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Month: February 2017

MP SEEKS ANSWERS ON ALEXANDRIA JOB CENTRE CLOSURE

MP SEEKS ANSWERS ON ALEXANDRIA JOB CENTRE CLOSURE

West Dunbartonshire’s Martin Docherty-Hughes MP has lodged written questions to the Secretary of State for Work & Pensions asking for details of the number of people who will be affected by the move and what consultation the DWP intends to have with the local community. The petition to save the centre, online at www.martindocherty.scot, has more than 300 signatures including paper signatures, and has cross party support from local MSP Jackie Baillie helping put pressure on the DWP.   Martin…

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Article 50 Bill

Article 50 Bill

Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain a member of the European Union, and we in the SNP are doing all we can to make sure Scotland’s voice is heard and to protect Scotland’s place in Europe.   The UK Government’s Bill giving the Prime Minister the power to trigger Article 50 had its Second Reading on Tuesday 31 January and Wednesday 1 February, for which the SNP tabled a reasoned amendment which would have declined to allow the Bill to move…

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Protecting Children from the Damage of Debt

Protecting Children from the Damage of Debt

In Scotland, debt arrangement schemes are available for those who need to pay-off their debts over a longer period. Participants are protected from enforcement action by their creditors, and interest and charges on their debts are frozen. It is only proper that we seek to do everything we can to help families and individuals on low incomes with little by way of assets who are struggling with debt, while still offering a fair deal for those owed money. The SNP…

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the UK’s Trade Policy After the UK Leaves the EU

the UK’s Trade Policy After the UK Leaves the EU

You may be aware that at present, the EU negotiates trade agreements on behalf of all 28 Member States – including the UK. There are currently almost 90 countries with whom we are discussing a trade agreement, or have signed a trade agreement through our membership of the EU. The UK is unable to sign any trade agreements of its own whilst it remains a Member of the EU, so we risk our membership of the largest Single Market in…

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USA-UK Trade Deal

USA-UK Trade Deal

The SNP’s priority is to secure Scotland’s membership of the Single Market – a market of 500 million people which is 8 times bigger than the UK market. I believe that staying in the Single Market is important for Scotland, our businesses, workers and consumers. A hard Tory Brexit, where Scotland could leave the Single Market, could cost up to 80,000 Scottish jobs and cost Scotland’s economy up to £11 billion a year by 2030.   We are concerned that…

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Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013

Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013

Section 40 applies only to England and Wales. The Scottish Government has decided not to introduce equivalent legislation in Scotland.   The Scottish Government will continue to monitor current press regulations, and will work with other parties at Holyrood and Westminster to ensure effective regulation of the press. It is my view that regulation will only be effective if it balances the respect for freedom of the press with the public desire for high standards, accuracy and accountability. That is…

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Golden Jubilee Foundation Delighted to Host West Dunbartonshire’s First Ever Disability Confident Event

Golden Jubilee Foundation Delighted to Host West Dunbartonshire’s First Ever Disability Confident Event

PRESS RELEASE FROM: Golden Jubilee Foundation  Today (Friday 10 February 2017), the Golden Jubilee Foundation together with the department for Work and Pensions, host West Dunbartonshire’s first Disability Confident employer engagement event, providing  employers with support and knowledge on how to attract, retain and recruit disabled people. The Golden Jubilee has a strong culture and proven track record of valuing the diversity of all of our staff and has put in place a range of employee friendly policies and procedures…

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Religious Freedom and Displacement (Open Doors 2017 World Watch List)

Religious Freedom and Displacement (Open Doors 2017 World Watch List)

My SNP colleagues and I are committed to combatting religious persecution of all forms. Freedom of thought, belief and religion is an essential human right and no-one should be persecuted for practicing their religion. In recent months, my colleagues and I have vigorously defended the rights of people from a wide range of countries and faiths who have been persecuted in some form, including Pakistani and Palestinian Christians, Yazidi people, Falun Gong, and Ahmadiyya Muslims, as well as repeatedly standing…

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