‘NON ANSWER’ ON RUSSIAN LANGUAGE SKILLS AT MoD ‘DISAPPOINTING AND ALARMING’

‘NON ANSWER’ ON RUSSIAN LANGUAGE SKILLS AT MoD ‘DISAPPOINTING AND ALARMING’

SNP member of the Defence Select Committee Martin Docherty-Hughes MP has said it is ‘disappointing and alarming’ that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) have been unable to provide any details about how many military personnel have Russian language skills. Martin Docherty-Hughes tabled a question at Westminster on the issue of British military personnel who have any linguistic skills – in particular how many have a knowledge of Russian, French, Arabic, German or Ukrainian. The MoD say they will not provide…

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MP WELCOMES SCOTTISH GOVT BACKING FOR AGGREKO LOW CARBON ENERGY PROJECTS

MP WELCOMES SCOTTISH GOVT BACKING FOR AGGREKO LOW CARBON ENERGY PROJECTS

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has welcomed the announcement that Dumbarton-based Aggreko will create 23 new skilled jobs at its facility at Lomondgate as part of £33 million investment plans for the site. The jobs boost for West Dunbartonshire comes as global power supply firm Aggreko was awarded a £1.5 million research & development grant by Scottish Enterprise to support the development of low carbon power generators for the future. The three projects supported by the Scottish Government backed…

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CLYDEBANK POST COLUMN: SCOTLAND’S SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM

CLYDEBANK POST COLUMN: SCOTLAND’S SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP: “The SNP Scottish government is working to build a fairer social security system, but until Scotland’s parliament has full control over social security it will remain an uphill battle.” Last week the Poverty Alliance, in partnership with Clydebank Independent Resource Centre, held a meeting at Dalmuir CE Centre to discuss the design of a new social security system for Scotland. The Scottish government is committed to using its devolved powers to build a new social security system…

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FAMILY OF MISSING ALEXANDRIA MUM LISA BROWN OFFER £100,000 REWARD

FAMILY OF MISSING ALEXANDRIA MUM LISA BROWN OFFER £100,000 REWARD

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has urged anyone with information about the disappearance of Alexandria woman Lisa Brown to come forward. The family of Lisa Brown, who has been missing since 4 November 2015 when she vanished from her home in Spain, have today launched a fresh appeal for information. A reward of up to £100,000 has been raised by the family and is being offered through Crimestoppers for information which helps the investigation into Lisa’s disappearance. Local MP Martin…

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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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