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Precision Windows and Doors

Yesterday I attended a tour of local business Precision Windows and Doors.

Managing Director John Cassidy and his staff were extremely welcoming and very proud of what this local company has to offer. Unlike many other potential competitors, Precision manufacture their extensive bespoke range of products on their site at Clydesdale Street in Bellshill this is inclusive of all fixtures and replacement parts whilst offering an onsite repair service.

This is another impressive example of a local business which has brought employment to the local community with the hope of expanding providing more employment opportunities.

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VACANCY: Constituency Assistant

Constituency Assistant – Marion Fellows MP

Location: Motherwell and Wishaw

Salary: In Accordance with IPSA pay scales £22,000 – £27,876 (pro-rata)

Job Details: 25 – 37.5 hours (hours negotiable)  

Constituency Assistant in the busy constituency office for Marion Fellows MP, your duties will be to assist and support the Office Manager and Parliamentary Assistants with day to day office tasks and casework. It is essential the successful candidate works well in a team and has excellent communication and people skills.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Dealing with standard queries from members of the public
  • Responding to enquiries by telephone and email
  • Photocopying, filing, record keeping and typing correspondence
  • Logging all cases, monitoring progress and ensuring all identified actions are taken
  • Attending surgeries and other meetings as appropriate
  • Assisting with arrangements for events
  • Handling administrative arrangements for meetings with members of the public/MP surgeries
  • Liaising with external suppliers when required regarding office supplies
  • Managing and monitoring incoming calls and enquiries
  • Opening and dispatching mail

Closing Date: Monday 29th April 2019

Interviews will be held in Motherwell on Friday 10 May 2019

The job is to commence as soon as possible after interview.

How to apply
To apply, please email a CV and covering letter, setting out why you’d like the post and how your experience matches the job description and person specification (no more than 2 side of A4).

Email to Office Manager, Fiona Fotheringham Fiona.Fotheringham@parliament.uk

Due to an anticipated high number of applicants we will be unable to offer feedback to unsuccessful candidates.

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This Week (2018) #5

Monday 19th March

On Monday, Marion was in Westminster undertaking a number of meetings & parliamentary duties, as well as speaking at the debate on Orkambi and Cystic Fibrosis – a topic of particular personal interest to the MP:



Tuesday 20th March



Wednesday 21st March

As always, Wednesday was another busy day at the House of Commons for Marion, involving numerous meetings, briefings & attending Prime Minister’s Questions.



Thursday 22nd March

On Thursday, Marion took the opportunity to raise the issue of the Redundancy Modification Order review with the Leader of the House. The review has negatively impacted on Marion’s constituents, and people across the United Kingdom:

Later that day, Marion also featured in a debate on the NHS and Brexit, highlighting the consistently great work undertaken at University Hospital Wishaw:



Friday 23rd March

Marion was back in the constituency office in Motherwell on Friday, hosting interviews for the Constituency Assistant vacancy on her team – the standard of all those who applied was incredibly high!



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Vacancy: Constituency Assistant

Constituency Assistant – Marion Fellows MP

Location: Motherwell and Wishaw

Salary: In Accordance with IPSA pay scales £19,641 – £27,876 (pro-rata)

Job Details: part-time, 25 hours (hours negotiable)

Constituency Assistant in the busy constituency office for Marion Fellows MP, your duties will be to assist and support the Office Manager and Parliamentary Assistants with day to day office tasks and casework. It is essential the successful candidate works well in a team and has excellent communication and people skills.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Dealing with standard queries from members of the public
  • Responding to enquiries by telephone and email
  • Photocopying, filing, record keeping and typing correspondence
  • Logging all cases, monitoring progress and ensuring all identified actions are taken
  • Attending surgeries and other meetings as appropriate
  • Assisting with arrangements for events
  • Handling administrative arrangements for meetings with members of the public/MP surgeries
  • Liaising with external suppliers when required regarding office supplies
  • Managing and monitoring incoming calls and enquiries
  • Opening and dispatching mail

Closing Date: Friday 9 March 2018

Interviews will be held in Motherwell on Friday 23 March 2018

The job is to commence as soon as possible after interview.

How to apply
To apply, please email a CV and covering letter, setting out why you’d like the post and how your experience matches the job description and person specification (no more than 2 side of A4).

Email to Office Manager, Fiona Fotheringham Fiona.Fotheringham@parliament.uk

Due to an anticipated high number of applicants we will be unable to offer feedback to unsuccessful candidates.

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This Week #52

12th – 18th June 2017



On Monday, it was back to London for Marion as the recently re-elected MP for Motherwell & Wishaw returned to work at Westminster.



Marion Gets Back to Work (13th June 2017)

Following last week’s General Election, Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, has thanked constituents for giving her their backing as she gets back to work.

The General Election saw yet another SNP victory with the majority of Scottish seats re-electing SNP MPs. This has allowed the SNP to retain its status as the third largest party in Parliament giving their MPs more opportunities to influence and hold the UK Government to account.

Marion has wasted no time and made the journey to Westminster on Sunday to get back to work.

Commenting from Parliament, Marion said:

“I must thank the people of Motherwell and Wishaw investing their trust in me again. I am privileged that I will continue to represent our amazing communities.

“The election result was another great SNP win with the Tories’ hard Brexit and austerity agenda being firmly rejected across the UK.

“I’m eager to get back to work helping people and fighting for local issues: investing in the economy, communities and services; reforming the Child Maintenance Service to lift children out of poverty; and securing pension rights.

“As a party, the SNP thanks the people of Scotland for backing us once again and we are more eager now than ever to fight for Scotland.”




Wednesday witnessed the tragic Grenfell tower disaster, with Marion and her office responding to concerns from constituents living in the forty-eight towers in North Lanarkshire.

In the afternoon, Marion was sworn in at Parliament officially confirming her as the re-elected Member of Parliament for Motherwell and Wishaw.





On Friday, Marion was back home working from her constituency office in the Dalziel Building, Motherwell, dealing with casework, discussing matters with constituents and local organisations, and continuing to work hard for the people of Motherwell and Wishaw despite the disruption of the recent General Election.

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LOCAL MP TO STAND FOR RE-ELECTION

Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, has confirmed that she will stand again as the SNP candidate in the upcoming snap general election on the 8th of June.

Mrs Fellows made the announcement in Motherwell on Sunday at a public meeting with constituents. She was joined by a number of SNP councillor candidates from the constituency.

Parliamentary data has shown that Mrs Fellows has signed and tabled more motions and made more contributions in debates and question times than her Labour predecessor.

SNP MPs have also been the hardest working group. SNP MPs spoke in an average of 64 debates last year, significantly more than Labour and Tory MPs at 43 and 38 respectively.

Since elected, Mrs Fellows has also assisted constituents in 4,621 cases.

Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:

“I am excited to be confirmed as the SNP candidate for Motherwell and Wishaw in the general election on the 8th of June.

“As the MP for the past two years, I have represented local people by focusing on the issues important to us: supporting our community, fighting poverty caused by Tory austerity, and growing our local economy.

“This election will be about what kind of country we want Scotland to be. With Labour in disarray, the SNP is the only opposition to the Tories. A vote for the SNP is a vote against the Tories and their narrow minded and austerity obsessed agenda.

“I am proud of my record and want to continue working hard to provide a strong voice for the community and for Scotland.

“Over the coming weeks, the SNP will be working harder than ever to win the support of local people to elect SNP candidates in the council and general elections.

“Now more than ever Scotland needs strong SNP opposition to an emboldened Tory government who think they can do what they want to the people of Scotland and get away with it.”

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This Week #50

17th – 23rd April 2017



On Monday, it was back to London for Marion as the Member of Parliament travelled south for another busy week at Wesminster following the Easter Recess.



Marion was in London on Tuesday, with a busy day of parliamentary duties and briefings within the House of Commons.

The morning saw Theresa May announce a General Election on the 8th of June, as she seeks to cement Tory rule and pave the way for her preferred hard-Brexit, greater austerity, and a UK moving further to the right.

Undistracted by the Prime Minister’s news, Marion was busy getting on with her day job, leading a debate on the Child Maintenance Service which she had secured, making a number of incredibly important points and observations.

The Child Maintenance Service process is extremely difficult to understand and is often not communicated properly to parents. For example, DWP figures show that 17% of those using direct pay whose payments stopped or never even started were not aware that the CMS could even pursue payments for them. Similarly, 15% did not even know about the collect and pay service. Shockingly, a recent report from PayPlan found that more than half of single parents did not even know their child was eligible for support from their absent parent. Communication with parents about services available to them and their rights is lacking; they need to be informed.

You can read Marion’s contribution in full here, or watch below.



On Wednesday, Marion had her usual Education Select Committee commitments prior to her attendance Prime Minister’s Questions.

Marion was also in attendance as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon gave a statement on the General Election, which you can read in full here.



Thursday saw another busy day of parliamentary duties before Marion made the long journey back home ahead of a busy couple of weeks working in the constituency.



On Friday, Marion was back home working from her constituency office in the Dalziel Building, Motherwell, dealing with casework, discussing matters with constituents and local organisations, and continuing to work hard for the people of Motherwell and Wishaw.





On Sunday, Marion was out campaigning ahead of Council elections on May 4th, before hosting public meetings in Pather and Motherwell in the afternoon and evening.

Both meetings were well attended and allowed local people the chance to meet and quiz their Member for Parliament, as well as receiving information, advice, and assistance.

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This Week: Recess Review

31 March – 17 April 2017

The UK Parliament is an incredibly busy place when it is in session. However, there are often recesses throughout the year. From the 31st of March until the 17th of April, the Parliament was in its Easter 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 period!

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 summer back in North Lanarkshire:

Marion took the opportunity of a rare Monday evening home to address Motherwell and Wishaw branch of the Scottish National Party.

Marion had a fantastic trip to Daiwa Sports Ltd, located in Netherton Industrial Estate, meeting with General Manager Jim Robert and spending some time learning about such an innovative, forward-thinking, and successful manufacturer located within the constituency.

The MP attended the Dedication of a Victoria Cross Commemorative Paving Stone in memory of Cambusnethan man William J Milne VC, who received the Victoria Cross during the 1st World War.

Marion visited HMP Shotts to discuss changes made to Prison Officers’ pensions and to learn more about the work they undertake.

The MP was delighted to attend the The SPFL Trust’s Trusted Trophy Tour’s Fir Park stop yesterday afternoon, celebrating the fantastic work done by the club’s Community Trust.

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Meet Your MP

People will undoubtedly want to speak to me regarding recent events, mainly the General Election.

I will be holding two public meetings this Sunday which are open to all constituents.

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This Week #49

27th March – 2nd April 2017



On Monday, it was back to London for Marion as the Member of Parliament travelled south for another busy week at Wesminster.



Marion was in London on Tuesday, with a busy day of parliamentary duties and briefings within the House of Commons.

Marion also appeared in a Westminster Hall debate on Preventing Avoidable Sight Loss, providing an excellent contribution:

A really important point is that free eye tests, which we have in Scotland, encourage people to attend regularly to have their eyesight checked, which, as I said, leads to better treatment earlier. We really do not want a postcode lottery anywhere in the UK but, as hon. Members said, there is a postcode lottery in England: people need to live in the best place to get the best treatment.

You can read Marion’s contribution in full here.



On Wednesday, Marion had her usual Education Select Committee commitments prior to her appearance at Prime Minister’s Questions.

The Motherwell and Wishaw MP took the opportunity to highlight the ludicrous hypocrisy shown by Theresa May in her attitude to a second independence referendum, given her handling of Brexit:

The people expect the Prime Minister to follow her party’s manifesto, and to abide by a majority vote of this Parliament, so why does she say that the First Minister of Scotland should do the opposite?

The Prime Minister’s response was as dismissive and irrelevant to the question as usual:

What I say is that as we face this historic moment of invoking article 50 and setting in process the negotiations for the future of this country and its relationship with the European Union, now is the time to pull together and not try to hang apart.

Later in the day, during the debate on Article 50, Marion took the opportunity to again quiz the Prime Minister on the prospect of a second independence referendum:

The stated position of the UK Government was that “the UK is a family of nations, a partnership of equals”.

Why then, are the UK Prime Minister and her Secretary of State for Scotland so disrespectful of the people and Parliament of Scotland, and why are they running so scared of a Scottish referendum 18 months to two years down the line?

Theresa May’s unconvincing response was:

There is no disrespect for anybody. What there is is respect for putting into place the vote that was taken by the people of the United Kingdom on 23 June last year.



Thursday saw another busy day of parliamentary duties, including appearing in the backbench business debate on Local and Regional News:

It is important, as many Members have said, that local media are prevalent, as they are a bastion for local democracy. Local media really understand what is going on locally and can be a good force for local campaigning and fundraising. How many of us look at our children and our grandchildren in the weekly newspaper and sigh and feel very proud? I am really proud of my local papers. Last week, there was a local rally welcoming refugees to Wishaw, and the Wishaw Press turned up in force and had it on the front page. That is local democracy in action. The paper will also cover the proposed Scottish Defence League rally, and I hope it gives that the same amount of coverage, because we have to be balanced in what we say.

I may not agree with what local newspapers write, but their right to write it has to be preserved. The NUJ has highlighted that in its mapping exercise. We need to preserve and protect what we have. The Government should consider an inquiry into local media. I hope the Minister will listen to the calls that Members have made. I am not going to stand here and repeat everything that everyone has said, because although these things bear repetition, I do not think it would advance what has already been said this afternoon. This industry is vital for all of us and all our constituents, and we have to look at it in that light.

Later in the day, Marion made the long journey back home for Easter Recess, ahead of a busy couple of weeks working in the constituency.



On Friday, Marion was back home working from her constituency office in the Dalziel Building, Motherwell, dealing with casework, discussing matters with constituents and local organisations, and continuing to work hard for the people of Motherwell and Wishaw.



Marion was at Wishaw Library on Saturday hosting her monthly surgery in the venue.

Surgeries provide a platform for local people to raise their issues, ask questions, and seek assistance from their elected MP, and both Marion and her staff strive to ensure all those seeking support are adequately assisted.