This Week #21

30th May – 5th June 2016


On Monday and Tuesday, Marion was working from the constituency due to the Parliament being in recess. This involved assisting constituents with issues, dealing with local concerns, and meeting with individuals and organisations.



With the Parliament still in recess, Marion continued to work in the constituency on Wednesday.

The Motherwell & Wishaw MP also took time to visit the Blether and Friendship Club at North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre. The club aims to provide a relaxed and friendly environment where people can meet to chat about old Motherwell, school-days, work, social life or any other topic of interest, and Marion is delighted to support such a project.


On Thursday, Marion met with staff and volunteers at The Haven Centre based at Wishaw General Hospital.

Marion visits The Haven Centre.

The diagnosis of a life limiting illness such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease is a life changing event, not only for the individual but for the whole family and those closest to that person.

The Haven offers a programme of support designed to help individuals cope with the physical, emotional and practical aspects of their illness and to enable them to face the future with hope.

The support is provided for people at all stages of their illness from the point of diagnosis onwards and is specifically tailored to meet the needs of the individual.

On Thursday evening, Marion was present at the CultureNL consultations at both Craigneuk and Newarthill Libraries.


Friday morning providing Marion and her staff the opportunity to visit the newly opened PIP Assessment Centre on Hamilton Road in Motherwell. 

Marion & her team at the PIP Consultation Centre.

The constituency office team, who assist local people with PIP benefit claims and appeals, were able to sit through a mock assessment and question staff members.

It is important to understand just how PIP assessments are carried out. Although assessment staff are trained, claimants must make sure that they provide the full extent of how their conditions affect their day to day lives. The smallest detail can make the difference between a successful or unsuccessful claim.

There has been much criticism regarding the change from Disability Living Allowance to PIP and Marion believes it is important that both she and her staff are as well equipped as possible to help people at what can be a stressful time for them.

Later in the day, Marion held her monthly Dalziel Building surgery to discuss issues with local people.


On Saturday, Marion was present at her monthly Wishaw Library Surgery.