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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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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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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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