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Month: March 2018

CLYDEBANK POST COLUMN: SCOTLAND’S SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM

CLYDEBANK POST COLUMN: SCOTLAND’S SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP: “The SNP Scottish government is working to build a fairer social security system, but until Scotland’s parliament has full control over social security it will remain an uphill battle.” Last week the Poverty Alliance, in partnership with Clydebank Independent Resource Centre, held a meeting at Dalmuir CE Centre to discuss the design of a new social security system for Scotland. The Scottish government is committed to using its devolved powers to build a new social security system…

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FAMILY OF MISSING ALEXANDRIA MUM LISA BROWN OFFER £100,000 REWARD

FAMILY OF MISSING ALEXANDRIA MUM LISA BROWN OFFER £100,000 REWARD

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has urged anyone with information about the disappearance of Alexandria woman Lisa Brown to come forward. The family of Lisa Brown, who has been missing since 4 November 2015 when she vanished from her home in Spain, have today launched a fresh appeal for information. A reward of up to £100,000 has been raised by the family and is being offered through Crimestoppers for information which helps the investigation into Lisa’s disappearance. Local MP Martin…

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WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE CVS SECURES BIG LOTTERY FUNDING

WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE CVS SECURES BIG LOTTERY FUNDING

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP has congratulated West Dunbartonshire Council for Voluntary Services (WDCVS) for securing £123,060 of funding from the Big Lottery Fund Scotland. WDCVS is one of 18 groups across Scotland to share in almost £2 million of lottery funding to help bring people together in our local communities. The cash boost for WDCVS, which works to develop voluntary services in West Dunbartonshire, will be used to establish a bespoke befriending service for adults with complex needs. The project will…

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PLIGHT OF DUMBARTON MAN DETAINED IN INDIA RAISED IN HOUSE OF COMMONS

PLIGHT OF DUMBARTON MAN DETAINED IN INDIA RAISED IN HOUSE OF COMMONS

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has raised the case of a Dumbarton man detained in India during a parliamentary debate on British nationals imprisoned abroad. Speaking in the House of Commons, SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes called on the UK government to tackle the Indian government about claims of torture against his constituent Jagtar Singh Johal during his detention in India. 31 year old Jagtar, a British national from Dumbarton, has been held in Punjab since 4 November 2017. His…

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MP WELCOMES SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT FUNDING BOOST FOR MAID OF THE LOCH

MP WELCOMES SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT FUNDING BOOST FOR MAID OF THE LOCH

The campaign to get the Maid of the Loch sailing again has received a boost after the award of a £950,000 funding grant from the Scottish Government. The Scottish Government has made the award through its Regeneration Capital Grant Fund which has been developed in partnership with COSLA and local authorities to support local regeneration projects. The Maid of the Loch is one of 24 projects across Scotland set to benefit from a share of £26 million from the fund…

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UNIVERSAL CREDIT PAYMENT SYSTEM ‘PUTS VULNERABLE WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN DANGER’

UNIVERSAL CREDIT PAYMENT SYSTEM ‘PUTS VULNERABLE WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN DANGER’

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has said that the UK government must take action to change its benefit payments system after concerns were raised about the risk it poses to vulnerable women and children. The SNP MP has added his support to a Private Members’ Bill tabled by his party colleague Dr Philippa Whitford at Westminster. The Bill aims to protect women from financial abuse through the introduction of routine split payments for Universal Credit – the Tory UK…

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Marriage rights in Northern Ireland

Marriage rights in Northern Ireland

The SNP Scottish Government have long championed LGBTI equality and Scotland has been praised for having some of the best equality laws in Europe. Indeed, Scotland has been rated the best country in Europe for LGBTI equality and human rights in both 2015 and 2016, according to the Rainbow Europe Index. My SNP colleagues and I are fully committed to equality and social justice for all, and I am proud that the SNP Scottish Government’s equal marriage legislation is regarded…

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