Monday (21st March 2016)
Tuesday (22nd March 2016)
On Tuesday, Marion was busy in London with a day of parliamentary duties and meetings, including that of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Financial Education for Young People.
Wednesday (23rd March 2016)
Wednesday brought with it the weekly meeting of the Education Select Committee, focussing on social work reform. This was also the day the Huffington Post published a fantastic guest blog written by Marion on the lack of visible older women in public life, in which the MP discussed her new All Party Parliamentary Group set up to combat the issue:
As a women who entered politics later in life I want to encourage other women to realise their full potential and help others to get involved in public life. Women have a wealth of experience and expertise but unfortunately we are less likely to put our head above the parapet.
That’s why I decided to set up the All Party Parliamentary Group on Encouraging Older Women in Public Life to raise awareness of the skill-level and experience that older women can bring to organisations and campaigns.
Women over 50 make up 19% of society but this isn’t reflected in public life – there is a dearth of older women on TV and radio and we are under-represented on local authorities, in Parliament and in other public arenas. The life skills older women have to offer greatly enrich public life and helping more women into these areas of influence will help to truly reflect our society.
Later in the day, Marion took part in a Westminster Hall debate on enforcing the National Minimum Wage for those who work in the care sector.
Thursday (24th March 2016)
On Thursday, the news that Scottish Government Energy Minister Fergus Ewing had secured a deal with Liberty House to buy and operate the Dalzell and Clydebridge steelworks was confirmed. The Scottish Steel Task Force, of which Marion was a committed member, had worked tirelessly over the last few months to find a buyer.
Friday (25th March 2016)
Friday marked the beginning of the parliament’s Easter Recess which will run until the House returns on the 11th of April. Marion returned home from London in time to speak at the SNP Youth‘s band night at Jack Daniels, endorsing Clare Adamson for the Motherwell and Wishaw seat in May’s Scottish elections and #BothVotesSNP.