Results 1–20 of 171 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Marion Fellows

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: NHS (22 Mar 2018)

Marion Fellows: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I want to associate myself with the remarks made by colleagues about the tragic anniversary we are observing today. If this Government deliver Brexit, we must negotiate a good deal for our healthcare institutions, our outstanding staff and us—the patients. I understand that we all have good intentions—no one here wants...

Business of the House (22 Mar 2018)

Marion Fellows: For the past two years, I have been helping a constituent with her ongoing attempts to have her former local government employer rightfully added to the redundancy modification order. Her employer has been seeking addition to the list for eight years, and counting. Throughout this time, Ministers have consistently dismissed inquiries with the response that the RMO is under review, providing...

Orkambi and Cystic Fibrosis — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (19 Mar 2018)

Marion Fellows: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Roger. Where do I start to sum up this debate? It has been a truly awesome experience, and I congratulate and thank all the Members who took the time to attend. I have rewritten my speech all the way through the debate, which I will try to summarise as best I can. The petition was signed by 371 of my constituents. As has been said, the...

Orkambi and Cystic Fibrosis — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (19 Mar 2018)

Marion Fellows: I agree with the hon. Gentleman. We are talking about people whose lives are shortened and people whose lives are deeply affected. These people could be of such benefit to society as a whole. It is difficult for me to think beyond my granddaughter, and it is also difficult to listen to stories of what might happen. I know she is lucky, but I also know and am passionately concerned about...

Orkambi and Cystic Fibrosis — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (19 Mar 2018)

Marion Fellows: I probably am a carrier—unfortunately, for another reason, we have not been tested yet. That is another issue that we will deal with. It would help future research. Actually, after my daughter was tested, she said to me, “Mum, you and dad must go out and buy a lottery ticket—you must be the luckiest people around,” because I have three children and none of us has CF....

Loneliness and Local Communities (15 Nov 2017)

Marion Fellows: Thank you very much, Mr Paisley, and I thank the hon. Member for Leeds West (Rachel Reeves) for organising this debate. I will not say any more about that; I want to get on to the meat of what I have to say. Loneliness and isolation is widespread across all levels of society and all ages. We know that there is a link between loneliness and poor physical and mental health and that it impacts...

Autism Diagnosis — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

Marion Fellows: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth. I will rattle through this to give others a better chance. I should mention that I have been on Twitter, talking to someone in Scotland who is watching the debate with great interest because she has four children with autism. I congratulate the hon. Member for Enfield, Southgate (Bambos Charalambous) on obtaining the debate and...

Combat Compensation (20 Jul 2017)

Marion Fellows: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gapes. I congratulate the hon. Member for Wythenshawe and Sale East (Mike Kane) on securing this important debate this afternoon. The hon. Gentleman made a cogent, reasoned and passionate speech about combat compensation, the changes that are likely to be made, and the suffering that service personnel and their families are likely to...

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

Marion Fellows: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

Marion Fellows: rose—

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

Marion Fellows: indicated dissent.

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

Marion Fellows: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

Marion Fellows: It is a fundamental Scottish National party principle that access to education should be based on the ability to learn, not the ability to pay. SNP MPs have a strong and principled record of opposing tuition fee increases in England and Wales and, if we are able to, we will reject any Bill that would increase the financial burden on students. In 1997, I personally lobbied my predecessor in...

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

Marion Fellows: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention, but I totally disagree with him. I will come on to that point further on in my speech. The fact is that Scottish education is different; the way into it and how to progress in it are completely untypical.

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

Marion Fellows: As a former further education lecturer, I have personal experience of that. Indeed, I will be disseminating my wisdom on this when I take up my place on the Education Committee; I see that the Chair of the Committee, the right hon. Member for Harlow (Robert Halfon), is sitting on the Government Back Benches. The point that has been raised is a well-known canard. We cannot measure Scottish...

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

Marion Fellows: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention and welcome him to his place. Yes, there are many differences, and trying to compare apples and pears just does not work.

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

Marion Fellows: If the hon. Gentleman listens to the end of my speech, he will find that I completely refute what he is saying. The facts tell a different story. Larry Flanagan, the general secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland, has said that Scottish education is not in the parlous state that is ascribed to it by other parties. I believe that he is one of the hon. Gentleman’s colleagues....

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

Marion Fellows: May I also rebut that canard? When I started teaching in further education in Scotland in 1992, many college courses were not vocational but leisure courses. West Lothian College ran a very successful one on which people my age—now—spent six hours a week doing art. The Scottish Government cut funding for courses like that and increased funding for vocational training. They also do...

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

Marion Fellows: I am sorry, but I would like to continue—I am feeling a little dizzy, to be fair. The SNP Government are not complacent and are committed to doing more to support students. They want to ensure that support is equitable, in particular for the most vulnerable, which is why the Scottish Government are conducting a comprehensive review of student support under an independent chair and a...

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

Marion Fellows: As the hon. Gentleman persists, I will give way.


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