Margaret Ferrier

Independent MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West


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Margaret Ferrier’s voting in Parliament

Margaret Ferrier is a Independent MP, but has changed parties or become independent.

Compared to their original party (Scottish National Party), for the vast majority of issues they have voted in the same way as other Scottish National Party MPs.

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Last updated: 18 May 2022. Learn more about our voting records and what they mean.

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Margaret Ferrier

Recent appearances

  • Backbench Business: High Income Child Benefit Charge — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] 2 Feb 2023

    The hon. Gentleman mentioned the cost of living crisis. The fact that the charge is not uprated in line with inflation means that thousands of liable families are losing part of the child benefit that they are entitled to. Does he agree that this must be swiftly addressed?
  • Backbench Business: High Income Child Benefit Charge — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] 2 Feb 2023

    I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this debate. The high income child benefit charge is too complicated, which leads to many households that are entitled to child benefit not claiming it. What they may not realise is that not claiming means that they do not accrue the national insurance credits that claimants are given until a child turns 12, impacting on state pension and other...
  • Backbench Business: Cystic Fibrosis: Living Costs — [Carolyn Harris in the Chair] 2 Feb 2023

    The hon. Member is making a great speech. People with disabilities such as cystic fibrosis find it harder to maintain employment and, as he says, worry about keeping up with bills. It is estimated that only half of employers have occupational sick pay schemes. Does the hon. Member share my concern about the impact of the UK’s very limited statutory sick pay rate on vulnerable people who...

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Independent MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West

Entered the House of Commons on 8 May 2015 — General election

Party was Scottish National Party until 30 Sep 2020

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Topics of interest

Margaret Ferrier campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC

  • Scotland Office
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Department for Business
  • Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Jobcentres: Glasgow
  • Green Deal Scheme: Misrepresentation
  • Question
  • Food Banks: Scotland
  • Yemen: Military Intervention

Currently held offices

  • Member, Pension Schemes (Conversion of Guaranteed Minimum Pensions) Bill Committee (since 26 Jan 2022)
  • Member, European Scrutiny Committee (since 9 Mar 2020)

Other offices held in the past

  • Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Manufacturing) (7 Jan 2020 to 1 Oct 2020)
  • Member, Scottish Affairs Committee (6 Jul 2015 to 3 May 2017)
  • Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Scotland Office) (20 May 2015 to 3 May 2017)

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Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 23 Jan 2023.


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