Monday (18th January 2016)
Tuesday (19th January 2016)
On Tuesday, Marion attended the inaugural meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Infant Feeding before being present in the Main Chamber for Treasury Questions. Although time ran out before Marion got a chance to ask her question, she was provided with a written answer from the Treasury.
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take fiscal steps to support exports by SMEs.
The written response from David Gauke, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, was:
The government has provided significant support to first time exporters, many of whom are Small and Medium Enterprises. A significant package was announced at Autumn Statement 2014, and funding for this initiative was continued at Spending Review 2015.
Marion also submitted two Early Day Motions – an EDM to raise concerns over the use of agency workers who are often not afforded the same rights in the workplace as in-house staff, and an EDM to congratulate four local groups in being awarded grants by Awards for All Scotland.
Later in the day, Marion provided a winding-up speech in a Westminster Hall debate on Cancer Drugs. The transcript of Marion’s full speech can be found on the House of Commons Hansard website. In the evening, Marion attended the weekly SNP Westminster Group meeting.
Tuesday was also an eventful day back home in Marion’s Motherwell & Wishaw constituency office with two interns, Anna and Conor, joining the team.
Wednesday (20th January 2016)
Wednesday began with Marion’s usual presence at the weekly meeting of the Education Select Committee before she attended Prime Minister’s Questions. Following PMQs, Marion remained in the Main Chamber in order to hear Owen Thompson MP‘s bill to prevent the transportation of nuclear weapons through Scottish towns and village.
In the evening, Marion attended a meeting arranged by the University of the West of Scotland and an event arranged by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Skills & Employment.
Thursday (21st January 2016)
Marion’s Thursday was focussed almost entirely on the issue of steel, spending the majority of her time at Parliament in the Westminster Hall attending the debate on the future of the UK steel industry.
Marion was an active participant in the debate, giving a fantastic speech on the issue from a Lanarkshire perspective.
Marion was also keen to join with fellow SNP MPs in urging people to sign a petition calling for the rape clause to be scrapped. The UK Government’s current proposals would require a woman, who has a third child as the result of rape, to justify her position in order to avoid losing tax credits. The plan to restrict child tax credits to just two children for new claimants is due to commence in 2017 and is part of the Conservatives wider austerity agenda.
Friday (22nd January 2016)
On Friday Marion was back working in the constituency with a busy day of meetings with local people and organisations.This included a very worthwhile meeting with Bernadette Murphy of the Lanarkshire Baby Bank to discuss the project’s future plans for vulnerable babies and young children in the community.