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So far Martin Whitfield MP has created 383 blog entries.

Supporting Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

2019-04-15T13:46:12+00:00

Martin Whitfield MP is supporting Bowel Cancer UK’s campaign #thisisbowelcancer, to shine a light on the varied and many people affected by bowel cancer as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month this April. Every 15 minutes in the UK somebody is diagnosed with bowel cancer. Young, old, female or male – it affects us all. [...]

Supporting Bowel Cancer Awareness Month 2019-04-15T13:46:12+00:00

Guide Dogs day raised in Commons

2019-04-12T22:14:27+00:00

Martin Whitfield MP has urged the Government to hold a debate recognising the vital role of assistance dogs ahead of this year's International Guide Dogs Day on Wednesday 24th April. Mr Whitfield raised the issue at Business Questions in the Commons and also took the opportunity to highlight Iain Gray MSP's guide dog puppy Giles [...]

Guide Dogs day raised in Commons 2019-04-12T22:14:27+00:00

Martin backs new Parkinson’s Is campaign

2019-04-10T12:17:19+00:00

Martin Whitfield MP is backing a major charity campaign to shine a spotlight on Parkinson’s, to raise understanding of and change attitudes towards the condition. Parkinson’s UK Parkinson’s Is campaign, which launches on World Parkinson’s Day (11 April), aims to shatter public misconceptions about the condition by highlighting the reality of everyday life for those [...]

Martin backs new Parkinson’s Is campaign 2019-04-10T12:17:19+00:00

Step forward on East Linton station welcomed

2019-04-12T22:55:35+00:00

County parliamentarians Martin Whitfield MP and Iain Gray MSP have welcomed the inclusion of East Linton station in a newly-published rail delivery plans for the next five years. The Network Rail Control Period (CP) 6 Delivery Plan for Scotland, which covers the period 2019 to 2024, mentions enhancement of the East Coast Main Line corridor [...]

Step forward on East Linton station welcomed 2019-04-12T22:55:35+00:00

Grace’s Sign is centre stage at PMQs

2019-04-03T16:33:48+00:00

The campaigning activity of local schoolgirl Grace Warnock to raise awareness of the right of people with ‘invisible’ disabilities to use accessible toilets has been raised at Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons. Martin Whitfield MP highlighted the Grace’s Sign campaign and asked the Prime Minister to endorse the campaign’s objective of standardising [...]

Grace’s Sign is centre stage at PMQs 2019-04-03T16:33:48+00:00

Call for rural roaming to tackle mobile blackspots

2019-04-02T10:09:02+00:00

Martin Whitfield MP has joined a cross-party group of colleagues who have written to the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Wright MP, to ask the Government to make a requirement that network operators enable roaming between providers to improve mobile coverage in rural areas. In some parts of the country, mainly in rural areas, patchy, intermittent coverage [...]

Call for rural roaming to tackle mobile blackspots 2019-04-02T10:09:02+00:00

Time to declare environment & climate emergency

2019-04-03T13:33:25+00:00

Martin Whitfield MP has backed Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary Sue Hayman’s call for Michael Gove to declare a national climate and environment emergency. Labour’s announcement follows a wave of motions passed by local councils declaring a climate emergency and a call to action to prevent a dangerous rise in global temperatures by radically transforming our [...]

Time to declare environment & climate emergency 2019-04-03T13:33:25+00:00

How Martin voted on indicative votes

2019-03-28T16:59:07+00:00

Yesterday, MPs had the opportunity to vote on eight different proposals for the future of Brexit in order to try and determine a way forward. Options considered by the House of Commons included leaving without a deal, a customs union with the EU and a confirmatory public vote on any deal agreed by Parliament. Speaking after [...]

How Martin voted on indicative votes 2019-03-28T16:59:07+00:00

Bank closures underline need for regulation

2019-03-26T09:52:04+00:00

New figures released by Which UK? showing that Scotland lost over a third of its bank and building society branches in just eight years, underline concerns that without Government intervention Scotland could be subject to a crisis in access to banking services. The losses of bank branches have been accompanied by a sharp rise in [...]

Bank closures underline need for regulation 2019-03-26T09:52:04+00:00

Voting to take back control

2019-03-26T10:30:24+00:00

This evening Martin Whitfield MP joined the majority of his fellow MPs to vote in favour of Parliament taking control of the Brexit process from the Government. Mr Whitfield voted voted for the amendment tabled by Oliver Letwin, which succeeded by a margin of 329 votes to 302, before going on to back the amended [...]

Voting to take back control 2019-03-26T10:30:24+00:00