This week, Marion Fellows, SNP MP for Motherwell and Wishaw, welcomed Lanarkshire’s new Superintendent, Gordon McCreadie, with a meeting to discuss local Policing priorities.

Mrs Fellows and Superintendent McCreadie discussed community priorities such as anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping.

Mrs Fellows heard first hand Lanarkshire Police’s strategy for 2020-23 and the work frontline officers are doing in communities to assist people who are the victims of domestic violence and coercive control, and call-outs to vulnerable people.

Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:

“It was a pleasure to meet with Lanarkshire’s new Superintendent, Gordon McCreadie, and raise with him the issues constituents have raised with me. Our Police are doing a fantastic job and deserve our thanks for their hard work.

“Peoples’ Policing priorities for local communities have been anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping. I have personally noticed an increase in the number of issues with fly-tipping since North Lanarkshire Council ended their free uplift services. We all deserve to live in clean communities. NLC must review this policy.

“We also discussed the increase in call-outs to vulnerable people and people experiencing mental health issues. It was reassuring to hear about the mental health training our officers are receiving so they can properly assist people.

“I also got to hear about the work Police officers are doing in our communities – especially on coercive control and domestic violence. If you’re affected, you are not alone. Reach out.”

People affected by domestic abuse can call Scottish Women’s Aid on 0131 226 6606 or Refuge on 0808 2000 247.

People affected by mental health can call Samaritans on 116 123 or Scottish Association for Mental Health on 0141 530 1000.E


This Week #57

Monday 17th July 2017

On Monday, Marion was in the constituency working hard on constituent cases, meeting local people, and contacting local organisations.

Tuesday 18th July 2017

On Tuesday, Marion had a busy day of parliamentary duties, meetings, and briefings in London as she continued to work hard for the people of Motherwell & Wishaw.

Wednesday 19th July 2017

Wednesday saw Marion participate in the emergency debate on tuition fees in England and Wales. As a former lecturer, education is an area which Marion still has a great passion for and the MP is proud to champion Scotland’s refusal to impose tuition fees upon prospective students.

You can watch Marion’s full speech below:

Thursday 20th July 2017

On Thursday, Marion spoke during the Westminster Hall debate on proposals for better combat compensation, stating:

The Scottish Government urge the UK Government to publish a response to the latest quinquennial review as soon as possible and to address directly the review’s recommendations. In particular, we urge the Government to increase the maximum tariffs for mental health and to improve communication, particularly for veterans who may experience late onset symptoms.

You can read Marion’s contribution in full here.

Friday 21st July 2017

On Friday, Marion was back home in the constituency, with the House of Commons rising the previous day for the Summer Recess.


This Week #44

20th – 26th February 2017

On Tuesday, Marion was back at Westminster for a busy day of parliamentary duties and meetings.

The Motherwell & Wishaw MP also received a response for a written question on the treatment of human rights activists on China:

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart on the treatment of human rights activists in that country.

Alok Sharma, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs replied:

We regularly raise human rights in interactions with Chinese counterparts. During my visit to China last week I raised the case of the ‘709’ lawyers with Assistant Foreign Minister Liu. We held the China-UK human rights dialogue last October and will be holding another such discussion in April this year.

Wednesday brought with it Prime Minister’s Questions before a busy day of meetings, briefings, and parliamentary duties in London for Marion.

On Thursday, Marion was still hard at work in London, ensuring the voices of local people in the constituency of Motherwell and Wishaw are being heard at Westminster.

On Friday, Marion remained in London in order to support the Private Members’ Bill put forward by SNP colleague, and MP for Banff and Buchan, Eilidh Whiteford.

The Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill passed its third reading by 138 votes to 1, despite despicable attempts by Philip Davies MP to filibuster.