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Month: February 2018

Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman UK visit

Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman UK visit

I’ve received emails from many constituents concerning the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman’s to the UK. The SNP have been vocal in recent years in their calls for the UK Government to cease arms deals with the Saudi Arabian Government. My SNP colleagues Ian Blackford and Chris Law MP have spoken in the House of Commons, calling for an immediate end to arms sales to Saudi Arabia, in line with other European countries. There can no longer…

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BIG LOTTERY FUNDING BOOST FOR WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE CHARITIES

BIG LOTTERY FUNDING BOOST FOR WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE CHARITIES

Martin Docherty-Hughes, SNP MP for West Dunbartonshire, has welcomed the success of local community projects which have secured over half a million pounds of funding from Big Lottery Scotland. Two West Dunbartonshire based charities will benefit from a cash injection totalling £533,726 after applying for National Lottery funding. Dumbarton Area Council on Alcohol (DACA) has been awarded £389,172 to introduce a programme of health and wellbeing activities for people affected by alcohol misuse. Clydebank-based Community Links Scotland has received £144,554…

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UK DEFENCE SECRETARY GRILLED ON ARMED FORCES CUTS

UK DEFENCE SECRETARY GRILLED ON ARMED FORCES CUTS

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has said the costs of Trident are ‘spiralling out of control’ as the UK government’s defence cuts face further scrutiny from MPs. The comments came as new UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson made his first appearance in front of the cross-party Defence Select Committee at Westminster. SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes, who sits as Scotland’s only MP on the committee, questioned the state of the MoD’s finances after the National Audit Office last month revealed…

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MARTIN DOCHERTY-HUGHES MP BACKS REFUGEE FAMILY REUNION BILL

MARTIN DOCHERTY-HUGHES MP BACKS REFUGEE FAMILY REUNION BILL

West Dunbartonshire’s MP has added his backing to a Private Members’ Bill which would allow more refugee families to be reunited in safety in the UK. The Refugee Family Reunion Bill, published this week at Westminster by SNP MP Angus MacNeil, seeks to support refugee families who are fleeing conflict and persecution. Local MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has pledged to support the campaign to reunite refugee families when the Bill is heard in parliament on 16th March. The Private Members’ Bill,…

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PIP Assessments

PIP Assessments

Both the UK Government’s PIP and ESA process is inherently flawed, and the whole system of disability assessments needs a complete overhaul. According to Scottish Government data from Oct 2017, around 30,000 disabled people could lose entitlement to non-means tested disability benefits due to re-assessment to from DLA to PIP. According to DWP figures from Dec 2017, one in five claimants who had gone through mandatory reconsideration for PIP had their aware changed – meaning 20% of initial decisions were…

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Carers Allowance and Pensioners

Carers Allowance and Pensioners

Pensioners in Scotland and across the UK make an enormous contribution to our care system. The contribution that carers make to our society is priceless. It’s only right that they are duly valued and properly supported. The SNP Scottish Government have taken number of actions to support carers. The Scottish Government will use new social security powers coming to the Scottish Parliament to boost cares’ incomes. I’m proud to say that from next summer onwards, Carer’s Allowance will be increased…

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WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE CHARITIES URGED TO APPLY FOR FUNDING

WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE CHARITIES URGED TO APPLY FOR FUNDING

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, is urging local charities and community groups to apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000 from the People’s Postcode Lottery. Projects in West Dunbartonshire have been successful in applying for over £75,000 of grant awards in recent years, including £18,500 for Glasgow Fever Basketball Club, £1,950 for Loch Lomond Rowing Club and £19,888 for ENABLE Scotland The latest funding rounds for the People’s Postcode Trust, Postcode Trust, Postcode Local Trust and Postcode Community…

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FAMILY OF SCOT DETAINED IN INDIA MARK 100 DAYS SINCE ARREST

FAMILY OF SCOT DETAINED IN INDIA MARK 100 DAYS SINCE ARREST

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has joined the family of Jagtar Singh Johal, a 31 year old Scot detained in India, to mark 100 days since his arrest. Jagtar, a Scottish Sikh from Dumbarton, has been held in Punjab since 4 November 2017. The arrest came two weeks after Jagtar, also known as ‘Jaggi’, travelled to India from Scotland for his wedding. This week marks 100 days that Jagtar has been held without charge. His family continue to campaign…

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