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2102, 2019

Trees planted as part of Commonwealth initiative

By | February 21st, 2019|

Martin Whitfield MP has joined over 500 other MPs in planting trees as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, a network of forest conservation initiatives to mark Her Majesty's lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. The MP was joined by pupils from Prestonpans Primary School to plant the trees in the school grounds. They were donated to Mr Whitfield thanks to a partnership between the Woodland Trust, Sainsbury’s and ITV. In April last year the partnership screened a landmark documentary, The Queen's Green Planet, following Her Majesty the Queen and this ambitious legacy project which brings together her deeply held commitment [...]

2002, 2019

Financial support for people on UC

By | February 20th, 2019|

Today, Martin Whitfield MP met with Laura Buick, Financial Inclusion Advisor with East Lothian Council, to discuss the advice and support she can offer local people on Universal Credit. Residents who are struggling to budget their money can obtain financial planning advice from Laura to help them look at flexible options and any other benefits or grants that they might be entitled to. Martin Whitfield MP said: "Universal Credit has had a negative impact on the financial circumstances of many East Lothian residents, driving some into serious debt and poverty.  "Laura's role offers expert financial advice and support to people on [...]

2002, 2019

Martin welcomes replay racing cards launch

By | February 20th, 2019|

Martin Whitfield MP has welcomed the launch of a new range of horseracing Replay Reminiscence cards designed to aid sporting memories for people living with dementia, depression or loneliness. The launch took place at Musselburgh Racecourse where eight-time Champion Jockey Peter Scudamore shared some of his own memories from his distinguished racing career. The cards, which feature the great and the good of horseracing throughout history, have been developed in partnership with charity Racing Welfare who hold regular Sporting Memories sessions across the country. Martin Whitfield MP said: “I was delighted to attend the launch of the Sporting Memories Foundation’s new [...]

1902, 2019

Praise for day centre’s ongoing success

By | February 19th, 2019|

Martin Whitfield MP has visited the Hollies Day Centre in Musselburgh to meet staff and services users and congratulate them on their latest successes, including their £120,000 lottery award. Speaking afterwards, Martin Whitfield MP said: “The Hollies Day Centre is a much-loved community facility which does an amazing job for older people in Musselburgh. “I was pleased to visit the Centre to meet staff, volunteers and some of the local people who use its services and congratulate them on their latest success in securing this lottery funding. “It’s great news for the Centre and will help it to keep making [...]

1902, 2019

Visiting innovative Fa’side Fridge project

By | February 19th, 2019|

Martin Whitfield MP has visited an innovative Tranent-based project which aims to support and promote the adoption of healthier meal options by local people. The Fa’side Fridge project provides a friendly, safe and non-judgemental social space where parents, carers and families can meet for tea and a chat whilst accessing healthy food and advice relevant to their needs. The project offers the opportunity to try new foods and to obtain advice on healthy food choices, cookery skills and nutrition, in order to encourage healthy affordable eating for the whole family. The project is being delivered in an innovative partnership between [...]

1802, 2019

ScotRail reply still not good enough

By | February 18th, 2019|

Martin Whitfield MP and Iain Gray MSP have vowed to keep up the pressure on ScotRail and the Transport Secretary to deliver the modern, reliable rail service commuters in East Lothian need. The renewed commitment to campaigning for rail change follows another disappointing response from ScotRail to the parliamentarians’ letter last month challenging ScotRail’s chief to meet promises made by the company on the county’s rail services. ScotRail’s reply reiterates the same excuses the company has used before, including the late arrival of new and refurbished trains and industrial action, and outlines the measures it is taking to improve local [...]