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Latest News –  Martin Whitfield MP

1012, 2018

Marking International Human Rights Day

By | December 10th, 2018|

Today is International Human Rights Day, the annual celebration of human rights across the globe. It is 70 years since the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - a ground-breaking document which set out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected. It is also 20 years since the Labour Government passed its Human Rights Act, which incorporated into UK law the rights contained in the European Convention on Human Rights. Speaking about his support for the day, Martin Whitfield MP said: "With human rights under attack around the world, it's more important than [...]

912, 2018

Backing for #MadeAtUni campaign

By | December 9th, 2018|

A new campaign to bring to life the impact of universities up and down the country on people, lives and communities has received the backing of Martin Whitfield MP. For the first phase of the campaign, every university has been asked to nominate the one thing from their institution that they are most proud of. The collection of over 100 stories has been used to create a ‘UK’s Best Breakthroughs’ publication, which showcases the many discoveries, projects and initiatives to come from the UK’s universities. Queen Margaret University in Musselburgh is among the universities participating in the campaign and one [...]

712, 2018

Foundation report reveals scale of poverty in Scotland

By | December 7th, 2018|

Following shocking figures from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation revealing the scale of poverty in Scotland, Martin Whitfield MP and Iain Gray MSP are urging governments at Westminster and Holyrood to do more to tackle the growing problem. Scottish data from the foundation’s ‘UK Poverty 2018’ report has revealed 1 million people in Scotland are living in poverty, of which 230,000 are children, 140,000 are pensioners and 630,00  are working age people. The figures emerged just days after the latest East Lothian Foodbank collections at local Tesco stores which both Mr Whitfield and Mr Gray were involved in supporting. The politicians [...]

612, 2018

Martin welcomes PL Hockey Club grant

By | December 6th, 2018|

Martin Whitfield MP has welcomed the award of a £500 Cash 4 Clubs grant to members of Preston Lodge Ladies Hockey Club, following its 10th annual summer campaign, which provides grassroots sports clubs with grants of £500 right up to £1,000. The Club will be spending the money on much needed strips and equipment for the newly created Development team, which now provides youngsters from Prestonpans, Port Seton, Longniddry and the surrounding area a pathway into club hockey both during and after their school years. Club Captain Jacqui Cotterell said: “Running a local sports club is extremely rewarding but doesn’t come [...]

612, 2018

Comment on latest fuel poverty figures

By | December 6th, 2018|

Martin Whitfield MP has condemned the lack of progress on tackling fuel poverty figures for Scotland, after the latest official figures showed little change from last year. Commenting on the new figures, which show one in four households remain in fuel poverty, Martin Whitfield MP said: “It is appalling that so many households in East Lothian and across Scotland continue to suffer the scourge of fuel poverty. It is unsurprising that the Tory UK Government is failing to tackle the problem, but the SNP have now had 11 years to tackle it and have failed miserably. “The next Labour governments at [...]

512, 2018

Backing call for an end to puppy smuggling

By | December 5th, 2018|

This week Martin Whitfield MP attended an event hosted by Dogs Trust at the House of Commons where the charity called on the government to take urgent action to end the cruel practice of puppy smuggling. Mr Whitfield was among over 60 MPs and Peers who attended the event, where there was the opportunity to experience through virtual reality the terrible conditions in which puppies are transported across Central and Eastern Europe to be sold to unsuspecting buyers in the UK. Dogs Trust has been investigating this problem since 2014 with its reports revealing shocking evidence of the Pet Travel [...]