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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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Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman UK visit

Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman UK visit

I’ve received emails from many constituents concerning the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman’s to the UK. The SNP have been vocal in recent years in their calls for the UK Government to cease arms deals with the Saudi Arabian Government. My SNP colleagues Ian Blackford and Chris Law MP have spoken in the House of Commons, calling for an immediate end to arms sales to Saudi Arabia, in line with other European countries. There can no longer…

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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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