27th June – 3rd July 2016


Monday brought with it a busy day of meetings for Marion as SNP MPs at Westminster reacted to the EU referendum result.


On Tuesday, Marion had another busy day at Westminster, attending meetings, briefings and receptions over the course of the day and evening.

Two statements were also released by the Motherwell & Wishaw MP over the course of the day – one on the M&Ds incident and another on the EU referendum result.


Wednesday saw the weekly meeting of the Education Select Committee ahead of Prime Minister’s Questions. This was followed by the WASPI demo on College Green which Marion was keen to support.

Wednesday also included a response from James Brokenshire MP, Minister for Immigration, to Marion’s written question on fees and charges associated with British citizenship:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons applicants are charged to apply for (a) naturalisation to become a British citizen and (b) registration to become a British citizen; and how those charges are calculated.

Mr Brokenshire’s response was as follows:

Fees for applications for naturalisation and registration for British citizenship are charged to cover the cost of processing such applications and contribute to the wider costs of operating the border, immigration and citizenship system. Fee levels are set in accordance with sections 68 to 70 of the Immigration Act 2014, and take account of a range of factors including the administration costs associated with an application and the various benefits and entitlements that applicants may receive from British citizenship.


DirectorySignThursday marked the launch of Marion’s new Support Directory on her website, providing local people with an easy-to-use directory of local services and organisations who may be able to provide assistance and support, particularly with issues outwith the MP’s remit. The directory will also remain a “work-in-progress” for as long as Marion is in office, with new listings added frequently as we look to make it as extensive and far reaching as we possibly can.



M&Ds Statement

A statement on the recent incident at M&Ds:

“I was devastated to hear of the incident that occurred at M&Ds theme park on Sunday afternoon.

“My thoughts are with all those involved in this serious incident and also with their family and friends.

“I want to thank the emergency services and members of the public for their hard work and efforts in coming to those in dire need.

“I welcome the news that the Health and Safety Executive immediately started an investigation at M & D’s and that the Head of Operations for the HSE in Scotland has been in attendance. Specialist mechanical engineering specialists are also involved in the investigation.

“The investigation will determine the immediate and underlying cause of the accident and will look for any breaches in Health and Safety Law. If appropriate a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

“It is essential that a full health and safety investigation is carried out to ensure the wellbeing of those visiting the park. People must be able to use such facilities with full confidence.

“I think it is right and proper that the Theme Park remains closed at this time.

“We must now wait for these investigations to be carried out and give our best wishes and support to those involved and their families.”

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