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Martin’s got the bottle for National Refill Day


This National Refill Day (Wednesday 19th June) Martin Whitfield MP is joining campaigners to urge East Lothian residents to ditch single-use water bottles. Organised by the Refill campaign and Water UK, National Refill Day is calling on parliamentarians to join the British public and stop buying single-use plastic water bottles and pledge to carry a [...]

Martin’s got the bottle for National Refill Day2019-06-19T14:18:29+01:00

Supporting Small Charity Week 2019


17 to 21 June is #SmallCharityWeek and to help mark the week the Small Charities Coalition (SCC), a national membership organisation for 9,000 small charities and supporters, has launched the 'Big Support Small' campaign. The campaign highlights that there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to charities. It will seek to showcase great examples of support between [...]

Supporting Small Charity Week 20192019-06-12T14:23:38+01:00

Attending furniture school graduation ceremony


Martin Whitfield MP has attended the graduation ceremony of the Chippendale International School of Furniture. The local MP joined students, including winner Christian Burt from Portland, Oregon, at the ceremony at the Gifford-based school and said a few words of congratulation for all their hard work and achievements. Martin Whitfield MP said: “I was delighted [...]

Attending furniture school graduation ceremony2019-06-18T09:15:23+01:00

Local fundraiser’s success mentioned in Commons


Local fundraiser Scott Glynn's success in being awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List has been highlighted on the floor of the House of Commons. Speaking during Commons Business Questions, Martin Whitfield MP asked the Leader of the House to join him in congratulating Mr Glynn on his award and the work he [...]

Local fundraiser’s success mentioned in Commons2019-06-13T19:18:05+01:00

New workplace support service launched


Yesterday, Martin Whitfield MP joined a hundred fellow MPs and industry leaders at Parliament for the launch of GroceryAid’s new Workplace Critical Incident Support. The new service, which is funded by the Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust, aims to provide professional counselling support to grocery colleagues in the aftermath of an accident, robbery or assault in [...]

New workplace support service launched2019-06-13T13:54:31+01:00

Attending MS Research Story exhibition


Martin Whitfield MP has attended the MS Society's new exhibition, Multiple Sclerosis - The Research Story, at Parliament. The exhibition aims to raise awareness about the need for investment in MS research so treatments can be found for everyone with the condition. Each of those involved in the exhibition has provided a personal object which [...]

Attending MS Research Story exhibition2019-06-13T14:03:11+01:00

Martin welcomes new Civil Society strategy


Martin Whitfield MP has welcomed the publication of the Labour Party's new Civil Society strategy, which would ensure a new Labour government would embed civil society in government policy development and services. Developed and launched by Shadow Civil Society Minister, Steve Reed MP,  the strategy, From Paternalism to Participation, forms part of the party's plans [...]

Martin welcomes new Civil Society strategy2019-06-13T11:51:44+01:00

Motion highlights local games studio success


Martin Whitfield MP has tabled a parliamentary Early Day Motion welcoming the role of the staff at the 4J Studios office in East Linton in the success of the Minecraft video game. The 4J staff in the company's East Linton office developed Minecraft for games consoles and have subsequently seen more than 76 million copies [...]

Motion highlights local games studio success2019-06-19T12:57:15+01:00

TV licence change to hit 5,500 local households


The BBC has announced that the TV licence concession for over-75s will in future be linked to Pension Credit, a move set to affect some three million pensioner households in the UK, including 5,640 in East Lothian. Responding to the news, Martin Whitfield MP said:  “This announcement is a huge blow to thousands of pensioners [...]

TV licence change to hit 5,500 local households2019-06-11T16:39:43+01:00

Highlighting Carers Week 2019


10 to 16 June is Carers Week, the annual campaign highlighting and celebrating the contribution of unpaid carers across the UK. The week is supported by eight major charities to increase awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the enormous contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. This year [...]

Highlighting Carers Week 20192019-06-19T13:09:09+01:00