Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, and MSP, Clare Adamson, have hailed their Jobs Fayre held on Friday (04/10/2019) as a great success.

Hundreds of people attended at the South Dalziel Historic Building over the course of the afternoon to seek new opportunities and gain support into work.

Several employers were in attendance including the Scottish Government’s new agency, Social Security Scotland, which is seeking hundreds of new staff for its new base in Glasgow.

Officers from the Lanarkshire Division of Police Scotland were also there as well as Network Rail and New College Lanarkshire.

Bodies to help people into work were also there to provide support for people returning to work after a break or looking for new opportunities, including Routes to Work and Dress for Success.

Clare Adamson MSP and her Office Manager

Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:

“The Jobs Fayre exceeded our expectations. People in Motherwell, Wishaw and Bellshill are ready and willing to work. I hope the event has helped people find new opportunities.

“I want to provide my thanks to all employers and prospective employees for attending. I’m glad to hear from so many that the event was worthwhile.”

Ms. Adamson said:

“The success of this event is only down to partnership working by those willing to come along and support Mrs Fellows and myself in improving employability in the area. I was delighted that local colleges were in attendance to promote modern apprentice.”




On Friday (13/09/2019), Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, in support of MacMillan Cancer Support raised over £350 by taking part in their World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event.

Marion’s Coffee Morning is one of many taking place across the UK to raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support.

Members of the public attended along with community groups; Motherwell and Wishaw MSP, Clare Adamson; local SNP Councillors Fiona Fotheringham, Agy Magowan, Ann Weir and Cameron McManus; and North Lanarkshire Provost Jean Jones.

Local people and groups all contributed cakes, teas and coffees to ensure the event was a success.

MacMillan offer support, tools and inspiration people need to find their best way through cancer diagnosis and treatment whilst tailoring support to individuals’ unique cancer journey.

Marion with MacMillan Lanarkshire Fundraisers

Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:

“I want to provide my heartfelt thanks for all those who came along and donated money or food. It was fantastic to see so many people doing their bit for an incredibly important charity that is very close to me. Together, we raised over £350 so that MacMillan can continue to be a source of aid in times of distress.

“I know personally the great lengths MacMillan staff go to in order to support people and their families in their time of greatest need. Their contributions and dedication deserve to be recognised.

“Cancer can and will affect many of us in our lifetimes. Make sure to educate yourself on the warning signs and if you have a spare pound or two, please consider donating to MacMillan Cancer Support. Their support can make a massive difference to peoples’ lives.”




Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, and MSP, Clare Adamson, are co-hosting a Jobs Fayre from 10am to 1pm on Friday 4th October at the South Dalziel Historic Building in Motherwell.

The SNP Parliamentarians are bringing several local and national employers in a variety of fields to boost employment and opportunities for local people.

Employers include North Lanarkshire Council and the Scottish Government’s new agency, Social Security Scotland, which is seeking hundreds of new staff for its new base in Glasgow.

Bodies to help people into work will also be in attendance to provide support for people returning to work after a break or looking for new opportunities, including Routes to Work and Dress for Success.

Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:

“A priority for the SNP at all levels is getting people into work and supporting our local economy. I’m confident the Fayre will provide an array of opportunities for people to get stuck into.

“People across the constituency have so much to offer. Our Jobs Fayre will be as great an advantage to employers as it will be to local people.

“I hope to see as many people there as possible. Let’s get North Lanarkshire working!”

Ms. Adamson said:

“I want to encourage all of my constituents who are out of work, or if you are thinking of a career change, to get along to the Jobs Fayre.

“This is an excellent chance to meet prospective employers and you never know where it might lead.  Hopefully, this event will facilitate new connections for residents as well as uncovering untapped talent for the organisations that attend. 

“It is a privilege for us to help our constituents in any way and I am confident the Fayre will be a tremendous success.”



Both Clare Adamson MSP – Motherwell & Wishaw and I are hosting a Jobs Fayre on 4 October.

Increasing employment and improving our local economy is one of my key priorities and I’m confident that with the talents of local people that many will be able to find new opportunities at the Fayre.

The event will be attended with local and national businesses and also organisations who can give you support in finding new work.

Click here to go to the facebook event.


This Week: Recess Review

16th September – 9th October 2016

The UK Parliament is an incredibly busy place when it is in session. However, there are often recesses throughout the year. From the 16th of September to the 9th of October, the Parliament was in its conference recess hence why, if you keep an eye on what Marion’s up to through the “This Week” feature, you’d have perhaps noticed no updates over the past few weeks!

Of course, this doesn’t mean that the Motherwell & Wishaw MP has been sitting with her feet up in front the telly! Far from it – Marion has been incredibly busy over the past weeks working hard on casework in her Dalziel Building office, planning for the coming months back at Westminster, and being out and about in the constituency, talking to local people, assisting with issues, and meeting local charities, organisations, and businesses.

Here are some of the highlights from a busy three weeks back in North Lanarkshire:


Marion was delighted to meet with residents and friends of Glenview Court and the volunteers of Befriend Motherwell in September.

Important community focused organisations like these contribute so much to peoples’ lives and the MP was keen to urge people to volunteer if they can. If you wish to do so call 01698 440180.

The services they provide to tackle loneliness are particularly important to the elderly community who gain so much support from Befriend Motherwell.

Marion is extremely pleased that they have been awarded Big Lottery Funding to continue their extensive programme to support and bring the elderly community together.


Many low income families across Scotland have experienced major difficulties with their tax credit payments as a result of Concentrix’s shambolic handling of cases.

As a result, these families, already struggling, have been put under more and more pressure. This is unacceptable. People rely on these payments for their financial security.

Many families have had their tax credits stopped for a variety of bizarre reasons which have no basis in reality or logic. For example, one victim of Concentrix’s mishandling was accused of living with their neighbour’s ex-wife.

Following sustained pressure from the SNP benches, the UK Government are now intervening on this urgent matter which must be extremely distressing to many families. I am glad that the contract with Concentrix will not be renewed.

I am appealing to constituents to get in touch with my office if they their tax credits have been stopped or even if they have an issue with any other matter. Local people need to know that there is someone in their community to fight for them when the UK Government and their departments won’t listen.

Half Signature


Marion was pleased to attend the McMillan Coffee morning hosted by Made 4U in ML2.

It was lovely to have a cuppa and a blether with the local community for such a worthy cause!

Thanks go to Claire McCormack and her team Andrew, Elaine and Nicole who organised the event.


dal6Marion was delighted to join her colleagues from the Scottish Steel Task Force as well as trade unions, steelworkers and others at the formal opening of the Dalzell Steelworks in Motherwell.

Thanks to the hard work of the Scottish Government, a future has been forged for steel in Scotland. The works will continue to provide a number of jobs to the community and allow workers to continue making world class steel products.

A big well done is due to all those involved in saving this iconic industry.

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Marion was keen to get involved with Slosh Across North Lanarkshire, the council’s campaign to raise funds and awareness for the British Transport Games, taking place between 27th and 30th July 2017.

Not only did Marion take the opportunity to show off her dancing skills, but she was also keen to nominate Clare Adamson MSP, Alex Neil MSP, Fulton MacGregor MSP, Jamie Hepburn MSP, Richard Lyle MSP, Phil Boswell MP, Neil Gray MP, and Stuart McDonald MP to follow suit!

Click here for more information!


In October, Marion spent a great afternoon accompanying John Swinney, Depute First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills on a visit to Thornlie Primary School in Wishaw.

Alongside colleague Clare Adamson MSP and Headteacher Mr Hughes, Marion met with teachers, staff, parents and pupils and saw first hand the innovative work going within the school.


So with a busy recess back home complete, it is back to Westminster for the Motherwell & Wishaw MP. Marion will continue to champion the interests of local people and local communities in Parliament and her constituency office continues to be available should you require any assistance whatsoever from your MP.


Clare Adamson MSP Office Opening

I was delighted to attend the official opening of friend, colleague and new neighbour Clare Adamson MSP’s constituency office.

We will both continue to work together to help all our constituents in Motherwell and Wishaw.

Contact Clare Adamson MSP
Dalziel Building,7 Scott Street, Motherwell, ML1 1PN
01698 337540


This Week #17

Monday (2nd May 2016)


Tuesday (3rd May 2016)

On Tuesday, Marion was in the constituency working from her office in the Dalziel Building. Full contact details for Marion’s constituency office can be found here, with information about surgeries here.

Wednesday (4th May 2016)


On Wednesday, Marion received a response from the Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions) in relation to a written question regarding the Child Support Agency and Child Maintenance Service.

Marion had asked:

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what mechanisms his Department has put in place for redress and backdated payments to the parent with care in the event that it is found that the non-resident parent (a) provided false information about their income and (b) failed to inform the relevant body of an increase in their income under (i) the Child Support Agency scheme and (ii) the Child Maintenance Service scheme; and what the timescales are for such redress or payments.

The Minister’s response was as follows:

All three statutory maintenance schemes allow the Secretary of State to revise any maintenance liability decision found to be incorrect as a result of misrepresentation by either parent. There is no timescale within which the misrepresentation must be discovered, before a revision may be completed.

Under the 2012 scheme, in the first instance maintenance is assessed using historic income information from HMRC. Annual reviews are carried out using HMRC income data and liabilities are adjusted accordingly. Over the lifetime of a case changes to income should therefore be reflected appropriately.

Where an individual is assessed on current income, they are obliged to inform the Child Maintenance Service of any increase to their income of 25% or over. If they fail to do so and the Child Maintenance Service subsequently becomes aware of an increase in their income, the Secretary of State may still calculate a new assessment, taking effect at the point the income increased.

Any arrears that result from such “retrospective” action will nonetheless be due and CMS will take enforcement action if the Paying Parent does not arrange to pay them themselves. The CMS has a comprehensive range of enforcement actions at its disposal, to help ensure that parents fulfil their obligations.

All maintenance liability decisions carry an underlying right of appeal to an independent Tribunal.

Thursday (5th May 2016)


Thursday brought with it polling day for the Scottish Elections. Marion was out and about in the constituency campaigning for Clare Adamson as MSP for Motherwell and Wishaw and #BothVotesSNP.


Friday (6th May 2016)



This Week #15

Monday (18th April 2016)


Tuesday (19th April 2016)

Tuesday brought a busy day of parliamentary business for Marion, with meetings, briefings & APPGs taking up most of the morning and afternoon at Westminster.

Wednesday (20th April 2016)

The weekly meeting of the Education Select Committee took place on Wednesday morning, focussing on social work reform, with more parliamentary business throughout the afternoon.

Wednesday also marked the launch of the SNP’s manifesto ahead of May’s Scottish Elections.


Thursday (21st April 2016)

Mhairi’s Campaign Diary: Motherwell & Wishaw from theSNP on Vimeo.

On Thursday, Marion welcomed Mhairi Black MP to the constituency as she supported the campaign to elect Clare Adamson as MSP for Motherwell and Wishaw in May.

Marion joins Mhairi Black MP, Clare Adamson & SNP campaigners in Motherwell.

Friday (22nd April 2016)

On Friday, Marion was out in the constituency – firstly spending the morning with Clare Adamson at the Haven coffee morning at Netherton House, Wishaw General Hospital.

The Haven provides care, complementary therapies and information to people affected by life limiting illness such as Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and Huntington’s Disease and also to their carers and family members.

Clare Adamson & Marion at the Haven coffee morning.

Marion also attended the celebratory feast day mass at Our Lady’s High School in Motherwell on Friday, getting the chance to speak to some of the teaching staff over lunch.

Marion meets teachers at Our Lady’s High School.

Saturday (23rd April 2016)

On Saturday, Marion was delighted to attend the Dalziel Rugby Festival, presenting some of the prizes and meeting local people.