Motherwell Makes Music Returns!

Fantastic to learn that Motherwell Makes Music is returning for the second time, after the festival’s outstanding debut last year.

With three nights of music showcasing some of Scotland’s best up and coming talent, including acts from Motherwell & Wishaw, this is a festival that is really starting to put our community on the musical map.

You can enjoy the fantastic line-up and support local music by buying tickets here:


This Week #47

13th – 19th March 2017

There were a number of meetings and briefings for Marion to attend at Westminster on Tuesday, as the Motherwell and Wishaw MP had a busy day of parliamentary business.

On Wednesday, Marion had her usual engagements at the Education Select Committee meeting and Prime Minister’s Questions, before a busy afternoon of parliamentary engagements.

On Thursday, Marion was in the Chamber to question the Attorney General, Jeremy Wright MP, on the great repeal bill:

What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union on the requirement for legislative consent motions for the proposed great repeal Bill.

Mr Wright responded:

I have regular discussions with ministerial colleagues, including with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, on various issues of importance to the Government. The Government will publish the great repeal Bill in due course, and the content of the Bill will determine the process to take it forward.

However, the Motherwell and Wishaw MP was not satisfied and pressed further:

Last month, the Secretary of State for Scotland confirmed that a legislative consent motion would be required from the Scottish Parliament for the great repeal Bill, but in his answer just now the Attorney General stopped well short of that. If the UK Government’s position is the same as the Secretary of State for Scotland’s, will a legislative consent motion be required?

The Attorney General’s reply was:

The hon. Lady tempts me to explore what will be in the great repeal Bill. I am not going to do that, but she knows, and I am sure her colleagues know, that if the Bill affects the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament or the executive competence of the Scottish Government, there will need to be a legislative consent motion.

Marion was also on hand to contribute to the Westminster Hall debate on the future of rail, improving passenger experience:

The Scottish Government have put more than £5 billion in an investment programme for the five-year period to 2019. We will open new stations and build new lines. We see that as a way to get a greener Scotland and to increase Scotland’s economic base.

Marion’s full contribution can be found here.


On Sunday, Marion took time out to attend the Lassies Lunch fundraiser for the Westfield Health British Transplant Games in North Lanarkshire 2017, even finding the time to indulge in a little Sloshing!


Motherwell Makes Music

This is a fantastic event occurring in Motherwell next month which will showcase some of our best homegrown musical talent.

I am sure those in Motherwell and beyond will get right behind this, with some great performances lined up already.

I’m looking forward to both supporting Motherwell Makes Music where I can and, I hope, making it along to one or two of the gigs!

Delighted to bring you our first line-up announcement showcasing the best local musicians as well as some of Scotland’s hottest emerging talent!

More acts and venues to be announced.

Early-bird weekend tickets available for only £10 from