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Learning how to spot cancer early


Martin Whitfield MP got on board with the campaign to diagnose cancer earlier this week, as Cancer Research UK’s Cancer Awareness roadshow made a special stop at Parliament. Mr Whitfield met with the charity’s roadshow nurses and campaigners to learn more about how cancer affects people in East Lothian. The roadshow team travels across the [...]

Learning how to spot cancer early2019-07-15T14:19:54+01:00

Martin backs social reform in NI


Martin Whitfield MP has backed moves aimed at extending rights on access to abortion and same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. Amendments to the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill on the two issues were today passed in the Commons by substantial majorities. Neither amendment automatically changes the law in Northern Ireland, where same-sex marriage is not [...]

Martin backs social reform in NI2019-07-15T15:38:39+01:00

Timber industries APPG launches housing inquiry


Martin Whitfield MP has hosted the launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Timber Industries' inquiry into how timber can help solve the housing crisis. The House of Commons Library has estimated that between 240,000 and 340,000 new homes need to be built in England per year in order to tackle the existing [...]

Timber industries APPG launches housing inquiry2019-07-15T11:28:39+01:00

Supporting Fa’side Lunch Club


Martin Whitfield MP and Iain Gray MSP have visited the Fa'side Lunch Club at Sanderson's Wynd Primary School to meet the children, staff and volunteers. The club aims to help tackle holiday hunger and provide sporting opportunities, creative play and learning for children in the Fa'side school cluster area, covering Tranent and the surrounding villages. [...]

Supporting Fa’side Lunch Club2019-07-15T15:56:21+01:00

Russian concerns raised with PM


Speaking during the Prime Minister's Statement to Parliament on the G20 Summit, Martin Whitfield MP raised concerns about the Russian Federation's return to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Mr Whitfield listed some of the various serious questions about Russia's conduct on human rights and towards its neighbours, as well as its involvement [...]

Russian concerns raised with PM2019-07-15T13:43:57+01:00

1,800 missing out on Pension Credit


Martin Whitfield MP is supporting Age Scotland's campaign to urge East Lothian pensioners not to miss out on over £4.5 million in unclaimed benefits. New figures reveal that 1,844 households in the constituency are missing out on Pension Credit, costing them an average of £48.73 per week. Not only do they lose vital weekly income, [...]

1,800 missing out on Pension Credit2019-07-15T14:08:45+01:00

Can you help to beat breast cancer this July?


This July, Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now are asking people to get together with friends and family and hold an Afternoon Tea. Breast Cancer Care’s Afternoon Tea fundraiser has been running since 1998, with £740,000 raised last year. The money raised helps enable the charities to carry out more world-class research, provide more life-changing [...]

Can you help to beat breast cancer this July?2019-06-26T10:56:50+01:00

Stay in the EU and keep the UK intact


Writing in today's Edinburgh Evening News, Martin Whitfield MP has outlined why Scottish Labour must campaign vigorously to stay in the EU and keep in the UK intact. Mr Whitfield's article highlights the catastrophic damage that Brexit will cause to Scotland and the UK, and that Scotland leaving the UK would involve years of deep [...]

Stay in the EU and keep the UK intact2019-06-26T10:14:00+01:00

Marking Armed Forces Day 2019


This year's Armed Forces Day is taking place on Saturday 29th June, with events across the UK to celebrate and thank everyone in the Armed Forces community, including the men and women currently serving, veterans, cadets and Service families. Ahead of the day, East Lothian Council has shown the county's support by holding a ceremony [...]

Marking Armed Forces Day 20192019-06-24T21:35:29+01:00

Visiting award-winning local games studio


Martin Whitfield MP and Iain Gray MSP have visited the East Linton office of award-winning games developer 4J Studios following its key role in Minecraft becoming the best selling game of all time. Established in 2005, 4J has its Headquarters in Dundee, while most of the software development work is undertaken in East Linton. It [...]

Visiting award-winning local games studio2019-06-24T16:31:47+01:00