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SNP TRIPLE BY-ELECTION VICTORY

Last night, the SNP won three out of three council by-elections with a win in Inverness, Rosyth and Dunfermline. Congratulations to those new councillors.

These wins show that Scotland demands change. We demand an end to austerity. We demand to determine our own future – not have it determined for us by Boris Johnson and the Westminster establishment. If re-elected, I will be that voice for Motherwell, Wishaw and Bellshill that fights Scotland’s corner.

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This Week #51

24th April – 2nd May 2017



On Monday, it was back to London for Marion as the MP travelled south for the last full week at Wesminster ahead of the Parliament’s dissolution.



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

The Motherwell and Wishaw MP was also in attendance at the Post Office Closures debate in Westminster Hall. With Marion leading the fight against the closure of the Brandon branch in Motherwell, it was no surprise she took the opportunity to contribute in the debate:

At the end of the day, we need to keep our post offices. We have lost a number of sub-branches, which have moved from very accessible local places further out into estates and housing schemes that are not accessible for the majority of people. They suit the people who are there, who can go to their local convenience store, but they do not suit other people. In fact, a post office in the Motherwell civic square closed, right next to where the local authority has hundreds of workers. They cannot access a post office. If the one in the main town centre closes, there is going to be a loss of work for those in the post office and in the businesses around it.

I feel very strongly about this issue, and I am glad that there is such cross-party opposition to the recent round of closures and the effect it has on the poorest and most elderly in our communities, who use post offices the most. I ask the Minister to put pressure on the Post Office to halt this latest round of closures.

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



On Wednesday, Marion had her usual Education Select Committee commitments prior to her attendance Prime Minister’s Questions. Later in the day, Marion was busy working hard in her Parliamentary Office.





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.

The MP also took the opportunity to visit Mossend Primary School in the morning, before hosting a surgery at Central Mosque Lanarkshire, during which she bumped into two of the SNP’s council candidates in Lanarkshire – Jordan Linden, standing in Bellshill, and Michael Clarkson, standing in Mossend and Holytown.





 



On Tuesday, Marion and her staff were in the constituency office in Motherwell working hard ahead of Parliament’s dissolution at 00.01am the following morning, at which point all current MPs will no longer be so.

Marion will be seeking re-election as the Motherwell and Westminister Member of Parliament, and you can find out more about her campaign and how to get involved by clicking Re-Elect Marion in the menu above.

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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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Local Council Elections: Register to vote

On 4 May, the people of Scotland go to the polls to elect their local council. 16 and 17 year olds can vote in these elections for the first time.

To be able to vote in the Scottish council elections, you need to be registered. Registering is quick and easy. You need your National Insurance number, date of birth and address.

The deadline for registering to vote is Monday 17 April. When you’re registered, you can vote either in person at a polling station on 4 May, or by post or proxy.