COMMENT: PM NEEDS TO GET A GRIP ON UK ENERGY CRISIS

A new year is seen as a chance for a fresh start. But here we are just a week into 2022 and Boris Johnson is yet again embroiled in Tory sleaze at Westminster.

It appears the PM’s carelessness with the truth may finally catching up with him. From rule-breaking Covid parties, to allegations of corruption and ‘cash for access’ – these are certainly troubling times for the Prime Minister. Continue reading “COMMENT: PM NEEDS TO GET A GRIP ON UK ENERGY CRISIS”

MARTIN PAYS TRIBUTE TO FAMILIES OF LISA BROWN AND JAGTAR SINGH JOHAL IN PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE

Picture: Martin speaking alongside Hannah Bardell MP in the House of Commons.

SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has paid tribute to families in West Dunbartonshire during a debate in the House of Commons calling for better consular assistance for UK citizens experiencing trauma abroad.

Local MP Docherty-Hughes – who is Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Deaths Abroad, Consular Services and Assistance – cited West Dunbartonshire’s Lisa Brown and Jagtar Singh Johal as examples of where the UK Foreign Office has let down local families. Continue reading “MARTIN PAYS TRIBUTE TO FAMILIES OF LISA BROWN AND JAGTAR SINGH JOHAL IN PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE”

WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE’S MP URGES SCANDAL-HIT BORIS JOHNSON TO RESIGN

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign over the latest scandal to hit Westminster.

Local SNP MP Docherty-Hughes raised concerns in the House of Commons during an urgent question on reports that UK government officials held parties in Downing Street during lockdown last Christmas. Continue reading “WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE’S MP URGES SCANDAL-HIT BORIS JOHNSON TO RESIGN”

COMMENT: DOUBLING SCOTTISH CHILD PAYMENT IS LIFELINE FOR HARD-PRESSED FAMILIES

Picture: Martin meeting with staff & volunteers at West Dunbartonshire Citizens Advice Bureau.

West Dunbartonshire Citizens Advice Bureau celebrated its 50th anniversary this year and I was delighted to visit the CAB offices in Dumbarton to thank the staff and volunteers for their invaluable service to our communities.

Since first being elected I’ve worked closely with West Dunbartonshire’s local advice services because I’ve seen first-hand the difference they can make for people with nowhere else to turn. Continue reading “COMMENT: DOUBLING SCOTTISH CHILD PAYMENT IS LIFELINE FOR HARD-PRESSED FAMILIES”

APPG FOR DEATHS ABROAD, CONSULAR SERVICES & ASSISTANCE

Photo: A number of families which which gave evidence to the APPG on Deaths Abroad, Consular Services & Assistance.

In my years working as the MP for West Dunbartonshire, the UK government department I have spent perhaps the most time pursuing on behalf of constituents is the FCO (now known as the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office – FCDO). Continue reading “APPG FOR DEATHS ABROAD, CONSULAR SERVICES & ASSISTANCE”

PENSIONERS URGED TO CONTACT MP OVER DELAYS TO STATE PENSION PAYMENTS

Picture: Martin Docherty-Hughes MP for West Dunbartonshire.

West Dunbartonshire’s MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has urged newly retired residents to contact him if they are experiencing delays in applying for their state pension.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has admitted that thousands of people across the UK who have just turned 66 have been caught up in a backlog of delays in receiving their first state pension payments. Continue reading “PENSIONERS URGED TO CONTACT MP OVER DELAYS TO STATE PENSION PAYMENTS”

COMMENT: EYES OF WORLD ON CLYDESIDE FOR COP26

Photo credit: COP26 Glasgow Flickr

The eyes of the world have been on the Clydeside this week as Scotland welcomes global leaders and campaigners for the COP26 climate conference.

It was a privilege to attend as West Dunbartonshire’s MP – at what may be one of the most important international conferences this century – on the day of COP26 which focused on youth and public empowerment. Continue reading “COMMENT: EYES OF WORLD ON CLYDESIDE FOR COP26”