Marion Fellows, MP for Motherwell and Wishaw and the SNP’s Westminster Small Business spokesperson, has called on the UK Government to ensure that the new contractor taking over from Carillion ensures subcontracts are maintained to ensure stability for small businesses and prevent job losses.

In a letter to Ministers, the MP said that “Carillion’s collapse has caused great uncertainty for many companies and their workers – especially SMEs”.

Mrs Fellows also said that the UK Government must provide assurances to companies that have already undertaken work for Carillion that they are paid for the work they have completed.

She was critical of Carillion saying affected companies should not “pay the price for Carillion’s mismanagement and greed which has the potential to create a black hole that sucks other companies with it into financial difficulty”.

Commenting, Marion Fellows said:

The employees and businesses, particularly SMEs, need reassurances. It is not good enough for the UK Government to simply allow people to face such financial uncertainty through an ideological obsession to not intervene.

It must be a mandatory stipulation that any new contractor must continue to the meet the agreements Carillion made with subcontractors. Many firms will be relying on the work they had planned as a subcontractor with Carillion and it must go ahead. If not, the future for many businesses and their workers is uncertain.

While the Official Receiver is currently assessing Carillion and trying to pay all contractors, the UK Government must still ensure that those who have carried out the work are paid for doing it.

The Carillion crisis happened on the UK Government’s watch and they must take a personal and moral responsibility to sort the problem.


This Week (2018): #4

Monday 5th February

It was back to work for Marion on Monday, as she continues to work hard for the people of the Motherwell & Wishaw constituency.

Tuesday 6th January

Wednesday 7th February

Thursday 8th February

Thursday saw Marion quizzing the Cabinet Office on the Carillion debacle, receiving responses to a number of tabled questions which you can view here.

Friday 9th February

On Friday, Marion held her monthly surgery in the Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre in Bellshill. As always, the MP and her staff were on hand to talk to local people, give advice, and provide assistance on a number of issues.

 Saturday 10th February

Saturday marked the beginning of the UK Government’s February Recess, with MPs due to return to Westminster on the 20th of February.


This Week (2018): #2

Monday 22nd January

It was back to work for Marion on Monday, as she continues to work hard for the people of the Motherwell & Wishaw constituency.

Tuesday 23rd January

On Tuesday, Marion met with Margaret Ann Jones from Motherwell & Wishaw Women’s Aid to hear more about the valuable work the organisation does in supporting vulnerable women and their children.

It was also a day for receiving answers from the UK Government, as Marion had a variety of questions answered on Carillion in Scotland, ESA tribunals, ESA appeals, and the issue of affordability for repatriating a family member who passes on abroad.

Wednesday 24th January

As well as joining the Deputy First Minister on a visit to Dalziel High, Marion was busy working from her constituency office in Motherwell.

Additionally, more answers to questions raised by the Motherwell & Wishaw MP were received from the UK Government, with Marion raising the issue of adequate measures being in place for when ex-servicemen and women claim to have been the victims of abuse during their time in the armed forces.

Thursday 25th January

Thursday saw Marion speaking out against the Tory austerity which continues to plunge children into poverty (full story here), saying:

The Tory UK Government’s austerity obsession is holding Scotland back from eliminating child poverty. Our children are paying the price while the Tories’ friends, donors and the wealthy get richer.

The SNP Scottish Government has been doing what it can with the powers it has including establishing a £50million child poverty fund and expanding free childcare and early learning so that parents are able to work to support their family.

The Scottish Government is also mitigating against welfare cuts including the Bedroom Tax, maintaining Council Tax Benefit, and increasing the child allowance within the Council Tax reduction scheme helping 140,000 children across Scotland.

The SNP’s efforts have ensured Scotland is miles ahead of the UK on tackling child poverty. But we aim to do more.

It is clear with greater powers at their disposal, the UK Government must act by reversing austerity so that children can be lifted out of poverty rather than being pushed into it.

Marion also continued to hold the UK Government account, quizzing David Mundell on the Scotland Office’s relationship with Carillion, sourcing information on how ex-servicemen and women can officially return their medals should they wish to do so, and continuing to raise the many flaws with Work Capability Assessments.

Friday 26th January


This Week (2018): #1

Monday 15th January

On Monday, the Motherwell & Wishaw MP returned to London for a busy few days at Westminster.

Tuesday 16th January

Marion spent Tuesday busy in London, working hard to represent the constituents of Motherwell & Wishaw. Her day involved various meetings, briefings, and Education Select Committee business. Marion was also delighted to drop by the inaugural meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Boys Brigade.

Wednesday 17th January

As always, Prime Minister’s Questions took place on Wednesday, with the Scottish National Party continuing to be the real opposition to a shambolic Tory Government led by Theresa May.

Thursday 18th January

Marion was back in the constituency on Thursday, ending the week working from her office in Motherwell, progressing with casework, and meeting with local people.

Friday 19th January

On Friday, Marion spent the morning attending a vitally important meeting on the funding of North Lanarkshire Council’s Women’s Aid, before spending the afternoon working from her constituency office in the Dalziel Building



Scottish Government at work for months on Carillion contingency plans

FULL STORY: Scottish Government at work for months on Carillion contingency plans

The UK Government has shown what its obsession with privatisation can result in: thousands of jobs on the line and contracts in jeopardy while public funds are used to prop up a company that has been in financial trouble for some time.

The cost to the tax payer of Tory negligence of resuming these contracts will be in the hundreds of millions some estimates say. As per, the tax payer foots the bill for private interests despite Carillion’s payouts to shareholders increasing each of the 16 years since its formation.

The Scottish Government has been getting on with the day job and prepared contingency plans last year for contracts in Scotland should the ailing company fail rather than taking the UK Government approach of continuing to award them £2blln worth of contracts despite three profit warnings.

The SNP is working for Scotland and all the people working in it -the UK Government should do the same and provide assurance that jobs will be protected