New MP takes to the air­ways to talk about her busy sched­ule

Cam­Glen show pre­sen­ter Tam puts MP un­der the spotlight

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang’s new MP has made her de­but ap­pear­ance on Cam­Glen Ra­dio.

Mar­garet Ferrier MP took to the air­waves on Fri­day, June 26, to speak about her busy sched­ule and how she’s far­ing at Westminster since her his­toric elec­tion vic­tory.

The 54-year-old pulled off one of the big­gest shocks on May 7 to oust Labour’s Tom Greatrex from the Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West seat and be­come the first woman and first SNP MP to rep­re­sent the two towns.

Com­mu­nity Fo­cus Show pre­sen­ter Tam Curry put her un­der the spotlight as she spoke about sub­jects such as her busy sched­ule since the elec­tion and her in­tro­duc­tion to pol­i­tics.

De­scrib­ing the in­ter­view as “the best part of the day,” she told lis­ten­ers: “It’s been ab­so­lutely non-stop since May 7, I can as­sure you.

“Be­ing down in Lon­don ev­ery week Mon­day through to Thurs­days, so when you come back to the con­stituency you want to do as much as pos­si­ble.

“We’ve held three surg­eries to­day so far and we’ve got more to­mor­row again so it’s been full throt­tle.”

Mov­ing on to how she be­came in­ter­ested in pol­i­tics, Mar­garet spoke of her time work­ing with amnesty In­ter­na­tiona l . She said: “I re­mem­ber sit­ting scrib­bling fu­ri­ously writ­ing to min­is­ters of var­i­ous coun­tries ask­ing for po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers to be re­leased so I was al­ways a great one for jus­tice and so­cial jus­tice.”

Tam Curry then moved on to Mar­garet’s more re­cent po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ences, more specif­i­cally how she and her party mem­bers are far­ing in Westminster.

And Mar­garet reck­ons they’re do­ing ok: “I think my­self and my fel­low mem­bers down in Westminster have ac­tu­ally done quite well in a short space of time and we’ve heard quite a num­ber of peo­ple down in Westminster ac­tu­ally say we’ve picked up a lot of stuff in a very short time.”

“If you go on to the par­lia­men­tary web­site you’ll see we are ask­ing quite a num­ber of oral ques­tions, writ­ten ques­tions, putting for­ward mo­tions and get­ting in­volved in de­bates.”

With Par­lia­ment about to go on re­cess, Mar­garet ad­mit­ted she was re­lieved to be able to “recharge the im­mune sys­tem,” adding: “It’s good to get back into the con­stituency to be able to meet lots of peo­ple, hold surg­eries, see what’s go­ing on and meet up with a lot of lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“That’s what it’s all about at the end of the day, work­ing for the con­stituency.”

Mar­garet also took the op­por­tu­nity to visit the of­fices of Healthy ‘n’ Happy Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Trust later that day.

She spent the visit speak­ing with Chair­per­son May Cald­well, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Bren­dan Rooney and var­i­ous other board mem­bers of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Bren­dan said: “It was a plea­sure to meet Mar­garet and we had a very pos­i­tive meet­ing.

“Mar­garet ex­pressed her ap­pre­ci­a­tion and sup­port for all the hard work of ev­ery­one in­volved in Healthy ‘n’ Happy and we look for­ward to en­joy­ing a pos­i­tive and pro­duc­tive re­la­tion­ship with Mar­garet.”

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