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Motherwell and Wishaw ward change blasted by MP

FULL STORY: Motherwell and Wishaw ward change blasted by MP

Instead of cutting Scotland’s representation in Parliament by ten per cent and gerrymandering a majority, the UK Government should be abolishing the unelected House of Lords where their friends have jobs for life.

Proposals fail to take into account community links. Motherwell and Wishaw – a longstanding and recognised community – would cease to exist. Motherwell itself would be virtually cut in half and separated from Wishaw and surrounding towns.

When peoples’ representation is required in the Brexit process to hold Theresa May to account, it is a complete negation of her responsibilities to focus on manufacturing a Parliamentary majority in future elections.

Instead of ‘jobs for the boys’, we need strong voices standing up for Scotland and ordinary people in our communities – not more voices for the rich and powerful.

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“ABOLISH LORDS, NOT MPs” SAYS SNP MP AS FINAL BOUNDARY PROPOSALS RELEASED

Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, has condemned the final proposals to reduce the number of MPs, seeing Motherwell and Wishaw wiped off the map and has called for the House of Lords to be abolished instead.

Proposals from the Boundary Commission which were instigated by MPs in 2011 would see the number of MPs reduced from 650 to 600.

Scotland’s MPs would be reduced by over 10 per cent from 59 to 53.

The unelected House of Lords would still be retained along with the 791 peers who have jobs for life.

If the proposals were implemented during the 2017 General election, the Tories would have achieved a majority of 16 as opposed to falling ten MPs short under current boundaries.

Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:

Instead of cutting Scotland’s representation in Parliament by ten per cent and gerrymandering a majority, the UK Government should be abolishing the unelected House of Lords where their friends have jobs for life.

Proposals fail to take into account community links. Motherwell and Wishaw – a longstanding and recognised community – would cease to exist. Motherwell itself would be virtually cut in half and separated from Wishaw and surrounding towns.

When peoples’ representation is required in the Brexit process to hold Theresa May to account, it is a complete negation of her responsibilities to focus on manufacturing a Parliamentary majority in future elections.

Instead of ‘jobs for the boys’, we need strong voices standing up for Scotland and ordinary people in our communities – not more voices for the rich and powerful.

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SNP MP CONDEMNS TORY BOUNDARY CHANGES

This week, Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, condemned proposals from the Boundary Commission for Scotland, which would see the number of Scottish MPs reduced from 59 to 53 wiping out the Motherwell and Wishaw constituency.

Plans would see the constituency cut in two and leave future MPs with larger areas to cover and more people to represent.

Commenting, Marion said:

“These plans fail to take into account community links, leaving them divided. Motherwell is virtually cut in half and separated from Wishaw and surrounding towns. This is simply not good enough.

“The Tories should abandon their disastrous plans to cut democratic representation in Scotland and instead focus on dealing with the undemocratic House of Lords which has over 800 members.

“Theresa May is concerned about holding on to power more than anything else. She does not care about what effect this will have on people the length and breadth of Scotland.

“Instead of ‘jobs for the boys’, we need strong voices standing up for Scotland and our communities.”

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This Week #48

20th – 26th March 2017





Marion was in London on Tuesday working hard, with a busy day of parliamentary duties and briefings within Westminster.

The Motherwell and Wishaw MP also contributed to the Fuel Poverty debate in the House of Commons:

In Scotland, 58% of single pensioner households are in fuel poverty, as are 44% of pensioner couples. The UK as a whole has one of the highest rates of fuel poverty and one of the most inefficient housing stocks in Europe. Fuel poverty rates are higher in Scotland. It is an indisputable fact that more often than not it is colder in Braemar than in Bournemouth, and that means that houses must be heated from a lower ambient temperature and for longer periods throughout the year.

Today in London the sun is shining, and although it is cold, older and vulnerable people could probably venture outside. This morning I received two picture messages showing snow lying on the ground outside my Wishaw home. Not many older or vulnerable people will be venturing outside there until it thaws. They will need to heat their homes in the meantime, and the cost of heating those homes is a burden that many of them simply cannot afford. That is shameful. When people are old, infirm or immobile, the cost of heating can be excessive, especially for those on low fixed incomes.

Marion’s full speech can be found here.



On Wednesday, Marion had her usual morning engagements at the Education Select Committee meeting and Prime Minister’s Questions. The afternoon, however, was rocked by the attack at Westminster which led to the sad deaths of PC Keith Palmer, Aysha Frade, Kurt Cochran, and Leslie Rhodes.



Despite being another busy day of hard work at Westminster, Thursday was also a day of reflection on the events from the previous day.

During the Business of the House session within the Commons, Marion stated:

I associate myself with all the remarks and condolences that have been expressed so eloquently this morning. I refer particularly to my hon. Friend Pete Wishart who mentioned going home; I am going home tonight, and I am very grateful to be doing so. Unfortunately, I will miss a rally at the bottom cross in Wishaw; it has been organised quickly to support the refugees that we will soon be welcoming and against a proposed Scottish Defence League march in Wishaw against refugees.



On Friday, Marion was back in the constituency, hosting a fantastic and very successful funding event for local people and organisations.

 

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Boundary Commission Proposals

People urged to have their say on plans to wipe Wishaw off the Westminster electoral map.

The recent proposals would see the towns of Motherwell and Wishaw divided. The plans take no account of the strong ties between these two communities and satellite towns and villages.

Ignoring community ties and creating new constituencies based only on numbers is a cold exercise in numbers and does not respect the important links between the communities.

Proposals would also see the constituency fall within North and South Lanarkshire Councils. I assist people with council matters on a daily basis and this will undoubtedly make resolving peoples’ issues more time consuming.

The SNP are opposed to any plans which will see a decrease in Scottish representation at Westminster. These boundary changes will decrease in Scottish MPs from 59 to 53.

While attempts are made to cut the overall number of MPs from 650 to 600, the Tories and Labour stuff the House of Lords with their cronies which now holds 812 unelected peers. This is an insult to democracy and to Scotland.

These are only proposals as yet. It is essential that we keep the communities of Motherwell and Wishaw together as a constituency.

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Boundary Commission Consultation

I was elected to represent the people of Motherwell and Wishaw in 2015 and I am totally focused on that job.

The proposals to cut the number of elected representatives in Scotland from 59 to 53 are unacceptable.

At a time when Scotland already faces a deep and growing democratic deficit, with a Tory government that we didn’t vote for imposing increasingly right-wing policies against our will, it is vital that the Scottish people have strong elected representation at Westminster to stand up for Scotland’s interests and to hold the UK government to account.

Furthermore, it is outrageous and undemocratic that the UK government is planning to cut the number of Scottish MPs while it continues to pack the unelected and unaccountable House of Lords with yet more Tory donors and cronies to do the government’s bidding.

Under this government the already bloated House of Lords has grown to over 800 members and is now the second largest legislature in the world – second only to the National People’s Congress of China – costing the Scottish taxpayer millions every year and making a mockery of the Tory claim that reducing the number of Scottish MPs is an attempt to cut the cost of politics.

To have your say on the plans, click here.

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