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Backing campaign to halt hare coursing
Martin Whitfield MP has given his backing to calls for a crackdown on the cruel and illegal practice of hare coursing.

Hare coursing was banned in Scotland in 2002, yet there have been reports of an apparent upsurge in incidents across Scotland over the last few years, with several being reported in parts of East Lothian.

Charities such as One Kind and the League Against Cruel Sports are calling for reform in sentencing for hare coursing and other wildlife crimes to increase penalties for those found guilty of participating in bloodsports
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Time to replace Universal Credit
Writing in his latest 'Letter from Westminster' column in the Edinburgh Evening News, Martin Whitfield MP has said that Universal Credit is not working and should be replaced.

Mr Whitfield's call came on the back of the Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey admitting that some claimants are worse off under the new benefit and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell declaring that Labour will scrap it.

Martin Whitfield MP said:

"As the first local authority area in Scotland to fully implement UC, East Lothian is in a unique position to asse
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JP Mackintosh essays available online
Martin Whitfield MP has welcomed the Political Quarterly's decision to make some of  John P. Mackintosh's essays on their website.

The former Berwick and East Lothian MP, who died 40 years ago, was also a well-respected academic and the Joint Editor of the Political Quarterly between 1975 and 1978.

Martin Whitfield MP said:

"This year marks 40 years since the untimely death of John P. Mackintosh who represented the Berwick and East Lothian constituency from 1966 to 1978. John was an exceptional MP for East Lothian and also a renowned
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Baby Loss Awareness Week
Martin Whitfield MP has added his voice to calls for all families who experience pregnancy loss or baby death to get the help and support they need.

That is the key message of this year's Baby Loss Awareness Week (9-15 October), the annual campaign to raise awareness about the key issues  surrounding baby loss and the support that is available for bereaved families.

Throughout the week, which is a collaboration between more than 60 charities, bereaved parents, their families and friends, unite with each other and others across the worl
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Breast Cancer Awareness across Europe
Martin Whitfield MP has joined Labour colleagues at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in highlighting breast cancer awareness for the month of October.

Mr Whitfield, Stella Creasy MP, Susan Elan Jones MP and Lord Don Touhig all wore pink to help support and promote breast cancer awareness month.

Martin Whitfield MP said:

"Breast cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer among women across Europe and women in some EU countries face real hurdles to access the information, care and support they need after diagnosis.
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