Latest News –  Martin Whitfield MP

1909, 2019

Comment on ‘Cameron Years’ Brexit revelations

By |September 19th, 2019|

Martin Whitfield MP has hit out at former Tory Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne following remarks made in a BBC One programme set to be aired this evening. Mr Osborne tells 'The Cameron Years' programme that he is “very sorry for what happened” and admits he feels “responsible” because of his role of Chancellor of the Exchequer, adding that “we held a referendum we should never have held” and “the consequences for the country are grave.” He also criticises Cameron’s own approach saying:  “David Cameron was just one of a number of British Prime Ministers who had [...]

1909, 2019

Report underlines impact of UC

By |September 19th, 2019|

A new report into child poverty in East Lothian has revealed that the number of youngsters living in poverty increases in areas where more families are on Universal Credit. The report from East Lothian Council states that the new benefit has had a 'profound' effect on families, with an increase in in-work poverty, foodbank referrals and cases being presented to children's services since the introduction of the new system. Commenting on the report's finding, Martin Whitfield MP said: “This report confirms what many of us said would happen following the introduction of Universal Credit and the negative impact we saw [...]

1809, 2019

Visit to DadsWork community project

By |September 18th, 2019|

This morning Martin Whitfield MP visited DadsWork at its Musselburgh base to attend one the community project's weekly drop-in support groups for local dads. The support groups take place in Prestonpans on Tuesdays and Musselburgh on Wednesdays and offer local dads a safe place to meet other dads and talk about their experiences. Speaking afterwards, Martin Whitfield MP said: "I want to thank Kevin and the members of the group for welcoming me along today and allowing me to catch up on the project's important activity. "DadsWork does fantastic work with local fathers and male care givers, including its support [...]

1709, 2019

Attending Dunbar Community Council

By |September 17th, 2019|

Martin Whitfield MP has attended a meeting of Dunbar Community Council to hear more about the latest developments in the area. Speaking after the meeting, Martin Whitfield MP said: "East Lothian's network of community councils undertake vitally important work representing, developing and defending the interests of their communities and people.   "Last night I attended Dunbar Community Council and thank them for having me as their guest. It was great to learn more about the good work being done in the community and hear at first hand some of the challenges faced too." Find out more about the work of [...]

1709, 2019

Helping fight dementia misconceptions

By |September 17th, 2019|

Martin Whitfield MP is joining Alzheimer’s Research UK to call for greater awareness of dementia and the need for more research. His support comes ahead of World Alzheimer’s Day (Saturday 21 September) and as the charity launches a major new awareness campaign fronted by Samuel L. Jackson. Despite dementia now being the UK’s leading cause of death, a recent poll found that 22 per cent still incorrectly believe that dementia is an inevitable part of getting older. Alzheimer’s Research has joined forces with Samuel L. Jackson for the #ShareTheOrange campaign to highlight that physical diseases cause dementia using an orange [...]

1609, 2019

CAS EU Citizens Support Service

By |September 16th, 2019|

Last month, Citizens Advice Scotland announced that its telephone service aimed at helping EU, EEA and Swiss nationals stay in Scotland after Brexit has expanded to a full time service, with additional support from advisors in Bureaux and officers working in communities around the country. Martin Whitfield MP is urging any EU, EEA or Swiss citizens in Scotland looking for advice and support to remain here to call the EU Citizens Support service helpline, on 0800 916 9847.   The service, funded by both the UK and Scottish Governments, is specifically focused on people who:   • have difficulty accessing [...]

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