This Week #54

Monday 26th June 2017

Tuesday 27th June 2017

National Lottery Funding in Motherwell & Wishaw
27th June 2017

I was delighted to hear that 18 projects across Motherwell and Wishaw will share £143,139 in funding from the National Lottery Fund after applying to Awards for All Scotland.

These projects range in purpose: from tackling to isolation and loneliness in the local area through befriending services and blether clubs; to funding kids groups to aid learning and promote development.

I look forward to seeing how these projects develop over the coming months to benefit the local community and make a positive difference to the lives of people across Motherwell and Wishaw.

Wednesday 28th June 2017

On Wednesday, Marion was in attendance at Prime Minister’s Questions, taking the opportunity to quiz Theresa May on the VAT Scottish emergency services need to pay, costing £35m of funding.

It was a rather ruckus PMQs, involving Tory MPs indulging in loud, childish behaviour, and the PM provided no reason or explanation as to why the VAT exemption would not be extended.

Thursday 29th June 2017

On Thursday, Marion spent the day at Westminister undertaking parliamentary duties, attending meetings, and working hard in Parliament for the people of Motherwell & Wishaw.

Friday 30th June 2017

Scottish Tory Failure Costs Motherwell & Wishaw £50m, says MP
30th June 2017

Marion Fellows, MP for Motherwell and Wishaw, has this week claimed that the failure of the Scottish Tories to secure additional funding for Scotland after a £1bn deal with the DUP has meant Motherwell and Wishaw could miss out on £50mn worth of funding.

After calling a snap election and losing their majority, in order to cling onto power the Tories made a £1bn deal with the DUP.

Under the Barnett Formula which determines how much money Scotland receives based on what is spent in England, this would have awarded Scotland an additional £2.9bn of funding – a potential £50mn for Motherwell and Wishaw.

Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:

“The Scottish Tories have demonstrated their true colours as London mouthpieces. Their interests are not the people of Scotland, but power. They are even prepared to make a deal with the DUP to get it.

“Scottish Secretary, David Mundell, claimed before the deal was made that any additional funding would not “subvert the Barnett rules”. At PMQs, the Prime Minister refused to confirm if Mr Mundell made any attempts to secure additional funding for Scotland. Instead of being Scotland’s man in Westminster, he is Westminster’s man in Scotland. He has either lied or is incompetent. He must resign.

“As a result, the local area could miss out on £50mn of funding and Scotland £2.9bn – coincidentally how much the Tories will cut Scotland’s budget by by 2020. This could be spent on improving our services and investing in jobs.

“While Ruth Davidson’s Tory MPs roll over like lapdogs, the SNP has demanded that we in Scotland get our fair share of funding. It is democratically unacceptable for grubby deals like this to be made when we in Scotland are suffering under austerity and so many nationally and locally are in poverty.”

Saturday 1st July 2017


Opening of Community Justice Centre in Wishaw

I was delighted to be represented at the Offical Opening of the new Community Justice Centre in Wishaw.

This centre was an outcome of a report by Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC who formally opened the centre this morning.

As well as information shared from many of the partner agencies, there were presentations by

  • Lanarkshire Community Bridges Project
  • Women’s Community Justic Service
  • Better Lives
  • Lanarkshire Throughcare

This centre is the work of Health & Social Care services, which combine both North Lanarkshire Council and NHS Lanarkshire.