Monthly Archives: March 2017

Hardgate Mineshaft Collapse – Update (31-03-17)

I have been contacted by the Coal Authority to confirm that they will finish their cavity in-filling and stabilisation works next week.   The Council have confirmed to me that they have plans in place to get on-site as soon … Continue reading

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JOINT COMMITTEE SESSION HELD ON SOCIAL SECURITY POWERS FOR SCOTLAND

MPs and MSPs from the House of Commons’ Scottish Affairs Committee and the Scottish Parliament’s Social Security Committee took part in a joint session last Monday (20th March 2017) to discuss the devolution of social security powers to Scotland. MPs … Continue reading

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TRIGGERING OF ARTICLE 50 SHOWS UK WIDE APPROACH “SHATTERED BEYOND REPAIR”

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP has commented on this week’s triggering of Article 50, which formally begins the process of the UK leaving the EU. Any notion of a UK-wide approach, as promised by the Prime Minister following the referendum, is “shattered … Continue reading

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Protections for Ancient Woodland

‘Protection for Ancient Woodland’ is a devolved matter, and the UK Government’s Housing White Paper does not apply in Scotland, and therefore my SNP colleagues and I will not vote on measures which have no impact on Scotland.   The … Continue reading

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Sale of English Student Loans

As you may be aware, students affected by the sell-off will be those students who entered repayment between 2002 and 2006 and only those living in England at the time they applied for their student finance. This decision will not … Continue reading

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Job Centre Closures

Thank you to my colleague Chris Stephens MP for securing this cross-party debate on Job Centre closures, which are affecting constituencies across the UK. We are all working together to keep pressure on the Minister and wider Department for Work … Continue reading

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BUDGET DEBATE: CHANCELLOR URGED TO RETHINK NATIONAL INSURANCE INCREASES FOR SELF-EMPLOYED

Speech from House of Commons debate on UK Government Budget Martin Docherty-Hughes MP (West Dunbartonshire) (SNP) I want to focus on a couple of issues: the Chancellor’s assault on the Scottish whisky industry and the ill thought out increases in … Continue reading

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MP ISSUES CALL TO HELP SHAPE SCOTLAND’S NEW SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM

RESIDENTS URGED TO SIGN UP TO SOCIAL SECURITY EXPERIENCE PANELS Martin Docherty-Hughes MP has called on his constituents in West Dunbartonshire to sign up and help shape Scotland’s new social security system – with the Scottish Government seeking to learn … Continue reading

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