Open meeting will bring together local Waspi women
Local women born in the 1950s who are affected by changes to the state pension age are being invited to discuss the issue at an open meeting in Haddington next month.read this post
Organised by the county’s MP, Martin Whitfield, and the local Waspi (Women Against State Pension Inequality) campaign group, the meeting is being held on Thursday 10th May at Haddington Town House, starting at 7pm.
It will give local women the opportunity to find out more about the campaign, which fights the injustice done to women born in the 1950s (on or after 6 April 19
Visiting CAPS Independent Advocacy
Martin Whitfield MP has visited Musselburgh-based CAPS Independent Advocacy, which provides individual and collective advocacy for local people who use or have used mental health services.read this post
During the visit Mr Whitfield found out more about the organisation’s current activity and the support it provides for local people. He also discussed the way his office works together with members of the CAPS team.
Speaking about the vital importance of the CAPS service, Martin Whitfield MP said:
“This was my first visit to CAPS Independent Advo
Raising importance of rail freight to local busine
Speaking at today's Transport Questions in the Commons, Martin Whitfield MP raised the importance of freight on the East Coast Main Line for businesses like Tarmac's Dunbar Cement Plant.read this post
Mr Whitfield highlighted the need for greater co-ordination between the various stakeholders with an interest in the line to ensure greater certainty for companies seeking to expand the amount of freight they send by rail.
Speaking after his question, Martin Whitfield MP said:
“The latest quarterly rail freight statistics show record expansion in con
Commending local schools on fizz-free action
A campaign aimed at reducing the number of fizzy and high-energy drinks consumed by local children has been mentioned in parliament by Martin Whitfield MP.read this post
Speaking during a Westminster Hall debate on energy drink sales to children, Mr Whitfield highlighted the “Fizz-Free February” campaign which was initiated at Ross High School last year and followed up by other local schools this year.
Martin Whitfield MP said:
“I believe it is widely accepted that a large number of young people are consuming too many carbonated and caffeinat
Comment on changes to local mobile banking service
Commenting on changes to the RBS mobile banking services in East Lothian, Martin Whitfield MP said:read this post
“Mobile banking vans are no substitute for real branches and cannot make up for the loss of branches we have suffered in East Lothian.
"However, they are still better than nothing, so these changes to mobile banking services are incredibly disappointing.
“Despite facing the loss of two very well used branches, some of our communities now face further cuts to mobile services. This is a further slap in the face for RBS customers and l