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Month: December 2016

Christmas & New Year Holidays

Christmas & New Year Holidays

The constituency office will be closed from 3pm on Friday 23rd December 2016 and will reopen on Monday 9th January 2017.   The office answer phone (0141 952 2988) will be on during this time and emails to martin.docherty.mp@parliament.uk will not be regularly monitored, and both may not be responded to until the office reopens.   Messages through the Facebook page will be periodically checked, but should not be relied upon in an emergency.   West Dunbartonshire Council has provided…

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UK Soldiers / Operation Banner

UK Soldiers / Operation Banner

While I recognise that this is a very difficult and sensitive subject, the investigations carried out by the Police Service of Northern Ireland are a matter for the Northern Ireland Assembly, where the Scottish National Party has no presence. That being the case, it would be inappropriate for me to comment on judicial investigations taking place outwith our jurisdiction and over which we have no control.

Potential Takeover of Sky

Potential Takeover of Sky

When considering any takeover bid of media and news outlets, it is the duty of shareholders to prioritise public interests. Further to this, a takeover bid of this magnitude must be properly and robustly scrutinised. If any plans or detail is required to be scrutinised by the Government this must be done in a fully transparent and thorough manner.   It is the duty of both free media and the Government to ensure that the media sector delivers robustly evidenced…

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deportation of Jimmy Kyesswa

deportation of Jimmy Kyesswa

It is my understanding that the imminent deportation of Mr. Kyesswa has been halted, and that he has been granted temporary admission by the Home Office whilst his case is being reviewed. This is welcome news, and although parliamentary protocol prevents me from making representations on behalf of any individual who is not my own constituent, I trust that his local MP will be doing so.   More generally, too many LGBTI+ people in too many countries still face the…

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Aleppo

Aleppo

My SNP colleagues and I share the public horror at the bombing and destruction that has been visited on the civilian population in Aleppo in recent months. As the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said in the Scottish Parliament on 15 December, we have all found the scenes from Aleppo to be heartbreaking and deeply, deeply distressing.   On 30 November, Angus Robertson MP asked the Prime Minister directly to ensure that the UK and the international community do everything possible…

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Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) Bill

Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) Bill

The Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) Bill is due to be debated in the House of Com0mons on Tuesday 10th January.   The SNP has a number of the concerns with this Bill.  We called for the Bill to be amended to reduce the amount of money the Government will be able to give to the CDC, and for it to be clearer about how the work of the CDC helps to reduce poverty overseas and meet the Sustainable Development Goals.  We…

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Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Gambling addiction is a real problem which blights communities and households across the country. The SNP are deeply concerned about the proliferation of Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals and the consequences for problem gamblers, and we have paid close attention to this issue in Parliament – particularly through the work of the All Party Parliamentary Group on this issue, which is chaired by my SNP colleague Stuart McDonald MP. My SNP colleague Ronnie Cowan MP wrote to the Minister for Sport, Tourism…

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Survivors of Torture

Survivors of Torture

Response to campaign emails highlighting the report by Freedom from Torture My SNP colleagues and I have consistently called for a national discussion on immigration that is humane and honest, and not based on fear or misinformation. The Scottish Government policy on asylum is robust, open and welcoming to those who wish to seek asylum in Scotland, and seeks to support asylum seekers to positively integrate into Scottish communities. It is only right that asylum seekers and refugees are treated…

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