5th – 11th December
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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.