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Month: January 2018

MARTIN DOCHERTY-HUGHES MP BACKS ‘SAVE OUR SCOTCH’ CAMPAIGN

MARTIN DOCHERTY-HUGHES MP BACKS ‘SAVE OUR SCOTCH’ CAMPAIGN

SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has added his backing to a campaign in support of workers in the Scotch whisky industry. The ‘Save Our Scotch’ campaign, led by the Unite Union, has been launched in response to concerns that whisky jobs in Scotland are at risk from outsourcing oversees. Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) highlighting the campaign and calling for cross-party support to ensure that whisky industry jobs remain in Scotland. Under current…

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Driverless Cars and Climate Change

Driverless Cars and Climate Change

I’ve received a number of campaign emails seeking my views on the issue of driverless cars and climate change. Vehicle insurance policies must be set up in a way to make it easy to facilitate automated vehicles in the future, and the recent Automated Vehicles Bill worked to ensure that this is the case. SNP MPs are, however, concerned about the potential costs to policyholders, and contention over liability between manufacturers and insurers. It is incredibly important that in the…

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MP SHOWS SUPPORT FOR BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION IN FIGHT AGAINST HEART DISEASE

MP SHOWS SUPPORT FOR BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION IN FIGHT AGAINST HEART DISEASE

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP visited the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland at Clydebank to find out more about how it raises funds for pioneering cardiovascular research. The MP for West Dunbartonshire was welcomed by store manager Mark Johnston, and met with the Clydebank store’s team of staff and volunteers. In addition to receiving a tour of the premises, which opened in October 2017, Martin heard about the work that goes into generating vital donations, sorting and displaying stock and making sales…

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MARTIN COMMEMORATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY

MARTIN COMMEMORATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP has signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people today. Saturday 27 January will mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history. In the lead up…

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Immigration Detention

Immigration Detention

The routine use of immigration detention is appalling. The fact that the UK is unique in the EU in not even having any time limit on detention is shameful. The SNP Westminster Group have called on the UK Government to demand a time limit on detention, better judicial oversight of decisions to detain. We need a new approach which prioritises compassion and fairness over punishment and isolation – helping those who seek asylum to more easily integrate into our communities…

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Palestinian Children and Ahed Tamimi

Palestinian Children and Ahed Tamimi

I share the concerns of a number of constituents who have contacted me about the arrests of Palestinian children and outrage at the continued detention of 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi in Israel. This practice is in violation of international law and is something that the SNP outright condemns. The SNP support the European Union position of a two-state solution and we firmly encourage Israel and Palestine to reach a sustainable, negotiated settlement under international law, based on mutual recognition and the…

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Crisis in Yemen

Crisis in Yemen

The crisis in Yemen is devastating and entirely man-made. My SNP colleagues and I are in agreement as to the steps the UK Government must now take as a matter of urgency, in particular with regard to permanently ending the blockade on Yemen as a matter of urgency. Indeed, SNP Members of Parliament have made repeated calls on these points in the House of Commons on numerous occasions during debate on the political and humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Furthermore, we…

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Childcare and Childcare Vouchers

Childcare and Childcare Vouchers

The delivery of affordable childcare is crucial for the development of children as well as providing support for families. In Scotland the SNP Government have committed to almost doubling the funded Early Learning and Childcare entitlement from 600 to 1,140 by 2020 in a bid to transform the life chances of children in Scotland. Our universal childcare offer is unmatched in the rest of the UK – in Scotland all 3 and 4 year olds, and eligible 2 year olds,…

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