House of Commons was ruled ‘out of order’ during a parliament debate on estimates (government spending) for attempting to bring up the critical ‘Barnett consequentials’ which provide a large part of the Scottish…

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TORIES RENEWING TRIDENT “BY STEALTH”

TORIES RENEWING TRIDENT “BY STEALTH”

ANOTHER £640 MILLION SPENT AND STILL NO COMMONS VOTE SNP Shadow Defence Team Member Martin Docherty-Hughes MP is calling on the UK Government to come clean on spending on Trident as it is reported that yet another £640 million is to be spent on renewal – without a single vote in the House of Commons. The UK Government is determined to proceed with the project – which already has a total price tag of £167 billion – and plans to…

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