New MP takes to the airways to talk about her busy schedule
CamGlen show presenter Tam puts MP under the spotlight
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.”