TORIES SLAMMED OVER ANOTHER BROKEN PROMISE TO SCOTLAND

Picture: Martin grilling Tory Govt Ministers at Defence Select Committee.

The Tories at Westminster have admitted to breaking the promise they made during the ‘Better Together’ campaign to increase the number of defence personnel in Scotland by 2020.

In 2013, Philip Hammond, as Defence Secretary during the Scottish Independence referendum campaign, made a commitment to increase the number of defence personnel to 12,500 – 9.2% of the UK total – by 2020. Continue reading

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WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE’S MP BACKS LAUNCH OF POPPY SCOTLAND APPEAL

Picture: Martin representing West Dunbartsonshire at Poppy Scotland Appeal launch.

West Dunbartonshire’s MP Martin Docherty-Hughes is getting behind the launch of this year’s Poppy Scotland appeal in support of armed forces veterans and their families.

The annual Scottish Poppy Appeal is taking place in the run up to Remembrance Sunday in November, helping to raise funds in aid of ex-servicemen and women across Scotland. Continue reading

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DEFENCE SECRETARY GRILLED OVER SPIRALLING COSTS OF UK’S DELAYED NUCLEAR SUBMARINES

Picture: Martin questioning Secretary of State Ben Wallace at Defence Select Committee

West Dunbartonshire’s MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has hit out at the UK Defence Secretary over concerns about the MoD’s handling of its multi-billion pound Trident submarine renewal programme.

During an appearance in front of the Defence Select Committee, Tory Secretary of State Ben Wallace was forced to admit delivery of the UK government’s Astute-class submarine programme would be delayed by almost two years. Continue reading

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TORIES TOLD TO THINK AGAIN OVER COMPULSORY VOTER ID PLANS

West Dunbartonshire’s MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has hit out at the Tory UK government over its plans to introduce compulsory photographic ID for voting in future elections.

Local SNP MP Docherty-Hughes has been inundated with emails from constituents across Clydebank, Dumbarton and the Vale voicing concerns that disadvantaged voters face being disenfranchised. Continue reading

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RENEWED CALLS FOR ARMED FORCES REPRESENTATIVE BODY OVER SERVICE PERSONNEL PAY CONCERNS

West Dunbartonshire’s MP has renewed calls for an armed forces representative body after it was revealed the lowest paid armed forces personnel are paid almost £2 less than the UK government’s National Minimum Wage.

Local SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes – Scotland’s only representative on the Common’s Defence Select Committee – has said he plans to re-introduce his Private Member’s Bill to create a representative body giving service personnel ‘one strong voice’. Continue reading

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FIGHT GOES ON TO WIN JUSTICE FOR WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE’S WASPI WOMEN

Pic: Martin meeting with West Dunbartonshire’s local WASPI coordinator Liz Daly.

Local MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has pledged to continue fighting on behalf of 1950s-born women in West Dunbartonshire hit by the Westminster government’s changes to state pension age.

The move comes following a court ruling dismissing the case of WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) campaigners who argued that the UK government’s plans to accelerate pension age increases were unfairly discriminatory.

West Dunbartonshire’s WASPI co-ordinator Liz Daly was in attendance at the high court judgement this week, after joining thousands of campaigners at a protest outside the Tory party conference in Manchester. Continue reading

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SCOTLAND’S FUTURE MUST BE IN SCOTLAND’S HANDS

In the 10 weeks since becoming Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has lost 7 out of 7 votes in the Commons; lost his parliamentary majority; lost 23 of his own Conservative MPs; lost a by-election; lost a case in the Supreme Court; acted unlawfully in shutting down parliament, and misled the Queen.

Even Boris Johnson’s own brother has turned his back on him. In ordinary times, any British Prime Minister would have had no choice but to resign in such circumstances – but these are not ordinary times. Continue reading

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WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE’S MP TACKLES BORIS JOHNSON DURING FIERY EXCHANGES AT COMMONS

West Dunbartonshire’s MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has hit out at Boris Johnson during fiery exchanges in parliament over the Prime Minister’s response to the Supreme Court’s judgement that it was unlawful to shut down parliament.

Boris Johnson addressed the House of Commons after it was reconvened this week following the unanimous verdict from the Supreme Court that the prorogation, or suspension, of parliament was “null, void, and of no effect” and unlawful. Continue reading

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