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Parliament is now dissolved


I am not currently an MP, as Parliament has been dissolved until after the General Election. During the election period I am unable to take on any new casework, although my staff can deal with existing cases. Please note that this also means my advice surgeries are cancelled for the duration of the election campaign. [...]

Parliament is now dissolved2019-11-08T13:18:57+00:00

EDM marks Taylor’s world title win


Prestonpans' Josh Taylor's latest victory, becoming a double world champion with the defeat of Regis Prograis, has been marked at Westminster by Martin Whitfield MP. Mr Whitfield has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) welcoming Josh's achievement on the weekend, which has seen him compared with Scotland's greatest boxers. Martin Whitfield MP said: "Josh's latest [...]

EDM marks Taylor’s world title win2019-10-29T16:57:22+00:00

Martin welcomes Brexit extension


Martin Whitfield MP has welcomed the EU27 announcement that it has agreed it will accept the UK's request for a Brexit flextension until 31 January 2020. Speaking about the decision, Martin Whitfield MP said: “This is a vital development, meaning Boris Johnson has failed to deliver his ‘do or die’ pledge. “We are not leaving [...]

Martin welcomes Brexit extension2019-10-28T13:49:54+00:00

Visting Musselburgh Athletic FC


Martin Whitfield MP has visited Musselburgh Athletic FC to catch up with club President Karl Cleghorn and discuss the club's exciting plans for the future. His visit came just days after it was announced that Mussleburgh, Haddington and Tranent will receive support from East Lothian Council to install floodlights at their stadiums. Martin Whitfield MP [...]

Visting Musselburgh Athletic FC2019-10-30T23:13:02+00:00

Voter ID plans attempt to stop some people voting


Martin Whitfield MP has accused the government of planning a “clearly discriminatory” and “blatant” attempt to effectively take the vote away from poorer people and many young and elderly voters, using proposals to demand official photo ID at the ballot box before voting. Across the UK, out of more than 44 million votes cast in [...]

Voter ID plans attempt to stop some people voting2019-10-28T12:52:02+00:00

Attending Longniddry One World Night


Martin Whitfield MP attended and spoke at yesterday evening's One World Night event hosted by Longniddry Parish Church. The subject for the evening was the plight of women, men and children from around the world who become refugees, asylum seekers or trafficked people. The discussion was led by Dr Sabir Zazai, Chief Executive of the [...]

Attending Longniddry One World Night2019-10-28T12:40:52+00:00

#AnyDisabilitySign at Preston Tower Primary


Martin Whitfield has visited his former school to help unveil the new Any Disability Sign, the successor to Grace's Sign, which helps foster understanding of the needs of those living with hidden disabilities. Preston Tower Primary School, formerly Prestonpans Primary School, was the first place to put up Grace's Sign, some four years ago when [...]

#AnyDisabilitySign at Preston Tower Primary2019-10-25T22:48:46+00:00

Supporting Scottish Poppy Appeal launch


Martin Whitfield MP has attended the annual reception for the launch of the Scottish Poppy Appeal  at the Scotland Office in Whitehall to represent East Lothian and show his support for this year's appeal. Mr Whitfield joined parliamentary colleagues from across Scotland, including the Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, Lesley Laird MP, as well [...]

Supporting Scottish Poppy Appeal launch2019-10-25T15:28:59+00:00

Martin reselected as parliamentary candidate


Local Labour Party branches have unanimously chosen Martin Whitfield to continue as the party's candidate at the next general election. Mr whitfield, who has served as East Lothian's MP since the last election in June 2017, will now go forward as Labour's candidate here whenever the next election is called. Speaking after the decision, Martin [...]

Martin reselected as parliamentary candidate2019-10-24T10:26:18+00:00

Martin backs plan to scrap Universal Credit


Martin Whitfield MP has welcomed the announcement that a Labour government would scrap Universal Credit (UC) and replace it with a social security system that focuses on “alleviating and ending poverty, not driving people into it”. The move comes after a year-long review into the social security system by Labour’s Work, Pensions and Equality Policy [...]

Martin backs plan to scrap Universal Credit2019-10-22T16:10:18+00:00