Thanking our local posties this Christmas
County parliamentarians Martin Whitfield MP and Iain Gray MSP have both visited local Royal Mail delivery offices to see first-hand the operation of delivering Christmas post and to pass on early Season’s Greetings to its dedicated, hardworking staff.read this post
Mr Whitfield was shown around the Tranent delivery office and introduced to the postmen and women, who will be pulling out all the stops to sort and deliver mail in the forthcoming busy Christmas period, while Mr Gray made a similar visit to the North Berwick delivery office.
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Martin backs effort to defeat 'aid for trade' bill
Working with Labour colleagues, Martin Whitfield MP has today helped defeat a ten minute rule motion from Tory MP James Cleverly to debate his proposed new bill which called for the creation of an International Trade and Development Agency.read this post
The intention of the bill was supposedly to promote the idea that developing countries can trade their way out of poverty. However, it was clear that the real intent was to move towards an 'aid for trade' approach to the UK's aid after Brexit, which would have undermined our poverty-focused development
PM's comments on EU citizens condemned
Martin Whitfield MP has joined parliamentary colleagues in condemning the Prime Minister's recent remarks about EU citizens 'jumping the queue' during a speech at the CBI conference.read this post
Mr Whitfield has signed a parliamentary Early Day Motion on the issue which condemns Mrs May's words and expresses gratitude for the contribution citizens of other EU states have made to the UK.
Martin Whitfield MP said:
"The Prime Minister's comment about EU citizens living and working in the UK 'jumping the queue' were wrong and offensive. Millions of ci
Questioning the PM on Article 50 ruling
Speaking during the Prime Minister's latest statement to the House of Commons on the UK's plans for exiting the EU, Martin Whitfield MP asked Theresa May about the implications of the European Court of Justice's ruling on the UK being able to unilaterally revoke Article 50.read this post
Highlighting the fact that the EU maintain they will not renegotiate with the British Government, Mr Whitfield suggested to the PM that the ECJ ruling gives the UK a way of avoiding the risk of leaving the EU without a deal.
Speaking after the statement, Martin Whitfie
Marking International Human Rights Day
Today is International Human Rights Day, the annual celebration of human rights across the globe.read this post
It is 70 years since the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - a ground-breaking document which set out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected.
It is also 20 years since the Labour Government passed its Human Rights Act, which incorporated into UK law the rights contained in the European Convention on Human Rights.
Speaking about his support for the day, Martin Whitfield