Latest News –  Martin Whitfield MP

1910, 2019

Martin votes for Brexit deal delay

By |October 19th, 2019|

Martin Whitfield MP joined the majority of MPs in supporting a motion tabled by Sir Oliver Letwin that "withholds approval" for Boris Johnson's Brexit deal until legislation implementing it has been passed. The Letwin amendment was carried by just 16 votes, by 322 to 306. It was due to be followed by a vote on the main government motion - whether or not to back the deal. But the motion, as amended, was approved by MPs without a vote, as the government effectively accepted defeat. The Government will now move ahead with its Withdrawal Agreement Bill next week. Speaking after [...]

1810, 2019

Why Martin will vote against the deal

By |October 18th, 2019|

Writing in today's Scotsman newspaper, Martin Whitfield MP has set out why he will be voting against Boris Johnson's new EU withdrawal deal tomorrow. He highlights his view that there is no such thing as a good Brexit deal, his concern that Johnson's deal is simply a gateway to a hard Brexit and the threat it poses to the future of the Union. Martin Whitfield MP said: "I have been clear all along that there is no such thing as a good Brexit deal. However, the one Boris Johnson has negotiated is even worse than Theresa May's. "What the Prime [...]

1810, 2019

Whisky tariffs are ‘hammer blow’ for industry

By |October 18th, 2019|

A 25 per cent tariff has today been implemented on US imports of single malt Scotch whisky and liqueurs. The move is particularly damaging for smaller producers, which stand to be the hardest hit. Martin Whitfield MP last week wrote a letter to the US Ambassador to the UK to request an urgent meeting on the issue, signed by a cross-party group of Scottish MPs from Labour, the Conservatives, the SNP and the LibDems. No reply has yet been received. The East Lothian constituency includes the Glenkinchie distillery. Martin Whitfield MP said: “The introduction of tariffs is a hammer blow [...]

1710, 2019

Martin welcomes call to invest in libraries

By |October 17th, 2019|

A new report on the continuing importance of libraries in people's lives and the urgent need for additional resources to maintain library provision across the UK has been welcomed by Martin Whitfield MP. Public Libraries: The Case for Support was launched in Parliament this week with The Big Issue and Library Champion Bobby Seagull joining forces with CILIP, the UK library association, to make the case for long-term sustainable funding for libraries. The report brings together for the first time the best currently-available evidence of the positive impact of libraries on their users, communities, locality and local economy, alongside stories [...]

1610, 2019

Comment on no-deal Union risk report

By |October 16th, 2019|

The Institute for Government (IFG) has warned in a new report that a no-deal Brexit risks taking the Union to ‘breaking point’. The IFG's report has noted a drop in engagement with devolved governments since Boris Johnson became prime minister, and has said: "A no-deal Brexit would be a high stakes gamble with the future of the Union." It states that a no-deal scenario would be particularly controversial in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and argues that the Union will come under direct threat. Commenting on the report, Martin Whitfield MP said: “Boris Johnson is not only gambling with the [...]

1510, 2019

Martin pledges support for local shops 

By |October 15th, 2019|

Martin Whitfield MP has pledged support for convenience stores in East Lothian following the Association of Convenience Stores’ Heart of the Community reception in Parliament to celebrate the essential role that local shops play in our communities. ACS’ Heart of the Community is an annual event which brings together retailers from across the convenience sector to speak to MPs about their business and the challenges that they face on a day to day basis. This year’s reception celebrated positive stories from across the sector and focused on how national policy debates could impact the running of local convenience store businesses. [...]

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