Martin Docherty-Hughes


Martin Docherty-Hughes
Official portrait of Martin Docherty-Hughes crop 2.jpg
Official portrait, 2017
Member of Parliament
for West Dunbartonshire
Assumed office
7 May 2015
Preceded byGemma Doyle
Majority9,553 (21.2%)
Personal details
Martin John Docherty

(1971-01-21) 21 January 1971 (age 50)
Clydebank, Scotland
Political partyScottish National Party
Alma materGlasgow Metropolitan College
University of Essex
Glasgow School of Art

Martin John Docherty-Hughes (born 21 January 1971)[1] is a Scottish National Party politician. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for West Dunbartonshire since 2015.

Early life and education

Docherty-Hughes was raised by his parents in Clydebank, and began working from the age of 16.[2] He studied at the Glasgow College of Food Technology, now City of Glasgow College, graduating with an HND in Business Administration in 1997.[2] He subsequently obtained a degree in Politics from the University of Essex and attended the Glasgow School of Art for his master's degree.[2] On finishing his studies Martin returned to Clydebank and worked for a decade for the West Dunbartonshire Community and Volunteering Services (WDCVS).[2]

Political career

He joined the Scottish National Party in 1991, and was elected the following year as Scotland's youngest councillor to the-then Clydebank District Council in May 1992, at the age of 21, until 31 March 1996.[3] He was elected to the third seat of the Anderston/City ward of the Glasgow City Council on 3 May 2012 polling 1,057 votes and 19.9% and exceeding the quota on the second count, becoming a Bailie until 14 May 2015.

In February 2015, he was selected as the SNP candidate for the West Dunbartonshire constituency in the 2015 UK general election.[4] He defeated incumbent Gemma Doyle, winning 30,198 votes and 59% of the vote.[5][6] As a consequence of his election to Parliament, he stepped down from his position on Glasgow City Council.

He changed his name from Docherty to Docherty-Hughes after getting married in January 2016.[7]


  1. ^ Brunskill, Ian (19 March 2020). The Times guide to the House of Commons 2019 : the definitive record of Britain's historic 2019 General Election. p. 179. ISBN 978-0-00-839258-1. OCLC 1129682574.
  2. ^ a b c d Hannah, Martin (4 June 2015). "Meet your new Scottish MPs: #19 Martin Docherty West Dunbartonshire". The National. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  3. ^ Profile,; accessed 23 June 2016.
  4. ^ "SNP candidate ready for election 'battle'". Dumbarton Reporter. 10 February 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  5. ^ "List of Members returned to Parliament at the General Election 2015 Scotland". The Edinburgh Gazette. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  6. ^ SNP wins West Dunbartonshire,; accessed 8 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Connecting People Through News". Retrieved 7 October 2018.

External links

  • Personal website
  • Profile on SNP website
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament
for West Dunbartonshire