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Month: April 2017

Higher Education & Research Bill

Higher Education & Research Bill

SNP MPs have consistently opposed the Higher Education Bill since it was introduced by the UK Government in July last year. In regards to your comments on the Lords Amendments, I agree with you that the TEF should not be linked to tuition fees and it is something my SNP colleagues and I have consistently opposed. As you will be aware, the SNP believe that education should be based on the ability to learn and not the ability to pay…

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LGBT+ Rights in Chechnya

LGBT+ Rights in Chechnya

I share the public’s deep concern and I am alarmed by the reported violations of human rights in Chechnya. My SNP colleagues and I fully endorse Amnesty International’s call to action to protect those at risk in the region. The international community has a responsibility to raise concerns about human rights violations with Russia at the highest level. I believe that more generally, we require a way to ensure that in our interactions with other countries, we have particular attention…

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Snap General Election #GE17

Snap General Election #GE17

Statement from Martin Docherty-Hughes MP “The Prime Minister’s announcement is timed to take advantage of a Tory surge in the polls south of the border. The ineffective and contradictory leadership of the Labour Party has been extremely damaging, and it is clear that the Labour Party will lose yet more seats to the Tories in the coming election. “In contrast, SNP MPs have been effective at challenging the UK Government on many of the worst excesses of the right wing…

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Vale of Leven Hospital: Joint Statement from Martin Dochetry-Hughes MP & Brendan O’Hara MP

Vale of Leven Hospital: Joint Statement from Martin Dochetry-Hughes MP & Brendan O’Hara MP

Following our meeting with both the Chair John Brown CBE and new Chief Executive Jane on NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, the Chair has issued a letter to local media confirming some of the points raised in our discussion. Click here to read the letter   It was an extremely positive meeting where all present agreed that the Vale of Leven Hospital is an asset to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and that it will continue to deliver vital services…

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MARTIN SLAMS UK GOVERNMENT FOR “DEVASTATING” CUTS TO DISABILITY BENEFITS

MARTIN SLAMS UK GOVERNMENT FOR “DEVASTATING” CUTS TO DISABILITY BENEFITS

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP has criticised the Tory UK Government for the introduction of devastating benefit cuts for sick and disabled people. From 1 April 2017, new claimants for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) – which offers support to people unable to work due to illness and disability – have had their benefits cut by £30 per week. The SNP MP has said that these cuts will cause severe financial hardship for the most vulnerable in West Dunbartonshire and called on…

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CUT TO CHILD TAX CREDITS TO INCREASE CHILD POVERTY BY 10%

CUT TO CHILD TAX CREDITS TO INCREASE CHILD POVERTY BY 10%

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT SPEND £400 MILLION MITIGATING IMPACT OF TORY CUTS   SNP MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford has said it is clear the UK government “remains wedded to austerity” as independent analysis finds new cuts to child tax credits will single-handedly increase child poverty by 10% by 2020.   The report, published by Policy in Practice, used national data collected every year by the Family Resource Survey to estimate that across the UK 104,000 third or additional children will be born…

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Royal Archive

Royal Archive

Scotland’s Freedom of Information regime is internationally recognised and we are determined to continue developing a culture of openness and transparency across our public services. My colleagues in the SNP Scottish Government have recently closed a consultation on extending Freedom of Information rights to Registered Social Landlords, on the basis that they undertake functions of a public nature, as part of our ongoing commitment to ensuring that Scotland’s Freedom of Information legislation remains robust and up-to-date.   You make a…

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RULE OUT POWER GRAB AND SET OUT PLAN

RULE OUT POWER GRAB AND SET OUT PLAN

TORIES MUST END SPECULATION ON POWERS RETURNING TO HOLYROOD   Following a national press report that ‘Holyrood is at risk of a grab for power by the Tories’, the SNP is calling on the UK government to urgently rule out any attempt to use Brexit as a cover for the appropriation of devolved powers.   In a letter to Scottish Secretary David Mundell, the SNP’s Ivan McKee – who sits on Holyrood’s Finance and Constitution committee – also pressed for…

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