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Month: March 2017

Diana Johnson MP’s Abortion Bill

Diana Johnson MP’s Abortion Bill

I recognise the strength of feeling that many people have on this issue. I should say at the outset that the vast majority of Private Member’s Bills are not successful in becoming law, owing to the very little parliamentary time that is dedicated to their consideration. The current regulations on abortion are governed by the Abortion Act 1967. This legislation makes it legal to have an abortion in Scotland, England and Wales during the first 24 weeks of pregnancy provided…

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ALCOHOL DUTY

ALCOHOL DUTY

I am aware of the substantial economic contribution made by pubs, breweries and microbreweries in Scotland. The brewing and pub industry supports the employment of 60,000 people in Scotland, contributing £1.6 billion to the Scottish economy and generating £972 million in tax revenues. It is part of a wider food and drink industry which is a vital sector of Scotland’s economy. For that reason, I believe it to be important that the sector is supported appropriately. My SNP colleagues and I have long supported…

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MARTIN MEETS TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY ON MP DELEGATION VISIT TO DUBLIN

MARTIN MEETS TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY ON MP DELEGATION VISIT TO DUBLIN

APPG ON IRELAND & THE IRISH IN BRITAIN DISCUSSES BREXIT AND THE RIGHTS OF IRISH CITIZENS Martin Docherty-Hughes MP has met with Taoiseach Enda Kenny as part of a delegation of MPs on a visit to Dublin to discuss matters of concern to the Irish diaspora in Scotland and in the UK. The MP for West Dunbartonshire, who is also vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Ireland and the Irish in Britain, joined a cross-party group of MPs…

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Statement on Independence Referendum Announcement

Statement on Independence Referendum Announcement

Scotland stands at a hugely important crossroads but the position we find ourselves in isn’t one of our choosing – 62% of people in Scotland voted to Remain in the EU referendum last year but we now face being taken out against our will and against the promises that were made in 2014. In common with most people across Scotland, I wish that we weren’t in this situation. The Prime Minister has set her course towards hard Brexit, without listening…

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Statement following meeting with Employment Minister Damian Hinds MP

Statement following meeting with Employment Minister Damian Hinds MP

“I was disappointed with the unwillingness of the Government to consider the circumstances of deprivation in the Alexandria Job Centre catchment area and also to hear of his refusal of Jackie Baillie’s invite for him to visit the area; it is clear that the UK Government are not going to reconsider their position that the current building is not economically viable.   “It is helpful that the Council have agreed to work with the DWP to look at other publicly…

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BREASTFEEDING FRIENDLY FOOTBALL GROUNDS

BREASTFEEDING FRIENDLY FOOTBALL GROUNDS

DUMBARTON FC COMMENDED IN PARLIAMENT FOR BREASTFEEDING FRIENDLY CAMPAIGN   Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) in the House of Commons, congratulating Dumbarton Football Club for signing up as a Breastfeeding Friendly Football Ground. Dumbarton FC recently declared their stadium beneath Dumbarton Rock as a breastfeeding friendly football ground, following a nationwide campaign by the SNP MP, Alison Thewliss.  Almost 70% of football clubs in Scotland have now signed up to the campaign…

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PRESS COMMENTS: SPRING UK BUDGET STATEMENT

PRESS COMMENTS: SPRING UK BUDGET STATEMENT

(All quotes attributable to Martin Docherty-Hughes MP unless otherwise specified)   General Comment and BREXIT “Brexit was the elephant in the room during the Budget statement, as the Chancellor barely mentioned the UK leaving the European Union, despite it being the biggest single threat to Scotland’s economy.   “The Tory Government remain wedded to austerity, which is driving the biggest inequality since Thatcher, I would highlight: A lack of action on rising inflation, and slower wage growth which will squeeze…

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Changes to Personal Independence Payments

Changes to Personal Independence Payments

The SNP are very concerned about the impact of these changes on disabled people. It has been estimated that these changes will negatively affect the financial support that some 160,000 people rely upon.   We reject arguments that these amendments to the regulations are necessary and I understand the strength of feeling in Scotland against these changes given their far reaching impact on disabled people. My SNP colleagues and I are particularly concerned by some of the comments made in…

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