Reminder: Funding Information Event



As I’ve mentioned already here on my website, this Friday, in conjunction with Big Lottery Fund Scotland Lanarkshire Team – I am holding a Funding Information Event!

When: Friday 24th March – from 11AM until 2PM!

Where: Craig Suite, Dalziel Building, Motherwell, ML1 1PN

Who: SportScotland, The Robertson Trust, Children In Need, Tesco and the Lanarkshire Big Lottery Team themselves!

SO – why not pop along! This event is an opportunity for Community Groups to meet Face to Face with a selection of Funding Organisations to get support and guidance!

We will also have available Application Forms and Information Literature for other Community Grant Funders who could help!

We are keen that this event is seen not only as an Information Event but as a Networking Opportunity for Organisations doing amazing work right across our communities!

This truly is an event for everyone! Looking forward to seeing you there!


This Week #45

27th February – 5th March 2017

On Monday, Marion was back to London for another busy week as the Member of Parliament for Motherwell and Wishaw.

On Tuesday, Marion undertook a busy day of parliamentary duties, meetings, and briefings, as well as speaking during the debate on Intergenerational Fairness in the Chamber:

Wednesday brought with it the usual Education Select Committee and Prime Minister’s Questions, as well as a chance for Marion to meet Harry Potter actor Jason Isaacs as part of the Marie Curie ‘Make Every Daffodil Count’ campaign – helping provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness.

The Motherwell and Wishaw MP encourages local people to help the charity raise more money than ever before by simply giving a donation and wearing a Marie Curie daffodil pin, available from volunteers across the country, or Superdrug, Spar and Poundworld stores, during March. Morrisons supermarkets will also be holding GDA fundraising collections on 10, 11 & 12 March.

The charity is also calling on more people to help with local collections. Volunteering a couple hours of your time will make such a difference to the care and support that Marie Curie can provide.” For more information about volunteering for a local collection call 0800 304 7025 or

On Thursday, Marion delivered a fantastic speech for International Women’s Day, drawing both laughter and reflection:

I have been absolutely inspired by what I have heard this afternoon. In fact, I have rewritten my speech a good deal as I have been sitting here, but I am going to do the one that I originally started with. When I was asked to take part in the debate, I was also asked whether I could give the perspective of an older woman. I resisted for all of about 10 seconds, because I have now fully embraced my age.

A mother gives her child the best future she possibly can. She teaches her children what her mother taught her. My mother was born in 1919 and was an intelligent, caring woman who only wanted what was best for her three daughters, but she was raised in a time when men ruled. One of her favourite expressions to me was, “Marion, hen, don’t argue with your father. Just know that you’re right.” I could never take that advice and I frequently argued with my father, but I could only actually do that when only he and I were there, because he still had to be seen as the man of the house, and as untouchable and unarguable with it.

My husband was raised by his mother and four older sisters, although women are still a complete mystery to him. His mother insisted that George did not have to do any housework. Why should he? He had four sisters; I have heard frequently over the past 46 years how they felt about that. Many years later, he actually said to our daughter, “Rachel, why haven’t you tidied up?” My daughter said, “Why haven’t you asked my brothers that?” And he said, “Because you’re a girl.” I am not denigrating my husband—I actually asked him whether it was alright to tell these stories, because he knew I was going to do it anyway—but I just want to point out how much progress has been made in this regard. My husband would be horrified and absolutely heartbroken if his granddaughters did not receive equal opportunities and pay, and equality across the board. This is how progress has been made. It has not been easy and it is still ongoing work, but we have made progress in the Fellows household.

I have personally been discriminated against in my lifetime. I secured an exciting new job setting up jobcentres across the east coast of Scotland in 1974. When I phoned to confirm the final arrangements for starting, I mentioned I was pregnant and was told, “Goodbye.” I never started that job. It is vital that the kinds of tests that I had to face are never, ever revisited. Although there are laws to protect us, it is attitudes that matter, and attitudes have to change.

When I started working, I actually got equal pay with the men I worked alongside in Midlothian County Council. However, when I was a councillor in 2012, before I entered this place, I found myself on a member-officer working group on equal pay. The women on North Lanarkshire Council who did the best and worst jobs—home support assistants, lollipop women and all that—had fought for 10 years, but only when they went to a woman lawyer, Carol Fox, was their claim finally made. That should not happen.

I realise that I do not have much time left, but the one thing I want to say is that this is not about me, my family or the UK. I went to last night, and I want to say, here and now, that I fully support its “Poverty is Sexist” campaign. It is vital that we educate women across the world. I quote the African proverb:

“If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family” and a nation. Let us do that. Please Minister, let us make sure that there is absolutely no cut to what we give to women internationally.

Marion was back in the constituency on Friday, hosting her monthly surgeries in her Dalziel Building office. Beforehand, though, Marion attended the Dementia Friends Training session at Alzheimer Scotland to meet the volunteers and trainers helping those suffering from Dementia in our local communities.

Marion was also able to take the opportunity on Friday to announce her newest initiative – joining the Lanarkshire Big Lottery Team to host a Funding Event later in the month.

On Saturday, Marion was present at Wishaw Library for another drop-in surgery, before heading to Edinburgh for the Scottish Government’s International Women’s Day celebrations.


This Week: Recess Review

16th September – 9th October 2016

The UK Parliament is an incredibly busy place when it is in session. However, there are often recesses throughout the year. From the 16th of September to the 9th of October, the Parliament was in its conference recess hence why, if you keep an eye on what Marion’s up to through the “This Week” feature, you’d have perhaps noticed no updates over the past few weeks!

Of course, this doesn’t mean that the Motherwell & Wishaw MP has been sitting with her feet up in front the telly! Far from it – Marion has been incredibly busy over the past weeks working hard on casework in her Dalziel Building office, planning for the coming months back at Westminster, and being out and about in the constituency, talking to local people, assisting with issues, and meeting local charities, organisations, and businesses.

Here are some of the highlights from a busy three weeks back in North Lanarkshire:


Marion was delighted to meet with residents and friends of Glenview Court and the volunteers of Befriend Motherwell in September.

Important community focused organisations like these contribute so much to peoples’ lives and the MP was keen to urge people to volunteer if they can. If you wish to do so call 01698 440180.

The services they provide to tackle loneliness are particularly important to the elderly community who gain so much support from Befriend Motherwell.

Marion is extremely pleased that they have been awarded Big Lottery Funding to continue their extensive programme to support and bring the elderly community together.


Many low income families across Scotland have experienced major difficulties with their tax credit payments as a result of Concentrix’s shambolic handling of cases.

As a result, these families, already struggling, have been put under more and more pressure. This is unacceptable. People rely on these payments for their financial security.

Many families have had their tax credits stopped for a variety of bizarre reasons which have no basis in reality or logic. For example, one victim of Concentrix’s mishandling was accused of living with their neighbour’s ex-wife.

Following sustained pressure from the SNP benches, the UK Government are now intervening on this urgent matter which must be extremely distressing to many families. I am glad that the contract with Concentrix will not be renewed.

I am appealing to constituents to get in touch with my office if they their tax credits have been stopped or even if they have an issue with any other matter. Local people need to know that there is someone in their community to fight for them when the UK Government and their departments won’t listen.

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Marion was pleased to attend the McMillan Coffee morning hosted by Made 4U in ML2.

It was lovely to have a cuppa and a blether with the local community for such a worthy cause!

Thanks go to Claire McCormack and her team Andrew, Elaine and Nicole who organised the event.


dal6Marion was delighted to join her colleagues from the Scottish Steel Task Force as well as trade unions, steelworkers and others at the formal opening of the Dalzell Steelworks in Motherwell.

Thanks to the hard work of the Scottish Government, a future has been forged for steel in Scotland. The works will continue to provide a number of jobs to the community and allow workers to continue making world class steel products.

A big well done is due to all those involved in saving this iconic industry.

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Marion was keen to get involved with Slosh Across North Lanarkshire, the council’s campaign to raise funds and awareness for the British Transport Games, taking place between 27th and 30th July 2017.

Not only did Marion take the opportunity to show off her dancing skills, but she was also keen to nominate Clare Adamson MSP, Alex Neil MSP, Fulton MacGregor MSP, Jamie Hepburn MSP, Richard Lyle MSP, Phil Boswell MP, Neil Gray MP, and Stuart McDonald MP to follow suit!

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In October, Marion spent a great afternoon accompanying John Swinney, Depute First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills on a visit to Thornlie Primary School in Wishaw.

Alongside colleague Clare Adamson MSP and Headteacher Mr Hughes, Marion met with teachers, staff, parents and pupils and saw first hand the innovative work going within the school.


So with a busy recess back home complete, it is back to Westminster for the Motherwell & Wishaw MP. Marion will continue to champion the interests of local people and local communities in Parliament and her constituency office continues to be available should you require any assistance whatsoever from your MP.