Marion Fellows, SNP MP for Motherwell and Wishaw, has backed a Bill to protect the NHS from being used as a bargaining chip in future trade deals with foreign nations.

The SNP will tomorrow (5 February) bring forward the NHS protection Bill – a key 2019 manifesto commitment – to enshrine in law that all four of the UK’s health services must be protected as publicly owned, publicly operated, and its services publicly commissioned, and ensure that any future trade deals would require the explicit consent of the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish Parliaments and Assemblies.

Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:

“The NHS in Scotland – and all parts of the UK – is precious to those who use it and we must do everything we can to protect it from anyone who is seeking to abuse it for profit. Our NHS must be off the table in any Trump trade deal.

“While health policy is devolved to Scotland, we cannot currently stop Westminster from signing away our NHS in a damaging trade deal, or entering agreements with other nations that would dramatically push up drug prices or risk our public services.

“That is why I am supporting this proposal for a new law that will protect our National Health Services from Boris Johnson and Donald Trump.

“I will not stand idly by while there is a risk that the Tories will trade away our vital health service for a trade deal with Donald Trump. Our NHS has been there to care for and protect us for the last 70 years – now it’s our turn to stand up and protect the NHS.”



The coronation of Boris Johnson by members and MPs of a party Scotland has rejected to implement a Brexit Scotland has also rejected is an insult to Scotland and its people.

Boris Johnson is fanatical and his no deal Brexit plans would bring Scotland and the rest of the UK to its knees. Our food, medicines, and trade would all be at risk. But Boris Johnson and his friends would be shielded from its worst effects. Ordinary people will pay the price.

On the international stage, just like he did as Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson will make the UK even more of a laughing stock. He will act as Trump’s lapdog – scared to speak out against his racism.

Boris Johnson and his allies live in an alternative reality from the rest of us. They do not understand the pressures people face. Austerity and attacks on our communities will continue.

Scotland’s people deserve so much better. And we can do so much better under independence – making the decisions which impact us here in Scotland without interference or the self-interest of dangers like Boris Johnson.


PMQs 17/07/2019

The increasing shift to the right by the Tory party is extremely worrying. The Tories have more in common with Trump than they care to admit. We’re about to get a Prime Minister that isn’t so embarrassed to publicly align himself with Trump’s racism.

The nationalism that many people in the Scottish independence movement advocate is inclusive. It welcomes everyone. It does not support vans or statements which tell people to “go home”. It does not assign rights based on the colour of peoples’ skin or where they were born. It envisions a country where anyone can build a life, find a home, and have a family.

Scottish independence is about the people who call Scotland their home making the decisions which affect Scotland – and everyone is welcome.


Marion’s Speech on Trump

Yesterday I spoke in a debate on Trump’s travel ban and state visit to the UK. You can watch my speech below.