Martin Whitfield MP welcomed today’s proposals to ban banks from charging rip-off unarranged overdraft fees that regularly penalised the most vulnerable customers and cost some people thousands of pounds a year. Mr Whitfield joined with consumer champion Which? and over 80 fellow parliamentarians in May in signing a letter calling on the Financial Conduct Authority to bring an end to these excessive charges. Which? [...]
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Martin Whitfield MP is highlighting the potential for the Energy Price Cap, which comes into effect on 1 January 2019, to save money for energy consumers in East Lothian. The new cap, which was a Labour idea at the 2015 general election and which the current Tory government has only introduced after pressure from its [...]
Martin Whitfield MP has published a constituency report covering key aspects of his work representing East Lothian over the last 18 months. It highlights some of the main work Mr Whitfield has undertaken in Parliament and in the constituency to represent the interests of East Lothian and its people since being elected in June last [...]
County parliamentarians Martin Whitfield MP and Iain Gray MSP have both visited local Royal Mail delivery offices to see first-hand the operation of delivering Christmas post and to pass on early Season’s Greetings to its dedicated, hardworking staff. Mr Whitfield was shown around the Tranent delivery office and introduced to the postmen and women, who [...]
Working with Labour colleagues, Martin Whitfield MP has today helped defeat a ten minute rule motion from Tory MP James Cleverly to debate his proposed new bill which called for the creation of an International Trade and Development Agency. The intention of the bill was supposedly to promote the idea that developing countries can trade their [...]
Martin Whitfield MP has joined parliamentary colleagues in condemning the Prime Minister's recent remarks about EU citizens 'jumping the queue' during a speech at the CBI conference. Mr Whitfield has signed a parliamentary Early Day Motion on the issue which condemns Mrs May's words and expresses gratitude for the contribution citizens of other EU states [...]
Speaking during the Prime Minister's latest statement to the House of Commons on the UK's plans for exiting the EU, Martin Whitfield MP asked Theresa May about the implications of the European Court of Justice's ruling on the UK being able to unilaterally revoke Article 50. Highlighting the fact that the EU maintain they will [...]
Today is International Human Rights Day, the annual celebration of human rights across the globe. It is 70 years since the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - a ground-breaking document which set out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected. It is also 20 years since the [...]
A new campaign to bring to life the impact of universities up and down the country on people, lives and communities has received the backing of Martin Whitfield MP. For the first phase of the campaign, every university has been asked to nominate the one thing from their institution that they are most proud of. [...]
Following shocking figures from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation revealing the scale of poverty in Scotland, Martin Whitfield MP and Iain Gray MSP are urging governments at Westminster and Holyrood to do more to tackle the growing problem. Scottish data from the foundation’s ‘UK Poverty 2018’ report has revealed 1 million people in Scotland are living [...]