After taking time to review plans for the proposed Flamingo Land development in Balloch I have decided to oppose the application in principle.

Submit your views to Loch Lomond & The Trossachs planning department by 27th June using the following link: https://tinyurl.com/ybkdvyfo

Watch my video below for more details.

Flamingo Land Planning Application

🎥 WATCH: After taking time to review plans for the proposed Flamingo Land development in Balloch I have decided to oppose the application in principle.✍️ Submit your views to Loch Lomond & The Trossachs planning department by 27th June: https://tinyurl.com/ybkdvyfo

Geplaatst door Martin Docherty-Hughes MP op Donderdag 21 juni 2018

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SNP MP and member of the Defence Select Committee Martin Docherty-Hughes MP has said that the Ten Minute Rule Bill in his name is aimed at giving service personnel ‘one strong voice’.

Mr Docherty Hughes’ Bill – presented at Westminster today (Wednesday) is calling for the introduction of an Armed Forces Representative Body on a statutory footing and Mr Docherty-Hughes has said it is a ‘vital step to ensure that Armed Forces personnel can improve their working and economic conditions’.

The Bill would seek to create a body, similar to Police Federations, that would represent serving personnel as employees, advocate for improvements in pay and conditions, offer support in personal and social matters, and make representations to the chain of command: although crucially, just like the Police Federation, this would not allow them to strike.

Currently, those serving are not permitted to participate in any political activity, and while membership of sectoral or interest groups is permitted, and the Service Complaints Commissioner oversees complaints made, broader service interests are represented by a patchwork of organisations, including the three service family federations, there is no single body representing the UK’s Forces service personnel.

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP said:

‘’My Bill is entirely focussed on the interests of service personnel and their families  – which I believe are best represented when they speak with one strong voice, and on issues like the 1% pay freeze, or ongoing worries about the state or service accommodation, it would be a vital step to ensure that Armed Forces personnel can improve their working and economic conditions.

‘’The worries I have heard expressed are the same across all three services and are particularly acute, with recent inflation meaning all service personnel have been experiencing what is in real terms a Tory wage cut. The UK has an excellent network of service and families charities whose sterling efforts in representing their members has not gone unnoticed – but this Bill is clearly needed.

‘’The Bill would also make a difference to conditions for serving personnel, something that many fear the Tories have simply discarded. It is imperative that the neglect that allowed for the widespread and well-documenting equipment shortages during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts must not be repeated.

“Coming from a service family – where three generations, including my father, brother and now nephew have served – I know what it feels like to worry about a loved one in conflict when there are questions around the suitability and availability of life-saving equipment: young men and women, like my nephew, serving today should not have to see the mistakes documented in the Chilcot Report, repeated – and this is why it is imperative that forces personnel can speak with one voice to ensure that issues are addressed through the chain of command swiftly and comprehensively.”

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Local MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has added his backing to a campaign to help reduce the number of young people dying from undiagnosed heart conditions.

Across the UK it’s estimated that 12 young people lose their lives each week due to undiagnosed cardiac conditions – a statistic the MP for West Dunbartonshire has described as “tragic and sobering”.

SNP MP Docherty-Hughes has joined all 59 of Scotland’s MPs in signing a pledge to support a National Strategy for the Prevention of Young Sudden Cardiac Death which it is hoped will help to save lives.

It follows a campaign by Scottish teenager Abby Lang seeking support from parliamentarians on behalf of UK charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). The group campaigns on behalf of young people diagnosed with cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to affected families.

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP said:

“Every week in the UK at least 12 young people under the age of 35 die unexpectedly due to undiagnosed heart conditions. This is a tragic and sobering statistic that is likely to actually underestimate the number of families who have lost loved ones too soon as a result of sudden cardiac death.

“Despite still being at school Abby Lang has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of this condition and is a great example of how young people in Scotland can get involved in worthwhile campaigns and make a difference.

“It’s clear the UK needs a national strategy to reduce the number of young people losing their lives unnecessary due to sudden cardiac death. I was pleased to join my colleagues at Westminster in supporting this important campaign to help save young lives.

“I would encourage anyone in West Dunbartonshire seeking further support or information on the condition to get in touch with the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).”

Further information is available online at www.c-r-y.org.uk or by calling Cardiac Risk in the Young on 01737363222.

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SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has said the Tory government “can’t be trusted with Scotland’s security” following a critical new report from the House of Commons Defence Select Committee.

The report, published today, calls on the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to use to upcoming Modernising Defence Programme (MDP) to address “the perception of inherent and intractable chaos in Defence”, and raises concerns regarding the affordability of current MoD plans, warning “The fundamental problem is that the personnel and equipment requirements…laid down in the 2015 SDSR were insufficiently funded and consequently are unaffordable under the current settlement.”

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is expected to present the findings of the MDP before next month’s NATO conference, with SNP MPs calling on the UK government to revisit the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR), after many of its strategic assumptions were changed by Brexit, and after a National Audit Office report revealed earlier this year that the MoD was facing a funding gap of up to £20billion.

Commenting, Martin Docherty-Hughes MP, SNP member of the Defence Select Committee, said:

“It is clear from the evidence the Defence Select Committee has seen that the £20billion black hole in the Ministry of Defence budget is the result of a culture of chaos, which has seen procurement decisions made without any regard as to how they would be fully funded.

“After almost a decade in power, the Tories have shown they can’t be trusted with Scotland’s security. It is time for the UK government to get back to basics, and prioritise the North Atlantic and increasing the size of a historically low Royal Navy – Brexiteer soundbites about ‘Global Britain’ ring hollow when our neighbours are increasingly worried about the UK’s ability to undertake even the most basic defence tasks.

“The Defence Committee report also adds to the weight of evidence that the out of control Trident budget is putting an unbearable strain on the conventional defence budget, which always loses out when ever more money is needed for nuclear weapons. We must prioritise our conventional defence forces, and ensure they have the equipment and support they need to do their job.”

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Martin raising a Point of Order on the EU Withdrawal Bill debate.

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP said he walked out of the House of Commons to stand up for his constituents following repeated attempts by the Tory government to silence Scotland’s voice on Brexit.

The MP for West Dunbartonshire joined the SNP’s Westminster Leader Ian Blackford MP in defence of the will of Scotland’s parliament, after the Speaker asked Mr Blackford to leave during Prime Minister’s Questions.

The SNP’s Westminster Leader had called for the House of Commons to sit in private, following the Prime Minister’s failure to bring forward emergency legislation on Brexit to ensure the Scottish Parliament’s position is considered as the UK leaves the EU.

Local MP Martin Docherty-Hughes described events in the House of Commons this week as ‘scandalous’ and said it was a democratic outrage for the people of Scotland to be ignored on Brexit.

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP said:

“The Tories have shown utter contempt for the democratic will of the Scottish Parliament and as ever it’s been left to the SNP to fight Scotland’s corner.

“The events of the past week at Westminster have been nothing less than scandalous. Scotland – and my constituents – have been silenced on Brexit, leaving us with no choice but to walk out of the House of Commons in protest at this democratic outrage.

“The Prime Minister gave a commitment that she would treat Scotland as part of a ‘union of equals’. Yet she has pressed on with this unprecedented attack on devolution in direct opposition to Scotland’s elected Parliament.

“The Tories haven’t won a democratic mandate from the people of Scotland for over 60 years, but they think they can do what they want to us and get away with it.

“The actions of the UK government are putting jobs and livelihoods at risk – I will always stand up for Scotland and the people of West Dunbartonshire in Parliament.”

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Martin alongside Liz Anderson (left) and Joanne McGinely (right) of Carers of West Dunbartonshire.

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP is set to run the Scottish Half Marathon to raise funds for local charity Carers of West Dunbartonshire.

The MP for West Dunbartonshire visited the Carers’ Centre based on Dumbarton Road to launch his fundraising campaign ahead of Carers Week 2018 which takes place 11-17 June.

Mr Docherty-Hughes will pull on his running shoes in the hope of raising £1,000 for the local community group which provides support to carers across Clydebank, Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven.

The Scottish Half Marathon takes place on 28 September 2018 with participants covering a distance of 13.1 miles. All money raised by Martin’s run will go towards supporting the work of the Carers of West Dunbartonshire.

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP said:

“The contribution carers make to our communities is priceless and I’m delighted to be running my first ever half-marathon in support of the Carers of West Dunbartonshire.

“Along with my brother and sister, I know first-hand the challenges of being a carer from a young age. Carers go that extra mile every single day, so the prospect of running 13.1 miles feels easy by comparison.

“Carers Week is a great opportunity to show appreciation for the vital work our local carers do across Clydebank, Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven and I’d encourage anyone interested to get involved.

“My fundraising page is now up and running at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/martin-docherty-hughes. Any donations, no matter how small, would be greatly appreciated with every penny raised going towards this fantastic charity.”

Joanne McGinley, Carers of West Dunbartonshire, said:

“We are delighted that Martin has chosen our charity to raise money while highlighting the challenges that carers face. Carers Week raises awareness of the contribution that carers make to families and communities. This year’s campaign focuses on supporting carers to stay healthy and connected.

“We wish Martin the best of luck in his run and appreciate his ongoing support.”

If you’d like to sponsor Martin in support of the Carers of West Dunbartonshire please visit his fundraising page online at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/martin-docherty-hughes

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Martin Docherty-Hughes MP visiting one the areas affected by the black fungus.

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP has launched a survey of local residents examining the impact of ‘whisky black’ on properties across West Dunbartonshire.

It follows concerns raised to the MP by residents about property exteriors – including homes, garden furniture and vehicles – being affected by a black fungus material.

The growth of the fungus, known as baudoinia compniacensis, is believed to be the result of the evaporation of ethanol during the whisky maturation process at local bonds and distilleries.

Mr Docherty-Hughes has written to hundreds of households across Clydebank, Dumbarton and Alexandria in an effort to shed light on the extent of the problem.

Households receiving the survey have been asked to complete and return the questionnaire to the MP for West Dunbartonshire by Friday 29th June.

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP said:

“Reports of black fungus affecting properties close to whisky maturation sites have been evident for many years now.

“It’s not a problem unique to West Dunbartonshire; however, local residents are understandably frustrated by the lack of progress in resolving the issue.

“I hold regular advice surgeries across West Dunbartonshire and one of the most common complaints I hear from constituents is the nuisance caused by ‘whisky black’.

“It affects the exterior of property including homes, garden furniture and vehicles and is notoriously difficult to clean off.

“I’ve been working closely with local residents to develop this survey which I hope will shed some light on the extent of the ‘whisky black’ problem.

“I’d be grateful if households receiving the survey could complete and return it at their earliest opportunity in to help demonstrate the impact it’s having on our communities.

“Any residents affected who haven’t received a survey can contact my office on martin.docherty.mp@parliament.uk or 0141 952 2988.”

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Martin alongside Dementia Adviser Fiona Kane at the Community Choir.

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP has highlighted the support available to families affected by dementia to mark Dementia Awareness Week 2018.

The MP for West Dunbartonshire paid a visit to the Every Voice Community Choir at St Augustine’s Church – a dementia friendly singing group organised by Clydebank-based Alzheimer Scotland.

The theme of this year’s Dementia Awareness Week, which runs from 4-11 June, is that nobody should have to go through dementia alone. The Every Voice Choir is being highlighted as an example of the many community initiatives across the country which help to support people affected by dementia.

More than 90,000 people across Scotland are living with dementia, with an estimated 1,400 people diagnosed with the condition in West Dunbartonshire.

Alzheimer Scotland provides advice and support to everyone affected by dementia, including partners, families and carers.

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP said:

“The key message from this year’s Dementia Awareness Week is that nobody should have to face dementia alone. The community choir at St Augustine’s is a great example of the work being carried in support of people affected by dementia and their families by Alzheimer Scotland.

“There’s been real progress in recent years in how we diagnose, treat and care for people affected by dementia, but it remains one of the greatest health challenges we face today. Help is available though and I’d urge any local residents seeking advice and support to get in touch.”

Fiona Kane, Dementia Adviser for Alzheimer Scotland, said:

“The community choir has become a focal point for many people with dementia, carers and former carers who tell me how important it has become for them. Not just as a place to sing but also to meet others, feel supported and to continue to feel part of a community.

“Alzheimer Scotland offer a number of informal groups and activities such as drop in cafes, an allotment group and a monthly supper club. We also encourage people to be involved in campaigning for services and support.”

For more information on dementia contact Alzheimer Scotland’s helpline on 0808 808 3000.

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