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Latest News –  Martin Whitfield MP

1812, 2018

Energy Price Cap on the way

By | December 18th, 2018|

Martin Whitfield MP is highlighting the potential for the Energy Price Cap, which comes into effect on 1 January 2019, to save money for energy consumers in East Lothian. The new cap, which was a Labour idea at the 2015 general election and which the current Tory government has only introduced after pressure from its won backbenchers, will give new powers to the energy regulator, Ofgem, to cap the prices customers on default tariffs pay for their electricity and gas. Martin Whitfield MP said: "Earlier this year,  following pressure from Labour and her own backbenches, Theresa May finally recognised that [...]

1712, 2018

First Constituency Report published

By | December 17th, 2018|

Martin Whitfield MP has published a constituency report covering key aspects of his work representing East Lothian over the last 18 months. It highlights some of the main work Mr Whitfield has undertaken in Parliament and in the constituency to represent the interests of East Lothian and its people since being elected in June last year. The report is digital, as MPs do not have the resources available to them to publish annual reports in the way that MSPs do, and can be viewed here Martin Whitfield MP said: "At last year's general election, I promised to be a dedicated [...]

1412, 2018

Thanking our local posties this Christmas

By | December 14th, 2018|

County parliamentarians Martin Whitfield MP and Iain Gray MSP have both visited local Royal Mail delivery offices to see first-hand the operation of delivering Christmas post and to pass on early Season’s Greetings to its dedicated, hardworking staff. Mr Whitfield was shown around the Tranent delivery office and introduced to the postmen and women, who will be pulling out all the stops to sort and deliver mail in the forthcoming busy Christmas period, while Mr Gray made a similar visit to the North Berwick delivery office. The Festive Season is Royal Mail’s busiest period, as millions of people shop online [...]

1212, 2018

Martin backs effort to defeat ‘aid for trade’ bill

By | December 12th, 2018|

Working with Labour colleagues, Martin Whitfield MP has today helped defeat a ten minute rule motion from Tory MP James Cleverly to debate his proposed new bill which called for the creation of an International Trade and Development Agency. The intention of the bill was supposedly to promote the idea that developing countries can trade their way out of poverty. However, it was clear that the real intent was to move towards an 'aid for trade' approach to the UK's aid after Brexit, which would have undermined our poverty-focused development and fair trade. The motion on Mr Cleverly bringing his Bill to [...]

1112, 2018

PM’s comments on EU citizens condemned

By | December 11th, 2018|

Martin Whitfield MP has joined parliamentary colleagues in condemning the Prime Minister's recent remarks about EU citizens 'jumping the queue' during a speech at the CBI conference. Mr Whitfield has signed a parliamentary Early Day Motion on the issue which condemns Mrs May's words and expresses gratitude for the contribution citizens of other EU states have made to the UK. Martin Whitfield MP said: "The Prime Minister's comment about EU citizens living and working in the UK 'jumping the queue' were wrong and offensive. Millions of citizens from other EU nations have come to the UK to make their lives [...]

1012, 2018

Questioning the PM on Article 50 ruling

By | December 10th, 2018|

Speaking during the Prime Minister's latest statement to the House of Commons on the UK's plans for exiting the EU, Martin Whitfield MP asked Theresa May about the implications of the European Court of Justice's ruling on the UK being able to unilaterally revoke Article 50. Highlighting the fact that the EU maintain they will not renegotiate with the British Government, Mr Whitfield suggested to the PM that the ECJ ruling gives the UK a way of avoiding the risk of leaving the EU without a deal. Speaking after the statement, Martin Whitfield MP said: "While I missed out on [...]