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Month: July 2016

Attendance Allowance

Attendance Allowance

Control over a select number of social security payments has been devolved to the Scottish Parliament in the Scotland Act 2016. Attendance allowance is one of these social security payments that will be controlled by the Scottish Government.   The SNP Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice has said that Scotland’s social security policy will be distinct from the iniquitous approach of the UK Government, and will be based on principles which will ensure people are treated with dignity…

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Global Fund on AIDS, TB and Malaria

Global Fund on AIDS, TB and Malaria

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…

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Miami Five

Miami Five

I was deeply concerned that the actions of the Home Office under the now Prime Minister Theresa May appear to, at best, show a disregard for the judgement of the Court of Appeal, and of the principles contained in the European Convention on Human Rights.   I am pleased that after significant lobbying by MPs, Mr. Sehwerert and Mr. Nordelo were allowed entry to the UK to meet with Parliamentarians on 11th July. Many MPs, including SNP MPs, were present…

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STACK THE ODDS AGAINST CANCER

STACK THE ODDS AGAINST CANCER

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP attended a Cancer Research UK event in Westminster to learn more about how lifestyle changes can reduce people’s risk of getting cancer. The MP met with campaigners and nurses from the charity’s Cancer Awareness Roadshow, to find out more about their work on cancer prevention. More than four in ten cancer cases in the UK could be prevented each year*, with smoking and obesity being the biggest avoidable causes of the disease. But while the dangers of…

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Closure of BHS

Closure of BHS

The closure of BHS on Saturday marks the end of an era and is without doubt a huge blow to the communities of West Dunbartonshire. My colleagues and I have interrogated those responsible for the fall of BHS as well as seeking testimony from independent industry and economic experts. The fallout from this debacle is still being picked through by the Parliament and it will be some time before firm actionable recommendations are made, but one thing is clear; we…

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Statement from Martin Docherty-Hughes MP on the Chilcot Report

Statement from Martin Docherty-Hughes MP on the Chilcot Report

Amidst the political heat, our thoughts must be with the families of the 179 UK armed services personnel who have perished in this war. Wednesday was an important and sombre day for them. The Chilcot Report is a catalogue of Government failure and neglect of duty. It is critical of a Prime Minister who led our country into a tragic conflict that has proved devastating for stability in the Middle East. It is clear that those named as responsible must…

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