POST OFFICES & BANK BRANCHES

My SNP colleagues and I are at the forefront of the fight in Westminster to protect Scotland’s Post Office Network, particularly as it becomes a crucial part of access to cash. We recognise this is increasingly important due to UK Government inaction on bank branch closures. Continue reading

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SUPPORT FOR GUIDE DOG OWNERS FACING DISCRIMINATION IN ACCESS TO SERVICES

Local MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has spoken out against discrimination facing service dog users after meeting with concerned guide dog owners in the House of Commons.

This week more than 100 guide dog owners from across Scotland and the UK gathered in parliament to share their experiences of being turned away by businesses because of their assistance dog. Continue reading

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LIVE ANIMAL EXPORTS

I believe that we should look to uphold the highest standards of animal welfare from birth to death, irrespective of the status of the animal.  The European Union has been a world leader in creating better animal welfare standards and I fear that Brexit may see the UK go backwards in this area as in so many others.  The animal welfare standards we have here at the moment are the same as the standards right across the EU, so there aren’t fewer protections once animals are abroad, which is good.

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FREE TV LICENCES FOR OVER-75s

I am deeply disappointed with the BBC’s decision to scrap free TV licences for the Over-75s. This decision is ultimately the result of the UK Government shifting what should be a welfare policy on to the BBC and shirking its responsibility to support older people.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has signed a letter to the Prime Minister urging the UK Government to stop free TV licences for over-75s being scrapped. The letter was signed by every leader of Scotland’s major parties, except the Tories. Continue reading

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MARTIN COMMITS TO ‘GETTING CARERS CONNECTED’ THIS CARERS WEEK

Picture: Martin supporting Carers Week in the House of Commons alongside Linda Black & Fiona Collie of Carers Scotland.

Local MP for West Dunbartonshire, Martin Docherty-Hughes, has pledged his support to carers across Clydebank, Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven as part of Carers Week 2019.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Carers Week which aims to celebrate the vital contribution made by those caring for someone living with an illness, disability, mental health condition or as they grow older.

SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes attended an event in parliament this week to discuss the challenges facing unpaid carers and highlight the contribution made to local communities by carers across Scotland. Continue reading

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TORIES SLAMMED OVER ‘BROKEN PROMISE’ AS BBC SCRAPS TV LICENCE FOR OVER-75s

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has slammed the Tory UK government for breaking another election promise, after it was revealed that the BBC will end blanket free TV licences for pensioners aged over-75.

At the 2017 General Election the Tory manifesto promised to “maintain pensioner benefits, including free bus passes, eye tests, prescriptions and TV licences”, for the duration of this parliament. Continue reading

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HOME OFFICE SLAMMED OVER FEARS PARISH PRIESTS BEING DENIED ENTRY TO UK

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has hit out at the Home Office over changes to immigration rules which make it difficult for priests and religious leaders from overseas to come to the UK.

 

The local SNP MP has received almost a hundred letters from local church-goers across West Dunbartonshire voicing concerns about the damaging impact of new restrictions which explicitly prevent “Ministers of Religion” from entering the country using a Tier 5 visa. Continue reading

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VOTING RIGHTS OF EU CITIZENS

It is a disgrace that in addition to the uncertainties that EU citizens have had to endure, over the last almost 3 years since the EU referendum, some have been denied their right to vote in the European Parliament Election.

We also have first-hand reports of EU citizens being unable to vote even though they had completed and returned the required forms on time. Continue reading

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