Martin visits Carefree Kids charity
Martin Whitfield MP has visited a local children’s charity to find out more about its work supporting local children and families.read this post
Tranent-based Carefree Kids, which promotes child and family health and home safety, offers a range of local services, including a safety equipment local scheme, toy library and school uniform bank.
Mr Whitfield met with the charity’s Project Manager, Paula Edmond, and Chair, James Bruce, to find out more about its current activity and future plans.
Speaking after his visit, Martin Whitfield MP said:
Martin votes against PM's deal
Martin Whitfield MP has again voted against the Prime Minister's proposed EU withdrawal agreement, on the second meaningful vote in Parliament.read this post
Mrs May's deal was defeated for a second time, by a margin of 149 votes. Mr Whitfield spoke out against the deal during the debate on the Prime Minister's plans declaring he would vote against the deal in order to serve the interests of East Lothian and its next generation.
Speaking after the vote, Martin Whitfield MP said:
"Nothing had changed with the Prime Minister's deal since we last voted
Martin welcomes cash review’s recommendations
Martin Whitfield MP has welcomed recommendations made in the final report of the Access to Cash review, which was launched last year to consider the UK’s need for cash in the future.read this post
The report concludes that digital payments do not yet work for everyone and that around eight million adults (17% of the population) would struggle to cope in a cashless society.
In light of this ongoing need for cash, one of the report’s key recommendations is that consumers need a guarantee that they can access and use cash for as long as they need it.
Backing for climate action youth strikes
Martin Whitfield MP has co-sponsored a parliamentary Early Day Motion (EDM) supporting the nationwide youth strikes for action on climate change.read this post
Tabled by fellow Scottish Labour MP, Ian Murray, the motion notes the concerns of young people on climate change and congratulates those who have taken a stand on the issue.
The motion also calls on the Government to meet with representatives of the UK Student Climate Network to discuss their demands and present a plan of action to the House of Commons by the end of May.
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Meeting with NFUS representatives
Martin Whitfield MP has met with representatives of the National Farmers Union Scotland at Westminster for an update on some of the challenges facing farmers in Scotland.read this post
Among the issues discussed were some of the many legislative challenges associated with Brexit, the current state of the Agriculture Bill and just how important rural businesses are to East Lothian's economy.
Martin Whitfield MP said:
"It was great to catch up with some of the team from NFU Scotland, including its President, Andrew McCornick. The agricultural sector i