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Concerns highlighted on epilepsy and PIP

2019-02-28T10:53:23+00:00

Martin Whitfield MP has tabled a parliamentary Early Day Motion (EDM) highlighting concerns about the high number of people with epilepsy being denied Personal Independence Payment (PIP). Mr Whitfield's motion follows a new campaign on the issue by Epilepsy Scotland which is highlighting that since the introduction of this benefit the DWP has denied PIP [...]

Concerns highlighted on epilepsy and PIP 2019-02-28T10:53:23+00:00

Time to get more drastic on plastic

2019-02-26T15:26:37+00:00

Local MP Martin Whitfield has given his backing to ambitious new plans to get more drastic on plastic and tackle the growing global plastic pollution crisis. Mr Whitfield attended a Friends of the Earth and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes event at Parliament where the two organisations outlined a whole new legislative approach to [...]

Time to get more drastic on plastic 2019-02-26T15:26:37+00:00

Visit to Heavy Sound CIC

2019-02-26T14:25:02+00:00

Martin Whitfield MP has visited a local project which offers young people aged 13-25 years the opportunity to engage in unique approaches to development and learning through music. Heavy Sound is a community interest company with a studio in Tranent. It specialises in delivering music projects for young people who are at-risk, in areas of [...]

Visit to Heavy Sound CIC 2019-02-26T14:25:02+00:00

Martin visits local befriending service

2019-02-25T09:28:36+00:00

Martin Whitfield MP has visited local befriending service Home-Start East Lothian to meet staff and trustees, including Senior Co-ordinator, Kay Pollock, and Chairperson, Mary MacLeod, for an update on its work. The charity, which works with local families with children under five, continues to deliver an excellent service locally, as well as being a key [...]

Martin visits local befriending service 2019-02-25T09:28:36+00:00

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