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So far Martin Whitfield MP has created 349 blog entries.

Trees planted as part of Commonwealth initiative

2019-02-21T14:30:21+00:00

Martin Whitfield MP has joined over 500 other MPs in planting trees as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, a network of forest conservation initiatives to mark Her Majesty's lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. The MP was joined by pupils from Prestonpans Primary School to plant the trees in the school grounds. They were [...]

Trees planted as part of Commonwealth initiative 2019-02-21T14:30:21+00:00

Financial support for people on UC

2019-02-20T18:47:40+00:00

Today, Martin Whitfield MP met with Laura Buick, Financial Inclusion Advisor with East Lothian Council, to discuss the advice and support she can offer local people on Universal Credit. Residents who are struggling to budget their money can obtain financial planning advice from Laura to help them look at flexible options and any other benefits or [...]

Financial support for people on UC 2019-02-20T18:47:40+00:00

Martin welcomes replay racing cards launch

2019-02-21T14:34:04+00:00

Martin Whitfield MP has welcomed the launch of a new range of horseracing Replay Reminiscence cards designed to aid sporting memories for people living with dementia, depression or loneliness. The launch took place at Musselburgh Racecourse where eight-time Champion Jockey Peter Scudamore shared some of his own memories from his distinguished racing career. The cards, [...]

Martin welcomes replay racing cards launch 2019-02-21T14:34:04+00:00

Praise for day centre’s ongoing success

2019-02-22T13:09:41+00:00

Martin Whitfield MP has visited the Hollies Day Centre in Musselburgh to meet staff and services users and congratulate them on their latest successes, including their £120,000 lottery award. Speaking afterwards, Martin Whitfield MP said: “The Hollies Day Centre is a much-loved community facility which does an amazing job for older people in Musselburgh. “I [...]

Praise for day centre’s ongoing success 2019-02-22T13:09:41+00:00

Visiting innovative Fa’side Fridge project

2019-02-19T16:39:13+00:00

Martin Whitfield MP has visited an innovative Tranent-based project which aims to support and promote the adoption of healthier meal options by local people. The Fa’side Fridge project provides a friendly, safe and non-judgemental social space where parents, carers and families can meet for tea and a chat whilst accessing healthy food and advice relevant [...]

Visiting innovative Fa’side Fridge project 2019-02-19T16:39:13+00:00

ScotRail reply still not good enough

2019-02-21T15:31:34+00:00

Martin Whitfield MP and Iain Gray MSP have vowed to keep up the pressure on ScotRail and the Transport Secretary to deliver the modern, reliable rail service commuters in East Lothian need. The renewed commitment to campaigning for rail change follows another disappointing response from ScotRail to the parliamentarians’ letter last month challenging ScotRail’s chief [...]

ScotRail reply still not good enough 2019-02-21T15:31:34+00:00

Debating Brexit with local Fabians

2019-02-18T16:43:52+00:00

With less than 1000 hours before the UK is due to leave the European Union, today's East Lothian Fabians' AGM focused on the issue and, specifically, the danger posed by a no-deal Brexit. Martin Whitfield MP was the guest speaker as members considered how we can avoid a no-deal departure from the EU, with all the consequent [...]

Debating Brexit with local Fabians 2019-02-18T16:43:52+00:00

Voting to extend Article 50

2019-02-18T16:47:29+00:00

Ahead of last night's Commons defeat for Theresa May, Martin Whitfield MP supported an SNP amendment calling for the extension of Article 50 before 29th March to delay Britain’s exit from the EU. While Labour MPs were whipped to abstain on the amendment, a number of Labour MPs, including Mr Whitfield, voted for it. However, [...]

Voting to extend Article 50 2019-02-18T16:47:29+00:00

Hollies Day Centre funding welcomed

2019-02-18T17:01:58+00:00

Martin Whitfield MP has welcomed the announcement that the Hollies Day Centre has been successful in securing a total of £120,000 funding from the Big Lottery Fund Scotland. This award will support the Hollies to provide a range of activities for people aged over 60 including a daily lunch club, exercise classes and intergenerational activities with children from [...]

Hollies Day Centre funding welcomed 2019-02-18T17:01:58+00:00

Backing Time for Better Pay campaign

2019-02-19T14:11:32+00:00

As part of their Time For Better Pay campaign, shopworkers' union Usdaw are calling on the Government to tackle in-work poverty and strengthen workers’ rights. The union's survey of 10,500 low-paid workers showed that many are struggling to make ends meet, and it is urging the Government to introduce: A minimum wage of £10 for [...]

Backing Time for Better Pay campaign 2019-02-19T14:11:32+00:00