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Motherwell & Wishaw MP Resigns
Mrs Fellows admitted that she couldn’t do both jobs and wanted to do her best to represent the people of Motherwell and Wishaw as an MP
She continued: “I could not have functioned as a councillor without the expertise of council officers and staff who have been a source of great assistance and knowledge.
“It was an emotional day for me but I know it is for the best that I resign from the council, so that I can fully devote myself to being the best constituency MP for Motherwell and Wishaw that I possibly can be.”
Mrs Fellows insisted that any council salary she has accrued since she became an MP will be donated to local charities.
She claimed a sensational victory to crush her Labour rival at the General Election on May 7.
The former councillor ousted Frank Roy, the Labour MP for the past 18 years, in a “political tsunami” that swept away Labour heartlands of Lanarkshire.
Mrs Fellows became the first woman MP for Motherwell and Wishaw after securing a majority of 11,898.
She polled 27,275 (56.5 per cent) votes with Frank Roy coming second on 15,377 votes.
Mrs Fellows was elected as councillor under proportional representation at the 2012 council elections.
She was elected to serve on the council for five years before quitting this week.
Mrs Fellows was a senior figure in the Yes Motherwell and Wishaw campaign, which won a majority locally in the 2014 Independence Referendum.
New Motherwell and Wishaw MP Marion Fellows resigned as a member of North Lanarkshire Council.
The SNP MP quit as a councillor for Wishaw with immediate effect on Monday25th May 2015.
In a statement on Monday, Marion Fellows said: “I have always appreciated the trust that the people of Ward 20 (Wishaw) put in me to represent them on North Lanarkshire Council.
“It has been a privilege to be their councillor for the last three years.
“I wish to thank SNP colleagues for their help and support during this time.
“I also wish to thank other members across the political spectrum for their help and consideration.”