The Welfare and Work Bill is a brutal piece of work
It feels like I was elected just yesterday and already summer recess is upon us.
Although Parliament will not be in session I will still be as active as ever.
I am very much looking forward to spending more time in my constituency, meeting local people and hearing what you have to say about your area and helping with the issues you face.
I will also be setting up and moving into my constituency office in the next couple of weeks.
Although it has been a short week in Parliament, it is one that has caused outrage on social media.
The reason for the outrage? Labour’s mass abstention from the Welfare and Work Bill - or #Labstain as it has now come to be known.
This Bill, part of the first wholly Tory Budget in two decades, is a brutal piece of work.
A single parent working full time on the minimum wage for 37 hours a week with two young children will lose £1200 a year as a result of changes proposed in this Bill, even after you take into account the proposed increase in the minimum wage.
At a time when more people are in need of emergency food aid than ever before, this Bill is a draconian and regressive piece of legislation, which will result in many more people being pushed below the poverty line.
Forty-eight Labour politicians ignored the order of their party whips and voted with the 56 SNP MPs against the Bill.
These brave 48 were declared rebels, for doing what any decent Labour politician should have done. Many will no doubt be asking, what is the point of Labour any more?
Among those standing in the Labour leadership contest, only Jeremy Corbyn had the guts to stand up to the Tories and oppose the Bill.
Andy Burnham, who many view as the frontrunner in the contest, bizarrely issued a press release stating that it was wrong for Labour to abstain… just after he himself abstained.
Just last week Rutherglen MSP James Kelly lambasted the Budget in this very paper, yet this week, his colleagues sat on their hands and allowed the Tories to push it through.
How can the Labour Party dare to call themselves the official opposition, if they can’t even vote against a piece of legislation that will require a rape victim to prove she was violated -- to relive her gruesome ordeal -- in order to qualify for child benefit?
As we head into this recess period, I certainly won’t be resting on my laurels and will be gearing up to return in September to hold the Tories to account and oppose their regressive and harmful plans.
Scotland’s decision to elect 56 SNP MPs was a fortunate one and we are, for all intents and purposes, the effective opposition at Westminster.
The infamous Vow wasn’t worth the paper it was written on, but my vow to my constituents to stand up to the Tories is one that I will certainly keep.
Working for you Rutherglen MP Margaret Ferrier