MARTIN SEEKS ASSURANCES ON RIGHTS OF ‘DEVASTATED’ THOMAS COOK WORKERS

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has spoken up in parliament on behalf of ‘devastated’ staff and customers of Thomas Cook following the collapse of the airline.

The SNP MP said he had been contacted by a number of Thomas Cook employees this week after the shutters came down on local branches in Clydebank and Alexandria. Continue reading

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CAMPAIGN CONTINUES TO HELP RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY ‘WHISKY BLACK’ FUNGUS

Picture: Martin meeting with health experts Dr Linda de Caestecker & Dr Gillian Penrice to discuss whisky black concerns.

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has vowed to continue helping local residents affected by ‘whisky black’ – a fungus believed to cause the discolouration of property located near to whisky bonds.

The local SNP MP became the first ever parliamentarian to raise the issue of whisky black in the House of Commons, highlighting concerns following the results of a survey of constituents living in Clydebank, Dumbarton and Alexandria. Continue reading

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PARKINSON’S & MENTAL HEALTH

There are approximately 12,400 people in Scotland who currently have Parkinson’s diagnosis and this number is predicted to increase by 40% within the next 20 years. Due to such numbers, the SNP has taken steps to best support everyone living with Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions, whether this be research or access to the best possible care and support.

Last year the SNP Scottish Government published Scotland’s first draft National Action Plan on Neurological Conditions (NAPNC). This included 17 commitments on how to improve neurological care across Scotland. Continue reading

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MARTIN ‘WEARS IT PINK’ IN SUPPORT OF BREAST CANCER CAMPAIGN

Pic: Martin supporting the ‘Wear It Pink’ campaign in parliament.

West Dunbartonshire’s MP Martin Docherty-Hughes added a dash of pink to their usual attire to support Breast Cancer Now’s wear it pink fundraiser, which takes place on Friday 18 October.

Local MP Martin Docherty-Hughes is calling for their constituents across Clydebank, Dumbarton and the Vale to join him in signing up for wear it pink and helping to make possible life-saving breast cancer research and life changing support for those affected by the disease. Continue reading

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SUPPORT FOR APPRENTICESHIPS

The SNP recognises that there needs to be more support for people undertaking apprenticeships, particularly those that require further financial help from the government.

Social security is currently a reserved issue so the SNP has no power to ensure that those undertaking apprenticeships are better supported whilst undertaking their apprenticeship. Continue reading

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LIB DEMS SLAMMED OVER REPORTS OF PACT WITH TORIES

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP has slammed the Lib Dems for preparing to work with extreme Brexiteers in the Tory party in an attempt to ensure the SNP doesn’t have a “clean sweep” of seats in a snap general election.

The SNP MP for West Dunbartonshire has said the Lib Dems simply can’t be trusted after it was reported that talks were “ongoing” between the two parties in an attempt to block an SNP landslide – despite the party’s leader previously calling for anti-Brexit parties to work together. Continue reading

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LOCAL HOUSING ALLOWANCE

It’s with great concern that the UK government’s underinvestment in Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is making rented accommodation unaffordable for many people.

Tackling the UK government’s welfare cuts which are causing housing insecurity and homelessness for too many, is crucial to ending homelessness. Continue reading

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MAJOR NEW PIPELINE OPENED AT ERSKINE BRIDGE

Picture: Martin alongside Gavin Newlands MP opening the new Erskine Bridge Pipeline.

MP for West Dunbartonshire Martin Docherty-Hughes joined MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North Gavin Newlands to officially open a new almost 2km long gas pipeline under the River Clyde at the Erskine Bridge.

The new pipeline replaces two 1.5km pipelines previously suspended under the Erskine Bridge. Maintaining the existing pipelines had become both costly and time consuming for both SGN and the Scottish Government therefore the decision was taken to remove the pipes from the Bridge and design a replacement pipeline. Continue reading

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