This Week #23

13th – 19th June 2016



On Tuesday, Marion was at Westminster attending meetings, briefings, and, as shown above, showing Fir Park School pupils round the Parliament.

Marion was also keen to join other Parliamentarians and staff outside Westminster to commemorate those who were killed in the Orlando shootings.

Marion with other Parliamentarians outside Westminster, commemorating those who lost their lives in the Orlando shootings.



On Thursday, Marion was delighted to speak at the NL International Conference at the Glo Centre in Motherwell. Schools from all other North Lanarkshire gathered to debate topics including Syria and the refugee crisis. It was a fantastic event with some passionate speeches – definitely a few people to look out for in the political future – and some great music from pipers and the toe tapping St Aidan’s High School Samba Band!

Marion speaking at the NL International Conference.

Later in the day, Marion also visited Carfin Grotto where Aid to the Church in Need were hosting 1,200 schoolchildren from all over Scotland. Despite the weather, they remained upbeat and enjoyed the day with a choir and music provided by Taylor High School.

Marion meets local pupils at Carfin Grotto.

Thursday was also the day on which Jo Cox, MP for Batley and Spen, was senselessly attacked and killed while carrying out work for her constituents. The thoughts of Marion and her constituency office staff are with Jo’s husband, children, family and friends in the wake of such a shocking tragedy.



Marion and Clare Adamson MSP were in attendance at the Beechwood Care Home to mark National Care Home Open Day on Friday. 

Everyday in care homes across the country staff show kindness to our loved ones, share laughs and stories with residents and provide fun activities. These successes should be celebrated and encouraged, particularly during such times of austerity and when we have an ageing population living longer than ever.

Marion & Clare meet staff at Beechwood Care Home.

Marion also spent some time at the Motherwell ASDA meeting local people, answering questions, and offering assistance. As well as Marion’s regular monthly surgeries, the Motherwell and Wishaw MP strives to be accessible to constituents as much as possible, including recent “pop-up surgeries” at supermarkets, Central Mosque Lanarkshire, New College Lanarkshire, and Motherwell Baptist Church.

Marion meets shoppers.

Friday also provided Marion the opportunity to meet with staff and volunteers at the Citizens Advice Bureau in Motherwell.

Marion is extremely concerned at a potential 50% cut in core funding to Motherwell & Wishaw Citizens Advice Bureau with removal of their debt advice service. In addition further cuts could see the closure of Wishaw CAB. This free, independent and impartial advice is vital to help the most vulnerable members of our community who will yet again be hit the hardest.

Please sign and share this petition to protect these services.

CAB Meeting
Marion meets staff and volunteers at CAB Motherwell.


On Saturday, it was all about preparation as Marion and her team mates got ready for the St Andrews Hospice Ladies Midnight Walk. Before long, it Saturday turned to Sunday and it was time to head off…



This Week #7

Monday (15th February 2016)


Tuesday (16th February 2016)

With the Parliament in recess, Marion spent Tuesday meeting local people and visiting organisations within the community.

Marion with Sacro staff members.

One of these visits was to the Motherwell office of Sacro to meet with members of staff. Sacro is a fabulous organisation helping to create safer and more cohesive communities across Scotland by offering a variety of services designed to repair harm and reduce conflict and reoffending.

The Motherwell office in particular offers the following services:

Marion and Timothy Hussein of the EMLC.
Marion and Timothy Hussein of the EMLC.

Marion was also delighted to meet with Timothy Hussein of the Ethnic Minorities Law Centre back in her constituency office.

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.

Wednesday (17th February 2016)

On Wednesday, Marion was at St. Aidan’s High School to speak to young people about why it’s important that they play their part in the democratic process in the future and what being a Member of Parliament entails on a daily basis. The Motherwell & Wishaw MP also met with the school’s debating team.

Marion speaks to St. Aidan's pupils.
Marion speaks to St. Aidan’s pupils.

Thursday (18th February 2016)


Friday (19th February 2016)

Marion met with Robin Turner and his team at Routes to Work in Motherwell on Friday. Every year, Routes to Work helps thousands of local people address many different day to day challenges, helping them to return to work or take up employment for the first time. The organisation responds directly to the needs of the community and are currently supporting the Tata workforce.

Marion meets with Robin Turner and his Routes to Work team.