Martin Docherty Hughes on his feet in the Commons and backing up First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at Westminster.

By Bill Heaney

He doesn’t live in the constituency any longer, but Martin Docherty-Hughes, the sitting MP for West Dunbartonshire, was born in 1971 and raised in Clydebank. He will be the SNP candidate on December 12.

Working from the age of 16, Martin joined the SNP in 1991 being elected as Scotland’s youngest councillor to the then Clydebank District Council in 1992 at the age of 21. Martin eventually returned to education graduating from GCFT , now Glasgow Met, with a HND in Business Administration in 1997, earning his Politics degree from University of Essex and in 2004, attended the Glasgow School of Art to undertake his Masters Degree.

On finishing his studies Martin came home to Clydebank and spent over a decade working for West Dunbartonshire Community and Volunteering Services, supporting and developing West Dunbartonshire’s community and volunteering organisations. In 2014, Martin joined the national body for volunteering, Volunteer Scotland as the National Policy Advisor.

Martin continued to be involved in the frontline of politics returning to local government as an SNP councillor to Glasgow City Council in 2012 till his election to the U.K. Parliament in May 2015.

Martin is the only Scottish constituency M.P. member of the UK Parliament Defence Select Committee and is the SNP Spokesperson on Industries of the Future & Blockchain.

Martin is the Vice Chair of the following All Parliamentary Party Groups Ireland, and Blockchain. Martin lives with his husband and two whippets.

The Labour Party candidate fighting to serve the people of West Dunbartonshire is Clydebank-reared Jean Anne Mitchel, and the Tory candidate is Alix Mathieson, a 28-year-old mother of two.

Only one of the six candidates lives in West Dunbartonshire. Andrew Muir, who will run as an Independent, is listed as a resident of Dumbarton.

Mr Muir, who campaigns on mental health issues, has clashed with the SNP councillors in Dumbarton on a number of issues.

Full details of polling stations can be found at West Dunbartonshire Council’s website.

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