MARTIN URGES WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE PENSIONERS TO CHECK WINTER FUEL PAYMENT

Local MP Martin Docherty-Hughes is urging pensioners across Clydebank, Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven to ensure they have received their Winter Fuel Payment for 2018/2019.

Those who have reached state pension age are entitled to claim an annual tax free payment of up to £300 to help meet the cost of their winter fuel bills. Continue reading

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ANIMAL WELFARE

Scotland is a nation of animal lovers and we take the welfare of our pets, animals and livestock very seriously. The SNP are committed to protecting the welfare of animals and will continue to legislate to improve the welfare of animals.  Continue reading

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DUMBARTON REPORTER COLUMN – 19 FEBRUARY 2019

With just weeks to go until Brexit, there’s a sense of déjà vu as the UK government descends ever further into chaos.

After suffering the worst defeat in parliamentary history, the Prime Minister continues to be humiliated over their failing Brexit strategy. Far from being “strong and stable”, this is a shambles of a Westminster government that limps on in office but not in power. Continue reading

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SUPPLY OF MEDICINES POST BREXIT

The view of the SNP is for Scotland to remain in the EU – something we voted for in 2016. Already we are seeing the effect of a medicines shortage due to personal and organisational stockpiling as the number of concessions the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) applied for went up from 45 in October 2018 to 87 in December 2018. Continue reading

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MARTIN WELCOMES MOVES TO IMPROVE LINKS BETWEEN DONEGAL AND WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE

Photo: Martin meeting with former Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has given his backing to efforts to strengthen ties between his constituency and the Irish county of Donegal.

The SNP MP, who is vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Ireland and the Irish in Britain, said that he hopes plans for a new Friendship Agreement will help build on historic links between West Dunbartonshire and Donegal. Continue reading

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EU ERASMUS PROGRAMME

The Erasmus+ programme is a unique scheme that has allowed students from the UK and the EU to travel, study and experience new cultures. It has opened avenues to disadvantaged students who otherwise would not have been able to afford studying abroad. Continue reading

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WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE MP IN BID TO BRING ‘WHISKY BLACK’ CONCERNS TO PARLIAMENT

Photo: Martin visiting one the areas affected by the ‘whisky black’ fungus.

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, is to launch a bid to secure a debate in the House of Commons on the impact of ‘whisky black’ – a fungus believed to blacken the exterior of properties located in close proximity to whisky bonds.

It follows concerns raised to the MP by residents across Clydebank, Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven about property exteriors – including homes, garden furniture and vehicles – being affected by the black fungus material. Continue reading

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MINIMUM INCOME REQUIREMENT

The Minimum Income Requirement is a blunt instrument which keeps families apart, job vacancies unfilled and the social and cultural benefits of immigration reduced.

The Immigration and Social Security Co-Ordination Bill ends freedom of movement of people, despite the huge benefits it has brought to Scotland and the UK. Ending freedom of movement will be a disaster for Scotland and the SNP will oppose this Bill every step of the way. Continue reading

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