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Latest News –  Martin Whitfield MP

2208, 2019

Supporting call for shared banking hubs

By |August 22nd, 2019|

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has launched a new #FSBmyTown campaign to rejuvenate our towns, setting out how it believes we can secure their long-term future. The new report “Transforming Towns” outlines action on seven key challenges, from empty property to building low carbon infrastructure, to reverse the impact of 414 major store and bank closures seen in our towns since 2016. Martin Whitfield MP is supporting the campaign, especially its call for the UK Government to instruct banks to deliver on their shared hubs promise for communities impacted by branch closures. Speaking about the campaign, Mr Whitfield said: [...]

2208, 2019

Backing Elements in Danger campaign

By |August 22nd, 2019|

It is estimated there could be as many as 40 million electronic devices such as phones and smart TVs containing rare precious elements stockpiled in people’s homes across the UK. However, natural sources of six of the elements found in mobile phones are set to run out within the next 100 years, yet the majority of households don’t currently recycle them. Martin Whitfield MP is backing a new campaign by the Royal Society of Chemistry to combat the possibility of these metals running out and encourage people to recycle their devices. Martin Whitfield MP said: "Around one quarter of UK [...]

2108, 2019

Timber homes can help tackle climate emergency

By |August 21st, 2019|

Scotland’s timber industry can help tackle the UK’s housing crisis and the global climate emergency, a Westminster inquiry has heard. An evidence session has been told that conventional housebuilding materials are not adequate to reach the net-zero emission targets set by both the UK and the Scottish governments. Timber is the only material which can lead to a construction project having a negative carbon footprint. If timber frame constructions are used to build 200,000 houses in the UK every year, homes would be built up to 30 per cent faster and it would reduce and store four million tonnes of [...]

2108, 2019

First summer surgery held in Aberlady

By |August 21st, 2019|

Aberlady's Kirk Stables was the venue for the first of Martin Whitfield MP's summer village surgeries yesterday evening. Mr Whitfield holds regular advice surgeries in all of the county's towns, but is supplementing these with other local surgeries and events in communities throughout the constituency. This surgery in Aberlady is the latest event which saw several local people pop in to see him and raise issues of concern. Martin Whitfield MP said: "My primary goal is to be an accessible local MP who gets things done for my constituents. Therefore, it's important to me to get out and about in [...]

2108, 2019

Comment on EU meetings decision

By |August 21st, 2019|

Commenting on the announcement that UK officials will stop attending most EU meetings from 1st September, Martin Whitfield MP said: "The last few days have revealed the true colours of this government and the narrow vision they have for the UK and its place in the world. "The No Deal Brexit being peddled by Boris Johnson will lead to chaos and confusion at our ports, on our roads and in our food supply. We have a Prime Minister who is prepared to play fast and loose with peace in Ireland and readily sacrifice businesses who rely on European trade or [...]

2008, 2019

Praise for Haddington walled garden

By |August 20th, 2019|

The historic Amisfield Walled Garden on the outskirts of Haddington has been praised by local parliamentarians Martin Whitfield MP and Iain Gray MSP following a visit yesterday. The politicians visited the garden to meet Chair Kate Rycroft and volunteer co-ordinator Alasdair McDougall and discuss the latest progress on site and its future development plans. Speaking after the visit, Martin Whitfield MP said: "Over the last few years a dedicated team of volunteers have transformed the walled garden from a sadly neglected state into a beautiful community garden with a venue for education and training for people of all abilities. "It was [...]

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