This Week #28

27th July 2016

18th – 24th July 2016


On Monday, the day was dominated by the debate on whether the UK government should spend billions of pounds on the country’s inhumane nuclear deterrent. Marion, just like 55 of Scotland’s 56 MPs, voted against the prospect.

The Motherwell and Wishaw MP was also on hand to deliver an impromptu speech at the Anti Trident Rally in Parliament Square:



Wednesday was a busy day at Parliament with meetings, briefings, Prime Minister’s Questions and the Education Select Committee meeting.


On Thursday, Marion was present in the Chamber for questions on Women and Equalities, asking the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Works Pensions:

I welcome the Minister, a former colleague on the Education Select Committee, to her position. She will be aware of the Government’s long-promised Work and Health programme and of how disabled people are still awaiting publication of the Green Paper to map out what employment support will be made available for those with disabilities. Does she agree that her Government must now map out the timeline for publication and ensure that sufficient funding is made available for disabled people, who have borne the brunt of Tory austerity cuts?

Caroline Nokes MP replied:

I thank the hon. Lady for her welcome. I very much enjoyed our time together on the Select Committee. She is absolutely right that we will publish a Green Paper to engage with disability groups and disabled individuals in order to build a strategy that works for them. It is critical that we get more disabled people into work. I spent some time before the general election as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the then Minister for Disabled People, and I know how hard he worked to promote the Disability Confident campaign and to ensure good examples of companies we could champion for showing that employing disabled people was good not only for disabled people but for the economy and individual companies.