SNP MP WARNS UK GOVERNMENT OVER PLANS TO RAISE PENSION AGE

Local MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has hit out at the UK government over proposals to increase the state pension age to 75, warning that it would have dire consequences for pensioners in West Dunbartonshire and across Scotland.

It has been reported that the Tory UK government is considering raising the state pension age to 75 over the next 16 years, following recommendations by the Centre for Social Justice – a thinktank led by former Tory Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith who is a close ally of new Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Continue reading

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CLYDEBANK POST COLUMN – 14 AUGUST 2019

It’s summer recess in the House of Commons which offers MPs a very welcome opportunity to spend some much-needed time with friends and family. But for me that doesn’t mean the work stops – quite the opposite in fact, as it allows me to dedicate even more time to meeting with constituent groups in Clydebank and working on behalf of local residents across West Dunbartonshire. Continue reading

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CLYDEBANK MAN PRAISED IN PARLIAMENT FOR LIFETIME CONTRIBUTION TO SWIMMING

Photo: Martin presenting Peter Dempster with his Early Day Motion in Clydebank.

A Clydebank man in his 90s has been praised in the House of Commons for his ‘remarkable contribution’ to swimming in Scotland.

Veteran swim coach Peter Dempster, who has been involved in Clydebank Amateur Swimming Club since 1938, was described by West Dunbartonshire’s MP Martin Docherty-Hughes as an inspiration to Bankies of all ages. Continue reading

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MARTIN PRESSES NEW PM BORIS JOHNSON ON PLIGHT OF JAGTAR SINGH JOHAL

SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has questioned new Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the incarceration and alleged torture in India of Dumbarton man Jagtar Singh Johal.

32 year old Jagtar, known as “Jaggi”, has been held without trial in India since 4 November 2017 after travelling to the Punjab for his wedding. Jagtar’s family in Dumbarton maintain his innocence and continue to work tirelessly to secure his release. Continue reading

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SCOTLAND DESERVES BETTER THAN BREXIT BRITAIN UNDER BORIS JOHNSON

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has said that it’s no surprise to see support for Scottish independence on the rise following the appointment of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister.

The local SNP MP hit out at the new leader of the British Conservatives Boris Johnson who will take over at Number 10 from outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May. Continue reading

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FLEXIBLE WORKING

The SNP strongly support employers allowing flexible work, and have worked to encourage more employers to allow flexible work that suits employees’ needs.

We are hugely aware of the many benefits flexible working can have, including for those with caring responsibilities. Continue reading

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MARTIN HAILS IMPACT OF NEW CLYDEBANK COMMUNITY SPORT HUB

Local MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has hailed the impact of Clydebank Community Sport Hub (CSH) following a visit to the multi-million pound facility in Whitecrook.

The MP for West Dunbartonshire spoke after meeting with local groups to see first-hand how the state-of-the-art community sports facility which opened in October last year is benefiting the local area. Continue reading

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DOG MEAT TRADE

Many animal welfare charities have drawn attention to the often horrific conditions in which dogs are kept for the dog meat trade. The SNP at Westminster has raised the issue of the dog meat trade in Asia, condemning the cruel treatment of these animals and pledging support for charities working with the international community to improve dog welfare globally. Continue reading

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