UK CHANCELLOR UNDER FIRE OVER SOARING ENERGY PRICES

Picture: MP Martin speaks out on impact of soaring energy bills in West Dunbartonshire.

West Dunbartonshire’s MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has hit out at the Tory Westminster government for ‘abandoning’ local families to hardship as April’s energy price hikes take effect.

From 1st April, the 54% rise in the energy price cap means that households face an unprecedented £700 annual rise in energy costs – with the typical household now paying almost £2,000 a year for gas and electricity. Continue reading “UK CHANCELLOR UNDER FIRE OVER SOARING ENERGY PRICES”

FOREIGN SECRETARY AGREES TO MP CALL TO MEET WITH FAMILY OF JAGTAR SINGH JOHAL

Martin has met previously with Richard Ratcliffe and continues to support the family of Dumbarton man Jagtar.

West Dunbartonshire’s MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has secured a meeting with UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss on behalf of Dumbarton man Jagtar Singh Johal who has been held in arbitrary detention in India since November 2017.

It follows the return home to the UK of British-Iranian national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who had been detained in Iran for 6 years. Continue reading “FOREIGN SECRETARY AGREES TO MP CALL TO MEET WITH FAMILY OF JAGTAR SINGH JOHAL”

COMMEMORATING 81st ANNIVERSARY OF THE CLYDEBANK BLITZ

Picture: Martin at Solidarity Plaza alongside elected members, community leaders and international representatives to commemorate the 81st anniversary of the Clydebank Blitz.

MP Martin Docherty-Hughes gathered with the community in West Dunbartonshire to commemorate the 81st anniversary of the Clydebank Blitz.

Following a memorial service led by Canon Gerry Tartaglia of St Margaret’s and Our Holy Redeemer Parishes and Reverend Gregor McIntyre of Faifley Parish Church in Clydebank, Martin joined with elected members including Council leader Jonathan McColl and Depute Provost Karen Conaghan to lay wreaths at the Polish Memorial at Solidarity Plaza and the Blitz memorial at Old Dalnottar Cemetery. Continue reading “COMMEMORATING 81st ANNIVERSARY OF THE CLYDEBANK BLITZ”

NEW MOBILE POST OFFICE SERVICE ARRIVES IN OLD KILPATRICK

Martin has been working with the Post Office to protect services for local residents in West Dunbartonshire.

Local MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has welcomed the commencement of a new Mobile Post Office service for Old Kilpatrick.

A new mobile facility postal van is being operated by the Postmaster for Johnstone, which will serve 13 locations across the West of Scotland including the village of Old Kilpatrick. Continue reading “NEW MOBILE POST OFFICE SERVICE ARRIVES IN OLD KILPATRICK”

WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE’S MP DEMANDS URGENT ACTION OVER RISING FUEL POVERTY

Local MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has called on the UK Chancellor to act over rising energy bills.

West Dunbartonshire’s MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has demanded urgent action from the UK government to tackle rising energy costs, as new figures show that more than 40 per cent of local households could be facing fuel poverty from April.

Figures released by the Energy Action Scotland charity show that 41 per cent of people living in West Dunbartonshire will soon be spending more than 10 per cent of their income on energy – the official definition of fuel poverty.

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COMMENT: CONDEMNING PUTIN’S WAR IN UKRAINE

Like many in Clydebank and across West Dunbartonshire, my thoughts have been with the people of Ukraine as they face the tyranny and aggression of the Russian regime’s latest military onslaught.

As I write this, Ukrainians have faced consecutive days of bombing as tanks roll-in following the full-scale invasion launched by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. Continue reading “COMMENT: CONDEMNING PUTIN’S WAR IN UKRAINE”