Monday (14th March 2016)
Tuesday (15th March 2016)
On Tuesday, Marion undertook a busy day of parliamentary duties & activities in London.
Marion was also in attendance at a moving service to mark the 75th anniversary of the Clydebank Blitz, held at the Palace of Westminster. The Right Rev Dr Angus Morrison, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, delivered a sermon at the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft, having been invited to do so by Marion’s SNP colleague Martin Docherty-Hughes MP.
The West Dunbartonshire MP grew up in Clydebank and commented:
The Clydebank blitz was a tragedy on a huge scale and a great many of the men, women and children who survived drew strength from their faith to help them cope with such a catastrophic loss and horrific trauma.
Wednesday (16th March 2016)
The weekly Education Select Committee meeting took place on Wednesday, discussing social work reform. For the rest of the day, Marion was engaged in a number of parliamentary meetings.
Thursday (17th March 2016)
Thursday marked the day the UK Government forced further cuts to Scotland’s budgets with George Osborne announcing his Spring budget in the Main Chamber. Without the proper powers to change the rate of income tax for the differing tax brackets, any increase to income tax would result in the lowest earners paying the price for Tory austerity.
Friday (18th March 2016)
At the weekend it was announced at Spring Conference that Marion would be named the SNP Pensioners Champion for the Scottish Parliamentary Elections. Marion spent time recording a video which was released online on Friday.
On Friday afternoon, Marion visited Central Mosque in Bellshill to hold a surgery to allow local people to seek assistance with their issues. The surgery was a success with a number of constituents now receiving help and information from Marion and her constituency office staff. As an MP who is committed to helping the people of Motherwell and Wishaw, it is hoped that this surgery – and further surgeries elsewhere – will become a regular fixture. Check Marion’s website for any future updates on this.
To round off Marion’s day back in the constituency, the MP was on hand to lend her support to St Andrew’s Hospice. As an Ambassador for the hospice, Marion is challenging local communities to put on their walking shoes and join her for the Ladies Midnight Walk.
St. Andrew’s Hospice is Lanarkshire’s only specialist hospice which provides specialist care services to patients from across Lanarkshire with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. It is a very special place which recognises the need to provide support for patients, their families and carers. The hospice is an independent charity who provide this service completely free of charge. To maintain these vital care services the Fundraising Team has to raise £65,000 each week.