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This Week #6


Monday (8th February 2016)

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Tuesday (9th February 2016)

On Tuesday, Marion had a busy day at Westminster undertaking parliamentary meetings and attending a variety of meetings, including being present at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Steel and Metal Related Industry meeting.

 


Wednesday (10th February 2016)

As usual Wednesday morning saw Marion attend the weekly meeting of the Education Select Committee.

Later in the day, the Motherwell and Wishaw MP appeared on the BBC’s Politics Scotland show to discuss the new fiscal framework for Scotland. A video of the segment can viewed on Marion’s Facebook page.

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Thursday (11th February 2016)

Thursday boasted another busy day of meetings, briefings and parliamentary duties. In contrast to Marion’s nationwide appearance on live television the previous day, Thursday resulted in the MP spending the majority of the day working hard within the confines of the House of Commons estate!

 


Friday (12th February 2016)

On Friday, Marion was back in the constituency working from her office in Motherwell. The day brought with it a number of meetings with local people and organisations.

Marion and Clare Adamson MSP were also delighted to meet with Chief Superintendent Roddy Irvine, the new Divisional Commander for Lanarkshire who will be based at the division’s headquarters at Motherwell Police Office.

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Earlier in the day, some of Marion’s constituency office staff were at Theo’s Cafe in the Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre to offer assistance and information on the MP’s behalf. This is a monthly surgery which takes place in the same venue on the second Friday of each month and anyone living locally with a concern they wish to raise or a question they wish to ask is encouraged to attend in the coming months.

 


Saturday (13th February 2016)

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Yesterday I was invited to speak on Politics Scotland on the new fiscal framework for Scotland.

During the referendum, Scotland was promised more financial control and powers. As well as falling short of the Vow, the new powers proposed by the Tory Government would leave Scotland worse off. This directly conflicts with the guidelines set out by the Smith Commission which was set up to determine which powers Scotland should receive.

The Scottish Government will not accept plans which would inflict further Tory cuts on Scotland and our public services.

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This Week #5


Monday (1st February 2016)

Marion spent the early stages of Monday in London attending parliamentary briefings and meetings before being present in the Chamber for a debate on financial regulatory bodies.

Marion’s comments followed on from her adjournment debate on the changes to the Strathclyde Mining Group’s pensions last week, and can be read in full here.

Monday also saw Marion receive an answer to the written question on WASPI she had submitted last week:

Marion had asked:

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support his Department has made available to women born in the 1950s who are affected by recent changes in the age at which they become eligible for the state pension.

Mr Shailesh Vera MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions), provided a response which, although appreciated, failed to answer the question:

Working age benefits are available for those who have not yet reached State Pension age. A concession of £1.1bn was made, and 81% of those affected will see a delay of one year or less; and for the rest, the delay will be no more than 18 months. There are no plans for further transitional arrangements.

 


Tuesday (2nd February 2016)

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Tuesday brought with it another number of parliamentary meetings and duties, prior to Marion attending the meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Carers.

 


Wednesday (3rd February 2016)

The Education Select Committee met on Wednesday morning as usual, before Marion undertook various parliamentary duties over the course of the day.

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Marion also took the opportunity to highlight some of the constituency’s latest good news by submitting three Early Day Motions:

 


Thursday (4th February 2016)

On Thursday, Marion was in attendance at the latest meeting of the Scottish Government’s Steel Task Force in order to discuss the latest developments in the ongoing battle to save Scotland’s steel industry.

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Thursday was also World Cancer Day – Marion met with representatives from four of the UK’s leading cancer charities who are working together to unite the nation and help transform the lives of millions of people who are affected by cancer.

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World Cancer Day 2016

Collectively Cancer Research UK, Breast Cancer Care, Anthony Nolan and the Movember Foundation support millions of people every year through their individual work in the prevention, detection, treatment and support of those affected by cancer.

 


Friday (6th February 2016)

On Friday morning, Marion was delighted to meet with Wale Olabamiji of the Ethnic Minorities Law Centre. Wale was visiting the constituency to provide cultural awareness training for members of Marion’s team to ensure that the office is able to provide as efficient a service as possible to all residents of Motherwell and Wishaw, regardless of their cultural background.

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Marion & Wale of the EMLC.

The Ethnic Minorities Law Centre provides legal advice and representation to individuals from Scotland’s Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities, as well as providing training and second-tier advice to the Citizens Advice Bureau and other advice agencies across the country. In addition to casework for clients and training for advice agencies in their specialist areas of law, the EMLC also operates telephone advice lines, awareness-raising sessions and workshops for young people.

As it was the first Friday of the month, Marion spent the afternoon attending surgery appointments with local people in order to provide assistance in any issues they may have.

 


Saturday (7th February 2016)

Like Friday, Saturday was also a day for holding surgeries in the constituency for Marion. The Motherwell and Wishaw MP was at Wishaw Library to meet local people and discuss their concerns.

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I was delighted to meet with Wale Olabamiji of the Ethnic Minorities Law Centre in my constituency office today.

Wale was visiting the constituency to provide cultural awareness training for members of my team to ensure that my office is able to provide as efficient a service as possible to all residents of Motherwell and Wishaw, regardless of their cultural background.

The Ethnic Minorities Law Centre provides legal advice and representation to individuals from Scotland’s Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities, as well as providing training and second-tier advice to the Citizens Advice Bureau and other advice agencies across the country. In addition to casework for clients and training for advice agencies in their specialist areas of law, the EMLC also operates telephone advice lines, awareness-raising sessions and workshops for young people.

For more information on all the services the EMLC provides and how to contact them, check out the Ethnic Minorities Law Centre website (emlc.org.uk).

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EDM 1061: Motherwell Dementia Garden

Motherwell Dementia Garden
Session: 2015-16
Date tabled: 20.01.2016
Primary sponsor: Marion Fellows
Sponsors: Deidre Brock, Drew Hendry, John McNally, Martin Docherty, Phil Boswell

That this House recognises the hard work of NHS Lanarkshire’s Motherwell Community Mental Health Team for Older People and the work of local people and businesses that have also contributed to the project with practical help, fundraising and donations, in completing Motherwell’s Dementia Garden which is designed to bring those in the local community affected by dementia and their loved ones together, providing a space for interaction; commends the creation of a safe and stimulating environment that promotes wellbeing, reduces stigma and increases social inclusion and that has placed Motherwell at the forefront of catering to dementia sufferers’ needs; and welcomes the work of those involved in tackling the challenges and stigma of dementia.

Full details including all signatures available by clicking here.

Early Day Motions (EDMs) are formal motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons. However, very few are actually debated. EDMs allow MPs to draw attention to an event or cause. MPs register their support by signing individual motions.

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EDM 1060: Wishaw General Hospital Midwife Award Nomination

Wishaw General Hospital Midwife Award Nomination
Session: 2015-16
Date tabled: 02.02.2016
Primary sponsor: Marion Fellows
Sponsors: Deidrie Brock, Drew Hendry, John McNally, Martin Docherty, Neil Gray

That this House welcomes the news that midwives of ward 23 in Wishaw General Hospital have been implementing a post-delivery debriefing project using the method of teach back which ensures that mothers’ personal needs are understood and fulfilled during the birthing process and that mothers understand their personal birthing process; congratulates the midwives on being shortlisted for the Better Births category of the Royal College of Midwives’ Annual Midwifery Awards for the work they have been doing in their field; and recognises the importance of their pioneering project in educating mothers about their labour ensuring that mothers have a clearer understanding of their and their baby’s health.

Full details including all signatures available by clicking here.

Early Day Motions (EDMs) are formal motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons. However, very few are actually debated. EDMs allow MPs to draw attention to an event or cause. MPs register their support by signing individual motions.

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EDM 1059: Motherwell & Wishaw Police Excellence Award

Motherwell & Wishaw Police Excellence Award
Session: 2015-16
Date tabled: 02.02.2016
Primary sponsor: Marion Fellows
Sponsors: Drew Hendry, John McNally, Phil Boswell, Paul Monaghan, Neil Gray

That this House congratulates the Motherwell and Wishaw Police Scotland division on their success in winning the award for Greatest Contribution to Policing Priorities at the first-ever Scottish Policing Excellence Awards for their You’re Asking For It campaign to combat the illegal supply of alcohol to minors and underage drinking; recognises the important work that they undertake and commitment they show in keeping communities safe from violence and anti-social behaviour; and wishes them well in all their future tasks to keep the people of Motherwell and Wishaw safe.

Full details including all signatures available by clicking here.

Early Day Motions (EDMs) are formal motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons. However, very few are actually debated. EDMs allow MPs to draw attention to an event or cause. MPs register their support by signing individual motions.

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This Week #4


Monday (25th January 2016)

On Monday, Marion met with Ziggi Shipper, Susan Pollack and Janine Webber – Holocaust survivors and members of the Holocaust Educational Trust – during the Education Select Committee‘s report into Holocaust education.

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Marion with members of the Holocaust Educational Trust.

The Holocaust Educational Trust aim to educate young people from every background about the Holocaust and the important lessons to be learned for today to prevent genocide and human rights abuses.

Marion also met with members of the End Child Poverty campaign who were at Westminster to ask MPs and Peers to protect vulnerable children by voting against changes to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill.

In the evening, Westminster Hall was the scene for an adjournment debate secured by Marion on the changes to the pensions of the Strathclyde Mining Group. During the debate, Marion was able to question Harriet Baldwin, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, on the changes and the role the Financial Ombudsman has played in the transition.

You can read Marion’s speech in its entirety and the response from Ms Baldwin online here.

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Marion meets members of the Strathclyde Mining Group.

 

 

 

 

 


Tuesday (26th January 2016)

Tuesday was a busy day of parliamentary activity for Marion, including briefings, whip duties, and the meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Steel and Metal Related Industry Group. In the evening, Marion was present at the SNP Group’s weekly meeting.

 


Wednesday (27th January 2016)

Marion’s Wednesday began with the usual weekly meeting of the Education Select Committee in the morning, during which the committee discussed Sir Martin Narey‘s review of children’s residential care. This was followed by an afternoon of meetings and preparations for future parliamentary business.

Back home in the constituency, Marion’s team delivered donations on her behalf to the Lanarkshire Basics Foodbank at the Motherwell Baptist Church. The team also held a two hour surgery at the church, in order to help people with any issues they may have been having.

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Conor sorts through the foodbank donations.

Staff at the foodbank said the most common reason for using their services was as a result of benefit sanctions which continue to leave people without enough to feed themselves and, in a number of cases, their children. Marion is keen to make surgeries at local foodbanks a common occurrence in order to help those who are forced to use such services in whatever way she can.

 


Thursday (28th January 2016)

On Thursday, Marion took the opportunity to table three questions over the course of the day, beginning with raising the subject of the recent Volkswagen scandal with Mr Patrick McLoughlin, the Secretary of State for Transport.

Marion asked Mr McLoughlin:

What discussions has the Secretary of State or the Vehicle Certification Agencyhad with Volkswagen to ensure that the UK taxpayer is not out of pocket for the re-testing of Volkswagen vehicles following the recent scandal?

The Secretary of State for Transport’s response was:

I refer the hon. Lady to the response I gave to Dr Cameron. Discussions on this particular matter are ongoing. I have taken the issue up in meetings with Volkswagen, which I believe appeared before the Transport Select Committee earlier this week.

The Motherwell and Wishaw MP was also keen to question Mr Robert Goodwill, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department for Transport, about the high-speed rail network.

Marion posed the following to Mr Goodwill:

The Minister will recall that he was previously asked by my hon. Friend Alan Brown about the potential for increased journey times north of Crewe to Scotland under the current proposals for HS2. At the time, he suggested that upgrades on the line were already underway. Therefore, will he now commit to providing the Scottish Government with a definitive timetable for those upgrades?

Mr Goodwill replied:

I can tell the hon. Lady that HS2 will deliver increased benefits to Scotland. From day one, journey times from Glasgow will be reduced from four hours 31 minutes to three hours 56 minutes. Indeed, the full Y network will benefit Scotland to the tune of £3 billion. Interestingly, she does not mention Nicola Sturgeon’s own bullet train, the Glasgow-Edinburgh scheme, which she announced as infrastructure Minister in 2012. It appears that Scotland’s First Minister has now given her bullet train the bullet.

Later in the day, Marion attended the Westminster Hall debate on in-work poverty, giving a summing up on the issue which can be read in full here.

Marion’s contribution to the debate concluded with the following:

This debate has shown that, again, there are real issues that Opposition Members are very keen that the Government should change track on. Whether they will listen I doubt, but it is very important for our constituents that the Government understand the real damage that they are doing to families, especially children and women, with this move. To ask a family to lose £1,300 to £1,600 a year when they are already on minimum wage and have no hope of getting more money is nothing short of disgraceful. It is totally abhorrent, and I hope that the Government will think again about introducing the cuts that they are proposing in April this year.