This Week #24

20th – 26th June 2016



On Tuesday, Marion was busy at Westminster with meetings, briefings and other parliamentary duties. The Motherwell and Wishaw MP was also delighted to welcome visiting pupils from Taylor High School to the Parliament.

Tuesday also brought a response from the Exchequer Secretary to a written question on child benefit submitted by Marion:

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons the income of the highest-earning parent is used to assess eligibility for child benefit rather than the joint incomes of both parents.

Damian Hinds MP responded:

If the Government were to use total household income as the criteria for the High Income Child Benefit Charge on households, this would require collecting information of the incomes of everyone in each of the eight million households receiving Child Benefit. This would effectively introduce a new means test. The Government’s approach withdraws Child Benefit from those on high incomes, whilst having no impact on the majority of claimants.


On Wednesday, Marion was back in the constituency. In the morning, she took the opportunity to meet staff at Wishaw General’s Neonatal Unit, discussing a variety of issues including the Lanarkshire Breastfeeding Initiative.

Marion meets staff at the Neonatal Unit.

Later in the day, Marion visited staff and pupils at Mossend Primary School before returning to her constituency office for meetings with local organisations.


Thursday was, of course, the day of the UK-wide referendum on the European Union with Marion, like the majority of Scotland, voting to Remain.

Also on Thursday, Marion was honoured to attend a prize-giving ceremony at Clyde Valley High School before spending the rest of the night at the EU referendum count at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility.

Marion with some of the SNP team at the North Lanarkshire EU referendum count.