North Berwick High's model UN conference
Martin Whitfield MP has attended North Berwick High School's third Model United Nations (MUN) conference.read this post
Delegates at MUN conferences take on the role of representatives of UN member states in various committees, like the Security Council and General Assembly, debating current global issues from their country’s viewpoint.
The school organised its first event back in 2016 after having participated in model UN conferences at other schools previously. Among the topics discussed this year were rising sea levels, mental health, child labour
Aberlady concludes parliament week visits
Aberlady Primary School was the last destination for Martin Whitfield MP as he concluded a series of visits to local schools for this year's UK Parliament Week.read this post
The school invited Mr Whitfield to visit to talk to pupils about his role as the county's MP and how decisions are made at the Westminster Parliament.
Speaking after his visit, Martin Whitfield MP said:
"I was pleased to make the last of my UK Parliament Week school visits to Aberlady Primary School. I spoke to the whole school about how decisions are made at the UK Parliament
Challenging PM on EU negotiations
Speaking during the Prime Minister's statement on the government's negotiations on leaving the EU, Martin Whitfield MP asked Mrs May what the risk to the UK and East Lothian is of Brexit not happening.read this post
The question followed the Prime Minister having referred to the 'risk' of no Brexit in her answers to other MPs.
Speaking after the statement, Martin Whitfield MP said:
"The Prime Minister has negotiated a weak draft deal with little support in Parliament or the country. She has tried to portray it as a false choice between her deal or n
Comment on Brexit statement
Reacting to the publication of the Government's draft EU withdrawal agreement and the Prime Minister's statement in Parliament, Martin Whitfield MP said:read this post
"I continue to fully support our continued membership of the Customs Union and Single Market if we leave the EU. I also believe we should have a ‘People's Vote’ on any Brexit deal that Theresa May brings back to parliament.
"On Wednesday, we discovered the draft terms of our withdrawal, which is still due to take place in March 2019. I believe the Prime Minister has brought back a we
Call for better business banking to boost economy
Speaking at a round table discussion on new research into how better business banking can boost the economy, Martin Whitfield MP has argued that banks must work urgently to re-establish trust and confidence between SMEs and the banking industry.read this post
Mr Whitfield was speaking at an event hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Fair Business Banking, for the launch of a report on research commissioned by TSB on the impact of better banking and business services on the productivity of British SMEs.
The TSB's ‘Boosting Local Bus