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Martin votes for Brexit deal delay


Martin Whitfield MP joined the majority of MPs in supporting a motion tabled by Sir Oliver Letwin that "withholds approval" for Boris Johnson's Brexit deal until legislation implementing it has been passed. The Letwin amendment was carried by just 16 votes, by 322 to 306. It was due to be followed by a vote on [...]

Martin votes for Brexit deal delay2019-10-19T22:40:01+01:00

Why Martin will vote against the deal


Writing in today's Scotsman newspaper, Martin Whitfield MP has set out why he will be voting against Boris Johnson's new EU withdrawal deal tomorrow. He highlights his view that there is no such thing as a good Brexit deal, his concern that Johnson's deal is simply a gateway to a hard Brexit and the threat [...]

Why Martin will vote against the deal2019-10-18T14:45:00+01:00

Whisky tariffs are ‘hammer blow’ for industry


A 25 per cent tariff has today been implemented on US imports of single malt Scotch whisky and liqueurs. The move is particularly damaging for smaller producers, which stand to be the hardest hit. Martin Whitfield MP last week wrote a letter to the US Ambassador to the UK to request an urgent meeting on [...]

Whisky tariffs are ‘hammer blow’ for industry2019-10-18T15:14:26+01:00

Martin welcomes call to invest in libraries


A new report on the continuing importance of libraries in people's lives and the urgent need for additional resources to maintain library provision across the UK has been welcomed by Martin Whitfield MP. Public Libraries: The Case for Support was launched in Parliament this week with The Big Issue and Library Champion Bobby Seagull joining [...]

Martin welcomes call to invest in libraries2019-10-17T16:29:51+01:00

Comment on no-deal Union risk report


The Institute for Government (IFG) has warned in a new report that a no-deal Brexit risks taking the Union to ‘breaking point’. The IFG's report has noted a drop in engagement with devolved governments since Boris Johnson became prime minister, and has said: "A no-deal Brexit would be a high stakes gamble with the future [...]

Comment on no-deal Union risk report2019-10-16T11:02:34+01:00

Martin pledges support for local shops 


Martin Whitfield MP has pledged support for convenience stores in East Lothian following the Association of Convenience Stores’ Heart of the Community reception in Parliament to celebrate the essential role that local shops play in our communities. ACS’ Heart of the Community is an annual event which brings together retailers from across the convenience sector [...]

Martin pledges support for local shops 2019-10-17T12:22:34+01:00

Small businesses urged to join campaign day


Small Business Saturday, the annual campaign to celebrate small businesses across the UK, is back again on 7th December, and Martin Whitfield MP and Iain Gray MSP are urging local small businesses to get involved in the day this year. Now in its seventh year, Small Business Saturday encourages customers across the UK to go [...]

Small businesses urged to join campaign day2019-10-14T17:38:52+01:00

Meeting demanded with US Ambassador


A cross-party group of Scottish MPs has written to the US Ambassador to demand a meeting over ‘devastating’ plans for import tariffs on Scotch whisky. The letter to Woody Johnson, US Ambassador to the UK, has been authored by East Lothian Labour MP Martin Whitfield and signed by 13 MPs from Labour, the SNP, the [...]

Meeting demanded with US Ambassador2019-10-15T19:04:09+01:00

Fraser Centre progress welcomed


The transformation of the Fraser Centre in Tranent has been welcomed by Martin Whitfield MP and Iain Gray MSP following their preview visit to the local arts and community hub. The parliamentarians were invited to the site by Fraser Centre Development Manager David Orr to see the final stages of the new-build project and be [...]

Fraser Centre progress welcomed2019-10-16T10:22:26+01:00

Visit to Tranent sheltered housing


As part of this year's Challenge Poverty week activities, Martin Whitfield MP has visited Well Wynd sheltered housing in Tranent to speak to residents and promote the uptake of pension credit. Mr Whitfield chatted to residents about a range of different issues including the impact of cuts to the central funding received by East Lothian [...]

Visit to Tranent sheltered housing2019-10-14T18:07:42+01:00
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