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MARTIN DOCHERTY-HUGHES MP BACKS REFUGEE FAMILY REUNION BILL

MARTIN DOCHERTY-HUGHES MP BACKS REFUGEE FAMILY REUNION BILL

West Dunbartonshire’s MP has added his backing to a Private Members’ Bill which would allow more refugee families to be reunited in safety in the UK. The Refugee Family Reunion Bill, published this week at Westminster by SNP MP Angus MacNeil, seeks to support refugee families who are fleeing conflict and persecution. Local MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has pledged to support the campaign to reunite refugee families when the Bill is heard in parliament on 16th March. The Private Members’ Bill,…

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PIP Assessments

PIP Assessments

Both the UK Government’s PIP and ESA process is inherently flawed, and the whole system of disability assessments needs a complete overhaul. According to Scottish Government data from Oct 2017, around 30,000 disabled people could lose entitlement to non-means tested disability benefits due to re-assessment to from DLA to PIP. According to DWP figures from Dec 2017, one in five claimants who had gone through mandatory reconsideration for PIP had their aware changed – meaning 20% of initial decisions were…

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Carers Allowance and Pensioners

Carers Allowance and Pensioners

Pensioners in Scotland and across the UK make an enormous contribution to our care system. The contribution that carers make to our society is priceless. It’s only right that they are duly valued and properly supported. The SNP Scottish Government have taken number of actions to support carers. The Scottish Government will use new social security powers coming to the Scottish Parliament to boost cares’ incomes. I’m proud to say that from next summer onwards, Carer’s Allowance will be increased…

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WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE CHARITIES URGED TO APPLY FOR FUNDING

WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE CHARITIES URGED TO APPLY FOR FUNDING

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, is urging local charities and community groups to apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000 from the People’s Postcode Lottery. Projects in West Dunbartonshire have been successful in applying for over £75,000 of grant awards in recent years, including £18,500 for Glasgow Fever Basketball Club, £1,950 for Loch Lomond Rowing Club and £19,888 for ENABLE Scotland The latest funding rounds for the People’s Postcode Trust, Postcode Trust, Postcode Local Trust and Postcode Community…

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FAMILY OF SCOT DETAINED IN INDIA MARK 100 DAYS SINCE ARREST

FAMILY OF SCOT DETAINED IN INDIA MARK 100 DAYS SINCE ARREST

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has joined the family of Jagtar Singh Johal, a 31 year old Scot detained in India, to mark 100 days since his arrest. Jagtar, a Scottish Sikh from Dumbarton, has been held in Punjab since 4 November 2017. The arrest came two weeks after Jagtar, also known as ‘Jaggi’, travelled to India from Scotland for his wedding. This week marks 100 days that Jagtar has been held without charge. His family continue to campaign…

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Refugee Family Reunion Bill

Refugee Family Reunion Bill

The topic of refugee family reunification is one raised with me frequently by constituents. The Refugee Family Reunion Bill to be debated on 16 March 2018 was introduced to Parliament as a Private Members Bill by my SNP colleague Angus Brendan MacNeil. The SNP fully support this Bill, and our MPs will attend the debate to support its passing to the next stage in the Parliamentary process. The SNP has been and will continue to be at the forefront of…

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MARTIN DOCHERTY-HUGHES MP BACKS ‘SAVE OUR SCOTCH’ CAMPAIGN

MARTIN DOCHERTY-HUGHES MP BACKS ‘SAVE OUR SCOTCH’ CAMPAIGN

SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has added his backing to a campaign in support of workers in the Scotch whisky industry. The ‘Save Our Scotch’ campaign, led by the Unite Union, has been launched in response to concerns that whisky jobs in Scotland are at risk from outsourcing oversees. Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) highlighting the campaign and calling for cross-party support to ensure that whisky industry jobs remain in Scotland. Under current…

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Driverless Cars and Climate Change

Driverless Cars and Climate Change

I’ve received a number of campaign emails seeking my views on the issue of driverless cars and climate change. Vehicle insurance policies must be set up in a way to make it easy to facilitate automated vehicles in the future, and the recent Automated Vehicles Bill worked to ensure that this is the case. SNP MPs are, however, concerned about the potential costs to policyholders, and contention over liability between manufacturers and insurers. It is incredibly important that in the…

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