HUMAN RIGHTS IN BAHRAIN

The SNP has been proactive in calling the UK Government to account for its support for the Bahraini Government. This Government has tortured and wrongly imprisoned journalists and their families, all while the UK Government has provided infrastructure funding to their government which has reportedly been misused (even, reportedly, to fund parties and events for the country’s royal family). Continue reading

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AUTISM AWARENESS

It is imperative that we work to raise the understanding of autism and other learning disabilities to ensure a higher standard of life for those affected. The SNP has gone a long way to do this. However, as it is a devolved issue, most of the work the SNP has done concerning autism has been done in Scotland. Continue reading

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FOREIGN SECRETARY PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR FAMILY OF JAGTAR SINGH JOHAL

Picture: Martin alongside family of Jagtar Singh Johal in meeting with the Foreign Secretary.

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has welcomed assurances given by the Foreign Secretary to the family of Dumbarton man Jagtar Singh Johal who has been incarcerated in India for more than 500 days.

SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes described a meeting this week between Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and the family of Scottish Sikh Jagtar Singh Johal as “an important step forward”. Continue reading

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PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION

As stated in our 2017 manifesto, the SNP supports the replacement of First-Past-The-Post with Proportional Representation (PR).

Even though the SNP have been successful in First-Past-The-Post elections in recent years, we have a principled belief in proportional representation and will continue to call for the introduction of Proportional Representation across the UK so that every vote and every part of the country counts. Continue reading

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MARTIN RAISES CONCERNS OVER MOD’S USE OF TOXIC PAINT IN MILITARY VEHICLES

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has hit out at UK government Ministers after it was revealed that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is still using cancer-causing chemicals in the servicing of military vehicles.

Responding to parliamentary questions lodged by the local SNP MP, UK Defence Minister Stuart Andrew has admitted that the MoD continues to make use of highly toxic hexavalent chromium – also known as chromium VI – in military vehicles. Continue reading

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PM MUST USE BREXIT EXTENSION TO PUT EU MEMBERSHIP BACK TO THE PEOPLE

West Dunbartonshire’s MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has said the Prime Minister should “stop wasting time” and reiterated calls for the issue of EU membership to be put back to the people.

The SNP MP said that Theresa May must use the six months EU withdrawal extension as a means to end the impasse over Brexit by holding a fresh EU referendum with the option to Remain on the ballot paper. Continue reading

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MARTIN BACKS CAMPAIGN TO RAISE AWARENESS OF PARKINSON’S DISEASE

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, is backing a major charity campaign to shine a spotlight on Parkinson’s, to improve understanding of and change attitudes towards the condition.

Parkinson’s UK Parkinson’s Is campaign, which launches on World Parkinson’s Day (11 April), aims to change public misconceptions about the condition by highlighting the reality of everyday life for those living with it and their families. Continue reading

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DUMBARTON REPORTER COLUMN: 9 APRIL 2019

As I write this column I’ve just returned from another busy week at Westminster. The deadlock over Brexit continues, meaning MPs are being required to spend more hours in parliament away from our constituencies.

With further key votes expected, it’s Brexit that remains the primary focus amongst parliamentarians. But for me the priority will always be my constituents here in West Dunbartonshire, and I was pleased to see my SNP colleagues in the council administration secure a budget that delivers for our local communities for the year ahead. Continue reading

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