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Chirstmas Card Competition: Winners!

A big thank you to all the pupils across the constituency who took part in my annual Christmas card competition, my office received a huge amount of wonderful and creative entries. Thanks too, of course, to the staff at primary schools across the area who facilitated the children being able to take part.

The job of choosing just three winning entries was as difficult as ever but, after some long deliberation, I am happy to announce the following winners:

Infants: Oskar Lysek (Christ the King Primary)
Juniors:
 Alistair Millward (Logan’s Primary)
Seniors: 
Abigail Craig (Wishaw Academy Primary)

A big congratulations to Oskar, Alistair & Abigail, and a huge well done for their fantastic entries!

I was privileged to be able to visit all three of the winners at their respective schools, photos of which can be found above.

Thanks again & merry Christmas!

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This Week #39

12th – 18th December




On Tuesday, Marion was back in London with a busy day of briefings, meetings, and parliamentary duties at Westminster.



 



The Pre-employment protection of whistle-blowers debate took place on Thursday, with the Motherwell & Wishaw MP contributing:

The Scottish Government acknowledge and respect the need for whistleblowing and believe that procedures should be in place across the public and private sectors to support staff in raising any concerns in order to ensure that people can work in a safe and secure environment. Without whistleblowers, serious concerns may take longer to be noticed and rectified. Any proposals that strengthen whistleblowing procedures and help protect employees and service users across the public sector are welcome.

Robust whistleblowing procedures are in place across Scotland, including in our NHS, but the Scottish Government and the SNP support further reforms to protect and embed an honest and open reporting culture in which all staff have the confidence to speak up without fear and in the knowledge that any genuine concern will be treated seriously and investigated properly. All children and young people have the right to be cared for and protected from harm. The amendment will help with that and we support it.



 

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This Week #38

5th – 11th December


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On Monday, as a member of the Education Select Committee, Marion was keen to contribute to the debate on the Children & Social Work Bill, providing an excellent speech.

It is important that children are the focus of and are at the heart of any Bill that is introduced in this Parliament. We need to look at how children are affected by legislation introduced by not just the Department for Education, but Departments across the board.

In Scotland, the First Minister has said that people who have experienced the care system will be the driving force of an independent review of how Scotland treats its looked-after children. That is the mandatory duty in action. In Scotland, we want to move forward and to listen to young people, and we are looking at extending what is happening in Scotland to people who have been in care and are going through the process of becoming adults who stand on their own. It is good that the Bill looks at what happens to children after they leave care, but I ask the Minister to examine what we do in Scotland, because we are moving forward at a far faster pace than England and Wales.

Marion’s contribution can be read in full here.



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On Wednesday, Marion had a very busy day of meetings, briefings, and parliamentary duties as she continues to work as hard as possible for the people of Motherwell & Wishaw.



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On Thursday, Marion was in the Chamber to quiz the Attorney-General Jeremy Wright MP on the consequences of the UK leaving the EU:

What assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the protection of human rights in the UK.

Mr Wright replied:

The United Kingdom has a proud tradition of respect for human rights that long predates the European Union and that will continue following our withdrawal from it.

The Motherwell & Wishaw MP continued:

What existing human rights enjoyed by UK citizens under EU directives could not or should not be enshrined in UK law, if or when we leave the European Union?

Receiving the response:

As I hope I made clear in my first answer, I do not believe that human rights protections in this country are dependent on EU law. We will certainly look, in the course of the great repeal Bill and other measures that this House will have to consider, at how we transfer those obligations currently under EU law into domestic law where the House believes that it is appropriate to do so. I maintain the view that we will continue to protect human rights in this country. Moreover, we will continue to be leading advocates for human rights around the world.



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On Friday morning, Marion visited the Royal Mail Wishaw Delivery Office in Netherton Industrial Estate to meet with and thank staff during what is a very busy Christmas period. Following this, Marion returned to her constituency office to welcome the three winners of her 2016 Christmas Card Competition. Alfie Brown, Kian Oliver, and Morgan Carroll all received framed copies of their designs, a small number of the cards for their own use, and some additional prizes.

In the afternoon, Marion hosted her monthly constituency office surgery, meeting with local people to discuss concerns and assist with any issues.



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Marion spent some time at the grand opening of Forgewood Community Centre on Saturday, meeting staff and volunteers at what was a very successful event. In the afternoon, the Motherwell & Wishaw MP was keen to drop by and donate to the Christmas Toy Drive taking place at Fir Park ahead of the Motherwell v Kilmarnock match.

toydrivebThe initiative, organised by the MFC Podcast & the Well Society, was a fantastic success thanks to the great generosity shown by both Motherwell and Kilmarnock fans.

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LOCAL CHILDREN SPREAD CHRISTMAS CHEER AT MP’S OFFICE

CHRISTMAS CARD COMPETITION WINNERS VISIT MP MARION

Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, has welcomed three artistic school pupils to her constituency office after they were victorious in the MP’s 2016 Christmas card competition.

Inviting entries from primary schools throughout the constituency, Marion had the challenging task of picking winning submissions from Infant, Junior, and Senior categories, with Alfie Brown (Keir Hardie Memorial Primary), Kian Oliver (Orchard Primary), and Morgan Carroll (Sacred Heart Primary) being chosen for each category respectively.

Alfie, Kian, and Morgan visited Marion’s office in Motherwell on Friday morning to meet the MP and her staff, and collect their well-deserved prizes.

Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:

“I was delighted with both the number and quality of the submissions I received. There is no doubt that we have many incredibly talented, creative, and artistic young people in Motherwell, Wishaw, and Bellshill.”

“I had a fantastic time looking through the designs and selecting the winners, a task which although enjoyable was also made very difficult by the number of great entries.”

“The wonderful designs by Alfie, Kian, and Morgan will now be used for my 2016 Christmas cards, sent both by post and electronically to friends and colleagues throughout the country.”

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This Week #37

28th November – 4th December


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On Tuesday, Marion was in London with a busy day of meetings, parliamentary duties, briefings, and working hard for the people of Motherwell & Wishaw.



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On St Andrew’s Day, Marion was again undertaking a busy day at Westminster, including being present at the weekly Education Select Committee and Prime Minister’s Questions.



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Saturday saw Marion’s monthly Wishaw Library surgery take place, before the MP was off to the Tesco foodbank event to meet volunteers, staff, and local people. The MP was also present at the Christmas Fayre in Gowkthrapple and the Neighbourhood Food Collection in Wishaw.

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Christmas Card Competition Winners!

In October, I announced the details of my 2016 Christmas card competition, inviting entries from primary school age children throughout the Motherwell & Wishaw constituency.

I was delighted with both the number and quality of the submissions received. There is no doubt that we have many incredibly talented, creative, and artistic young people in Motherwell, Wishaw & Bellshill.

I had a fantastic time looking through the entries and selecting the winners, a task which although enjoyable was also made very difficult by the number of great designs.

I am pleased to announce that the winners of the competition are:

Infants: Alfie Brown – Keir Hardie Memorial Primary School (Primary 1)
Juniors: Kian Oliver – Orchard Primary School (Primary 5)
Seniors: Morgan Carroll – Sacred Heart Primary School (Primary 7)

These three wonderful designs will now be used for my 2016 Christmas cards, sent both by post and electronically to friends and colleagues throughout the country.

I have this week written to all three winners and their respective primary schools to pass on both my gratitude and congratulations, and I look forward to awarding Alfie, Kian, and Morgan their prizes in the next week or two.

Finally, I would just like to say big thank you to all of the children who participated in the competition, and to the Headteachers, teachers, and other staff at each primary school who allowed and assisted the pupils to take part.

Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Card Competition Closed

Last month, I announced that I was running a Christmas card competition open to all primary school age children in the Motherwell & Wishaw constituency.

With the deadline for the competition passing yesterday, I am delighted with and very impressed by the number and quality of the entries I have received.

Please also rest assured that, after a little confusion over whether entries should be sent to my constituency office in Motherwell or my parliamentary office in London, all submissions posted to both offices have been received and entered into the competition.

I am now looking forward to looking through the many fantastic entries in order to pick the winners, and hope to do so in the coming days.

For more information on the competition, click here.

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Christmas Card Competition Update!

Last month, I announced that I was running a Christmas card competition open to all primary school age children in the Motherwell & Wishaw constituency.

I am delighted with the number and quality of the entries I have received so far. However, there are still a few days before the competition closes on the 21st of November.

All the information regarding the competition can be found by clicking below. I look forward to receiving more entries before Monday and then, of course, looking through all of the fantastic submissions from our young people!

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This Week #32

17th – 23rd October 2016


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It was back to London for Marion on Monday, as she travelled south for another busy week in London, including delivering the Motherwell & Wishaw WASPI petition to the Parliament that night.



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Wednesday brought with it the weekly meeting of the Education Selection Committee and Prime Minister Question’s, before an afternoon of meetings and briefings for the Motherwell & Wishaw MP.



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On Thursday, Marion was present at a Westminster Hall debate on Social Work Reform, during which the MP brought a Scottish perspective to proceedings.

In Scotland, we implement something called “Getting it right for every child”, which is at the heart of everything we do that affects children. It is child-focused, it is based on an understanding of the wellbeing of the child and on tackling early needs, and it requires joined-up working, which is not necessarily happening in England. The Looked After Children (Scotland) Regulations 2009 absolutely embody the framework of “Getting it right for every child”.

I was at the recent Scottish National party conference when our First Minister made an emotional and heartfelt declaration about what she wants to do for Scottish children, but so much has already been done. There is also demand for children and adult mental health services in Scotland, and there are far too many children who are unseen and whose needs are unmet. Our Minister for Mental Health has taken on board the First Minister’s desire to push forward the needs of children—especially looked-after children—and ensure that their mental health needs are dealt with. For example, in the next five years, the Scottish Government will invest £150 million in mental health innovation. Some of that money will be used to cut waiting lists, but £50 million is specifically earmarked to support better access to child and adult mental health services.

The Scottish Government have also doubled the number of psychologists in the services. The Minister needs to look at that, because it is all very well having services, but if they are not accessible or if people—especially children—have to wait too long, further problems will be created that will have to be addressed using Government funds from other places further down the line. It is vital that we support our children across the UK, especially those for whom we are responsible as legislators. When I was a local councillor, I was a corporate parent, so I know about the responsibilities that many people have. It is vital that we properly look after children early in their lives so they do not develop greater issues.

You can read Marion’s speech in full here.

Thursday was also the day Marion announced the Christmas Card Competition she will be running for primary school aged children in the Motherwell & Wishaw constituency over the next month. You can read all about it, including how to enter, by clicking here.



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On Friday, Marion spent the morning in London completing her Parliamentary duties for the week, before travelling north to spend the weekend in the constituency.

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Christmas Card Competition

This year, I am launching a Christmas card competition which will be open to all primary school age children in the Motherwell & Wishaw constituency. The winning designs will be used on my constituency Christmas cards, both paper and electronic, showcasing the artistic talents of our young people.

I will be choosing three winnings designs from the entries – one each from Infants, Juniors, and Seniors. The winning designs will also be reproduced and framed for the winners, and they will receive these along with a small prize each.

Entries should be produced on A4 paper and can be in any medium. Each entry should have the child’s name, age, class, and school clearly marked on the reverse. All entries should arrive at my constituency office (Dalziel Building, 7 Scott Street, Motherwell, ML1 1PN) by Monday 21st November 2016.

I do hope that as many local children are able to participate as possible so that their artwork can be sent far and wide. I will be writing to all primary schools in the area in the coming days to invite them to enter the competition and I very much look forward to seeing all of the entries.

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