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1204, 2019

Supporting Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

By | April 12th, 2019|

Martin Whitfield MP is supporting Bowel Cancer UK’s campaign #thisisbowelcancer, to shine a light on the varied and many people affected by bowel cancer as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month this April. Every 15 minutes in the UK somebody is diagnosed with bowel cancer. Young, old, female or male – it affects us all. Around 268,000 people living in the UK today have been diagnosed with bowel cancer. But it doesn’t just impact the person diagnosed. It affects families, friends and colleagues, doctors and nurses, scientists and researchers. That’s millions of people right across the UK. Bowel cancer is [...]

1004, 2019

Guide Dogs day raised in Commons

By | April 10th, 2019|

Martin Whitfield MP has urged the Government to hold a debate recognising the vital role of assistance dogs ahead of this year's International Guide Dogs Day on Wednesday 24th April. Mr Whitfield raised the issue at Business Questions in the Commons and also took the opportunity to highlight Iain Gray MSP's guide dog puppy Giles who is competing to the be Scottish Parliament's Dog of the Year. Martin Whitfield MP said: "I was pleased to ask the Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom if we can have a debate on the value and importance of assistance dogs to [...]

1004, 2019

Martin backs new Parkinson’s Is campaign

By | April 10th, 2019|

Martin Whitfield MP is backing a major charity campaign to shine a spotlight on Parkinson’s, to raise understanding of and change attitudes towards the condition. Parkinson’s UK Parkinson’s Is campaign, which launches on World Parkinson’s Day (11 April), aims to shatter public misconceptions about the condition by highlighting the reality of everyday life for those living with it and their families. Parkinson’s is a serious neurological condition with more than 40 symptoms that affects people of all ages. It causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time. Currently there is no cure. 12,400 people in Scotland have Parkinson’s [...]

504, 2019

Step forward on East Linton station welcomed

By | April 5th, 2019|

County parliamentarians Martin Whitfield MP and Iain Gray MSP have welcomed the inclusion of East Linton station in a newly-published rail delivery plans for the next five years. The Network Rail Control Period (CP) 6 Delivery Plan for Scotland, which covers the period 2019 to 2024, mentions enhancement of the East Coast Main Line corridor “including early deliverable of new stations at East Linton and Reston”. While no specific date is mentioned for the completion of the project, Mr Gray and Mr Whitfield hope its inclusion in the plan means the important infrastructure will now go ahead by 2024 at [...]

304, 2019

Grace’s Sign is centre stage at PMQs

By | April 3rd, 2019|

The campaigning activity of local schoolgirl Grace Warnock to raise awareness of the right of people with ‘invisible’ disabilities to use accessible toilets has been raised at Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons. Martin Whitfield MP highlighted the Grace’s Sign campaign and asked the Prime Minister to endorse the campaign’s objective of standardising toilet signage to help avoid anyone with hidden disabilities from experiencing negative comments or abuse when using accessible toilets. In her reply to Mr Whitfield, Theresa May praised Grace and warmly welcomed the campaign and the role it has played in raising awareness of these [...]

104, 2019

Call for rural roaming to tackle mobile blackspots

By | April 1st, 2019|

Martin Whitfield MP has joined a cross-party group of colleagues who have written to the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Wright MP, to ask the Government to make a requirement that network operators enable roaming between providers to improve mobile coverage in rural areas. In some parts of the country, mainly in rural areas, patchy, intermittent coverage means that many people have limited or no access to mobile coverage. The co-signatories of the letter supported the Government’s Strategic Priorities for Ofcom, the telecommunications regulator, which calls on the authority to fully consider the costs and benefits of roaming in rural areas. Whilst [...]