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Latest News –  Martin Whitfield MP

1602, 2019

Debating Brexit with local Fabians

By | February 16th, 2019|

With less than 1000 hours before the UK is due to leave the European Union, today's East Lothian Fabians' AGM focused on the issue and, specifically, the danger posed by a no-deal Brexit. Martin Whitfield MP was the guest speaker as members considered how we can avoid a no-deal departure from the EU, with all the consequent economic and social damage that would cause. Speaking afterwards, Martin Whitfield MP said: "The Fabian Society has a proud track record of facilitating debate and discussion on major policy issues. They don't come any bigger than Brexit and it was inevitable that the local AGM [...]

1502, 2019

Voting to extend Article 50

By | February 15th, 2019|

Ahead of last night's Commons defeat for Theresa May, Martin Whitfield MP supported an SNP amendment calling for the extension of Article 50 before 29th March to delay Britain’s exit from the EU. While Labour MPs were whipped to abstain on the amendment, a number of Labour MPs, including Mr Whitfield, voted for it. However, the amendment still failed, with the government winning 93-315. Martin Whitfield MP said: "It is increasingly clear that the Government is trying to run down the clock on Brexit to back Parliament into the position of either supporting its deal or facing a damaging no-deal [...]

1202, 2019

Hollies Day Centre funding welcomed

By | February 12th, 2019|

Martin Whitfield MP has welcomed the announcement that the Hollies Day Centre has been successful in securing a total of £120,000 funding from the Big Lottery Fund Scotland. This award will support the Hollies to provide a range of activities for people aged over 60 including a daily lunch club, exercise classes and intergenerational activities with children from local primary schools. Speaking about the award, Martin Whitfield MP said: "The Hollies Day Centre is a fantastic local facility which does an amazing job for older people in Musselburgh. "This award is great news for the Centre and the difference it will make to [...]

1202, 2019

Backing Time for Better Pay campaign

By | February 12th, 2019|

As part of their Time For Better Pay campaign, shopworkers' union Usdaw are calling on the Government to tackle in-work poverty and strengthen workers’ rights. The union's survey of 10,500 low-paid workers showed that many are struggling to make ends meet, and it is urging the Government to introduce: A minimum wage of £10 for all workers A minimum contract of 16 hours per week for everyone who wants it A right to a contract based on an individual’s normal hours of work Martin Whitfield MP is backing the campaign to help constituents in East Lothian who face in-work poverty [...]

802, 2019

At re-opening of Prestonpans store

By | February 8th, 2019|

Local MP Martin Whitfield was the special guest at the re-opening of Ferhan Ashiq's re-furbished store on Redburn Road in Prestonpans. Mr Whitfield helped to do the official opening ceremony for the store which was well attended by local people. Speaking afterwards Martin Whitfield MP said: "It was great to see so many local people out today to support Ferhan at the opening of his new look store, which underlined the importance of the store to the local community. "Ferhan has consistently demonstrated a desire to keep innovating and improving the service he provides to customers in Prestonpans and Musselburgh [...]

802, 2019

Visit to new Wallyford Primary School

By | February 8th, 2019|

Martin Whitfield MP has visited East Lothian Council's new Wallyford Primary School for a tour of the state-of-the-art facility. The county's MP joined Education, Chair Cllr Shamin Akhtar, and ward councillors, Cllr Colin Colin McGinn and Cllr Fiona Dugdale, on the visit and was highly impressed by the £18.9million new school. Speaking after the visit, Mr Whitfield said: "It was a great pleasure to visit the new Wallyford Primary School this morning with Fiona, Colin and Shamin. It is an amazing space for the pupils and teachers and I know they can't wait to move in after half-term.  "East Lothian Council, [...]