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Month: October 2016

CLYDE YARDS “CANNOT WAIT ANY LONGER FOR TYPE 26 DECISION”

CLYDE YARDS “CANNOT WAIT ANY LONGER FOR TYPE 26 DECISION”

DELAY IN DECISIONS IS CAUSING ‘ENORMOUS DAMAGE‘ TO DEFENCE    West Dunbartonshire SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes, a member of the SNP’s Defence team at Westminster, has called on the UK government to end the “enormous damage” caused by the delay in the Type 26 frigate programme and has stressed again that the Clyde yards have waited but “cannot wait any more”.   In a debate held by the MP at Westminster, Mr Docherty-Hughes said the MoD must not break its…

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LOCAL MP CALLS FOR THE ABOLITION OF THE HOUSE OF LORDS

LOCAL MP CALLS FOR THE ABOLITION OF THE HOUSE OF LORDS

MICHAEL GOVE MP ‘GETS TELT’ “Forget it, ye’ can sit right down….” “Listen you might learn something….” “No, sit down, son. I’ve told you once and I will not tell you again.”   West Dunbartonshire’s MP, Martin Docherty-Hughes has spoken passionately in the House of Commons, calling for the abolition of the unelected and unaccountable House of Lords; putting former Government Minister Michael Gove MP firmly in his place. During his speech, Martin Docherty-Hughes MP said, “[The Boundary Commission] have…

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Violence Against Women – Istanbul Convention (Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP’s Private Member’s Bill)

Violence Against Women – Istanbul Convention (Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP’s Private Member’s Bill)

I am posting regarding the Istanbul Convention, and the Private Members’ Bill which my colleague Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP will bring to the floor of the House for its Second Reading on 16th December.   The Istanbul Convention’s purpose is to protect women against all forms of violence, and prevent, prosecute and eliminate violence against women and domestic abuse. It provides a comprehensive framework, policies and measures that will provide protection of and assistance to all victims of violence against…

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Philip Green Knighthood (BHS Debacle)

Philip Green Knighthood (BHS Debacle)

The predicament of BHS is a reflection of a broader issue of the UK Government’s failure to stimulate economic recovery. This issue highlights the fundamental need to address the regulation of the pensions industry and the UK Government need to see this as a lesson, and acknowledge that we need to take action now and not allow businesses to risk such situations in the future.   Approximately 11 million people are relying on a final salary pension run by a…

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Nazis in Falkirk

Nazis in Falkirk

Regarding the proposed gig by US based band ‘Bound for Glory’ in Falkirk, I note that the right-wing music festival that they were due to appear at has now been cancelled after thousands protested. Around 16,000 people had signed a petition calling for the gig to be banned.   The Scottish Government’s Justice Secretary Michael Matheson MSP has also written to the Home Secretary Amber Rudd to ask her to consider barring members of the group from entering the country…

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UK Ivory Market

UK Ivory Market

I have been glad to note the recent motion of the International Union for Conservation of Nature congress, which calls on all countries to address internal ivory trade as a matter of urgency. While I was pleased to note that the recent Conference of the Parties of the Convention of the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Johannesburg on 24 Sept-5 Oct 2016 has led to positive developments in species protection, it is disheartening that no international agreement on…

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Mosul

Mosul

My SNP colleagues and I fully share your deep concern for the wellbeing of the civilian population of Mosul – and above all its children – during the ongoing military offensive. The SNP have on many occasions challenged the UK Government to do a great deal more for the protection of civilians in Iraq and indeed in Syria and Yemen also.   On 18 October, during an emergency debate on the military offensive on Mosul, our MPs raised these issues with…

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