This Week #5

8th February 2016

Monday (1st February 2016)

Marion spent the early stages of Monday in London attending parliamentary briefings and meetings before being present in the Chamber for a debate on financial regulatory bodies.

Marion’s comments followed on from her adjournment debate on the changes to the Strathclyde Mining Group’s pensions last week, and can be read in full here.

Monday also saw Marion receive an answer to the written question on WASPI she had submitted last week:

Marion had asked:

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support his Department has made available to women born in the 1950s who are affected by recent changes in the age at which they become eligible for the state pension.

Mr Shailesh Vera MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions), provided a response which, although appreciated, failed to answer the question:

Working age benefits are available for those who have not yet reached State Pension age. A concession of £1.1bn was made, and 81% of those affected will see a delay of one year or less; and for the rest, the delay will be no more than 18 months. There are no plans for further transitional arrangements.


Tuesday (2nd February 2016)


Tuesday brought with it another number of parliamentary meetings and duties, prior to Marion attending the meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Carers.


Wednesday (3rd February 2016)

The Education Select Committee met on Wednesday morning as usual, before Marion undertook various parliamentary duties over the course of the day.


Marion also took the opportunity to highlight some of the constituency’s latest good news by submitting three Early Day Motions:


Thursday (4th February 2016)

On Thursday, Marion was in attendance at the latest meeting of the Scottish Government’s Steel Task Force in order to discuss the latest developments in the ongoing battle to save Scotland’s steel industry.


Thursday was also World Cancer Day – Marion met with representatives from four of the UK’s leading cancer charities who are working together to unite the nation and help transform the lives of millions of people who are affected by cancer.


World Cancer Day 2016

Collectively Cancer Research UK, Breast Cancer Care, Anthony Nolan and the Movember Foundation support millions of people every year through their individual work in the prevention, detection, treatment and support of those affected by cancer.


Friday (6th February 2016)

On Friday morning, Marion was delighted to meet with Wale Olabamiji of the Ethnic Minorities Law Centre. Wale was visiting the constituency to provide cultural awareness training for members of Marion’s team to ensure that the office is able to provide as efficient a service as possible to all residents of Motherwell and Wishaw, regardless of their cultural background.

Ethnic Minority Law Centre

Marion & Wale of the EMLC.

The Ethnic Minorities Law Centre provides legal advice and representation to individuals from Scotland’s Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities, as well as providing training and second-tier advice to the Citizens Advice Bureau and other advice agencies across the country. In addition to casework for clients and training for advice agencies in their specialist areas of law, the EMLC also operates telephone advice lines, awareness-raising sessions and workshops for young people.

As it was the first Friday of the month, Marion spent the afternoon attending surgery appointments with local people in order to provide assistance in any issues they may have.


Saturday (7th February 2016)

Like Friday, Saturday was also a day for holding surgeries in the constituency for Marion. The Motherwell and Wishaw MP was at Wishaw Library to meet local people and discuss their concerns.