This week, former Clyde Valley High and New College Lanarkshire student and Newmains local, Ross Megahy, is competing at the WorldSkills event in Kazan, Russia.
Ross specialises in Computer Aided Design and is part of a 37-strong team which will take on 1,600 competitors from more than 60 other countries.
It’s great to see the hard work of local people pay off and have them represent us in international competitions. An amazing achievement which demonstrates the talents and potential our young people have.
Ross has won medals at a UK and European level before. I’m sure everyone across Lanarkshire and Scotland will be cheering him on so that he brings back another medal!
On Monday, Marion was working hard at home in the constituency, before attending the Clyde Valley High prize-giving ceremony, during which the MP presented awards to 5th and 6th year pupils including Dux Medal winner Meghan Hill.
Tuesday 20th June 2017
On Thursday, Marion continued working from her office in the Dalziel Building in Motherwell, discussing local issues, meeting local people, and assisting constituents with casework.
Marion Fellows, SNP MP for Motherwell and Wishaw, has said that more powers for the Scottish Parliament should be one of the party’s top priorities during this Parliament.
New powers were devolved to the Scottish Parliament following the 2014 independence referendum and a massive SNP victory in the 2015 General Election.
The SNP included further devolution in their 2017 manifesto. The MP says that the SNP’s victory in the snap General Election with 35 of 59 MPs demonstrates a clear desire and mandate for yet more powers to be devolved.
Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:
“The SNP’s manifesto called on more powers for the Scottish Parliament and Scotland has voted for that pledge to be fulfilled.
“The Scottish Parliament received new powers last year that the Scottish Government are beginning to put to good use. For example, we are breaking away from the Tories’ welfare regime of sanctions and unfair disability assessments to build a system of dignity and respect.
“However some of the powers, such as control of income tax, is difficult to use while Westminster still holds the powers to tackle tax evasion which makes it easier for people to register their tax in England to pay a lower rate.
“When the Tories are teaming up with the far right DUP, Scottish parties must unite to take these powers out of Theresa May’s hands and into Scotland’s.
“With Brexit, there is an opportunity for powers over agriculture and fisheries for example to be returned to the Scottish Parliament. With the Great Repeal Bill, it is essential that Westminster is not able to hold onto powers that are rightfully Scotland’s in a power grab.
“Further tax, employment and pension powers must be a key priority. We shouldn’t allow the Tories to allow tax evasion while ordinary people pay their fair share; we shouldn’t allow people to work for poverty wages; and we shouldn’t allow people who have paid into the pension pot have their retirement ruined.”
Thursday 22nd June 2017
Thursday provided Marion with the opportunity to provide a fantastic contribution to the Housing and Social Security debate at the House of Commons, stating:
In Scotland, we value all of our citizens, whatever their age or ethnicity. Many constituents have approached me in desperation and disbelief. I have a long list and I do not have time to go through it, but during the election campaign I was approached by a grieving grandmother whose son had just been widowed. The so-called simplification of bereavement support resulting in cuts for widows and widowers when they are at their most vulnerable is scandalous. I ask Members to try to imagine how someone who is grieving must feel when having to give up their employment to deal with a young family and finding out that the financial support they expected because of their circumstances was no longer there. That happened in April of this year.
The SNP is opposed to any increase in national insurance, especially at a time of low consumer confidence and squeezed household budgets. We need a freeze on NI contributions and VAT. The SNP here in Westminster will fight for a moratorium and review of the closure of HMRC offices in Scotland and across the UK, for beneficial ownership of companies and trusts to be made public, for measures to improve the transparency of tax paid by major international companies, and for further action by the UK Government to tackle international tax avoidance. If these measures were taken, there might be no need for austerity cuts at all, or at least they could be lessened.
The SNP will fight for an end to benefit sanctions, to the roll-out of universal credit and to charges from the Child Maintenance Service, and we will fight to end private company involvement in social security benefits. Finally, we will fight to abolish the premium-rate telephone charge for those seeking advice or claiming benefits from the Department for Work and Pensions. Not only do the Government cut benefits, but they charge people increasingly large amounts to access what is rightfully theirs. We must help the worst off and most vulnerable in our society, not impose further cuts on them.
On Friday, Marion visited Dalzell steelworks in Motherwell and met with General Manager Drew McGhie.
Although the Scottish Government saved the plant, the UK Government has yet to outline a proper industrial strategy to create the right conditions for manufacturing businesses. Marion is talking to local businesses with the intention of making sure this happens.
With great capabilities in engineering research and innovation through universities, steel businesses like Dalzell that make steel for wind turbines, and great potential for renewable energy in Scotland, there are plenty of opportunities to grow in these sectors. But we need a government that is willing.
Last week saw the official opening of the new Clyde Valley High School and Orchard Primary School.
I was delighted to be there as Councillor for Ward 20, when the ground was cut to start the build, following the Scottish Governments award to North Lanarkshire Council for the Clyde Valley Schools Campus project.
I was therefore thrilled to be invited back as MP, to the formal opening and completion of the project.
Quote of the evening came from Jill Woodward, Head Teacher of Orchard Primary School & Nursery “from one acorn a thousand forests can grow”.