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2510, 2019

#AnyDisabilitySign at Preston Tower Primary

By |October 25th, 2019|

Martin Whitfield has visited his former school to help unveil the new Any Disability Sign, the successor to Grace's Sign, which helps foster understanding of the needs of those living with hidden disabilities. Preston Tower Primary School, formerly Prestonpans Primary School, was the first place to put up Grace's Sign, some four years ago when she was a pupil at the school. Now the campaign has come full circle with the new Any Disability Sign, which was inspired by Grace's sign and has her support, succeeding the original on the door of an accessible toilet at the school. Martin Whitfield [...]

2410, 2019

Supporting Scottish Poppy Appeal launch

By |October 24th, 2019|

Martin Whitfield MP has attended the annual reception for the launch of the Scottish Poppy Appeal  at the Scotland Office in Whitehall to represent East Lothian and show his support for this year's appeal. Mr Whitfield joined parliamentary colleagues from across Scotland, including the Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, Lesley Laird MP, as well the party's Shadow Defence Secretary, Nia Griffith MP. Speaking after the reception, Martin Whitfield MP said: “I was delighted to join parliamentary colleagues at the Scotland Office to help mark the launch of this year's Scottish Poppy Appeal. "Poppyscotland is a brilliant charity and I [...]

2410, 2019

Martin reselected as parliamentary candidate

By |October 24th, 2019|

Local Labour Party branches have unanimously chosen Martin Whitfield to continue as the party's candidate at the next general election. Mr whitfield, who has served as East Lothian's MP since the last election in June 2017, will now go forward as Labour's candidate here whenever the next election is called. Speaking after the decision, Martin Whitfield MP said: “Being chosen as Labour’s candidate in 2017 and having the opportunity to serve East Lothian since then has been one of the greatest honours of my life, and I have enjoyed every moment of the job so far. “I’ve done my utmost [...]

2210, 2019

Martin backs plan to scrap Universal Credit

By |October 22nd, 2019|

Martin Whitfield MP has welcomed the announcement that a Labour government would scrap Universal Credit (UC) and replace it with a social security system that focuses on “alleviating and ending poverty, not driving people into it”. The move comes after a year-long review into the social security system by Labour’s Work, Pensions and Equality Policy Commission. The review was led by Margaret Greenwood MP, co-convenor of the commission and Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. The latest figures from the House of Commons Library show that, as of May this year, in East Lothian there were 4,543 households [...]

2210, 2019

300 MPs now backing #DivestParliament

By |October 22nd, 2019|

The Divest Parliament campaign, which calls on Parliament's pension fund to divest from fossil fuels, has announced that over 300 MPs (and 30 former MPs) from every party in Parliament have now signed its pledge. Martin Whitfield MP pledged his support for the campaign earlier this year and has welcomed it reaching this important milestone of 300 MP supporters. Commenting on the campaign, Martin Whitfield MP said: "I am pleased to be one of the 300 cross-party MPs backing the #DivestParliament campaign. We must withdraw all political and financial support for the fossil fuel industry and invest in green/renewable technologies. [...]

2110, 2019

Martin comments on Scottish population projections

By |October 21st, 2019|

Inward migration will be essential to ensure that Scotland’s population continues to grow, according to new official data. The figures project there will be 240,000 more pensioners over the next 25 years, but the working age population will reduce by 7,000 people. No natural growth is expected, and the figures do not take into account the potential impact of ‘political circumstances’. In the 25 years to mid-2043, 51 per cent of net migration is projected to come from overseas and 49 per cent from the rest of the UK. The figures demonstrate the importance of the UK remaining in the [...]