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Latest News –  Martin Whitfield MP

2009, 2018

Parliamentarians hosting ‘Thank You’ movement event

By | September 20th, 2018|

Martin Whitfield MP and Iain Gray MSP are hosting a fundraising event in support of Poppyscotland and Legion Scotland’s ‘Thank You’ movement, ahead of the Centenary of the end of World War One later this year. The parliamentarians are holding a coffee morning on Friday 26th October at the Royal British Legion Club in Prestonpans to support ‘Thank You’, which encourages everyone to show their appreciation for a generation that served, sacrificed and changed our world. All funds raised at the coffee morning, which will take place between 11am and 12:30pm, will be donated to Poppyscotland as part of this [...]

1909, 2018

Construction and Technology Centre employer event

By | September 19th, 2018|

Martin Whitfield MP has attended the official employer launch of the Construction and Technology (CAT) Centre in Musselburgh. The CAT Centre provides young people in S3-S6 with an opportunity to gain experience and qualifications that will enable them to pursue a career in this sector. The young people gain industry relevant qualifications that will support their next steps into a job, further or higher education and Modern and Graduate Level Apprenticeships. At the launch, Mike Scott and Clare Hindle from Musselburgh Grammar School provided an update on the CAT's progress since it started in 2016. Employers also had the chance [...]

1809, 2018

Guide dogs charity briefing

By | September 18th, 2018|

Representatives from Guide Dogs Scotland have briefed local MP Martin Whitfield on making local town centres more accessible for guide dog users and others with visual impairments. Pamela Munro, the charity’s Engagement Officer for East of Scotland, and Shona Black, a volunteer who is herself a guide dog user, met Mr Whitfield at his constituency office before taking him on a walk around Tranent town centre. They highlighted some of the accessibility challenges faced by guide dog users and other visually impaired people in urban environments, including obstacles on pavements, such as parked cars. These are often the greatest problem [...]

1709, 2018

Drop-in session will offer help and advice on UC

By | September 17th, 2018|

A drop-in session on Universal Credit is being held in Musselburgh for people seeking advice and support with the new benefit. Representatives from the DWP, East Lothian Council, Musselburgh CAB, CAPS Independent Advocacy and East Lothian Foodbank have been invited to attend the drop-in event, which is being organised by Martin Whitfield MP. It will take place on Thursday 4th October, between 2pm and 4pm at Northesk Parish Church, New Street, Musselburgh and is open to anyone in East Lothian currently on Universal Credit. Martin Whitfield MP said: “Many people in East Lothian continue to suffer difficulties with Universal Credit. [...]

1409, 2018

Backing campaign to end period poverty

By | September 14th, 2018|

The county's MP Martin Whitfield has given his backing to a new campaign aimed at tackling the scourge of period poverty. The Communication Workers' Union (CWU) Make Period Products Free campaign aims to end period poverty by introducing free sanitary product provision to women and girls on low incomes. Last month the Scottish Government announced that students at schools, colleges and universities across Scotland will have access to free sanitary products as part of a £5.2m scheme to fight period poverty, run in conjunction with East Lothian-based social enterprise Hey Girls. Meanwhile, Scottish Labour MSP Monica Lennon is bringing forward a [...]

1409, 2018

Launch of Holocaust Memorial Day 2019

By | September 14th, 2018|

Martin Whitfield MP listened to Helen Aronson who survived the Holocaust as a teenager and Martin Stern MBE, a survivor of the Holocaust, at the launch event in Parliament for Holocaust Memorial Day 2019. Holocaust Memorial Day, held on 27 January each year, remembers the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, and the millions of people killed under Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. The date marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. Survivor of the Łódź ghetto in Poland, Helen Aronson said: "It is vital that we do everything [...]