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Latest News –  Martin Whitfield MP

104, 2019

Time to declare environment & climate emergency

By | April 1st, 2019|

Martin Whitfield MP has backed Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary Sue Hayman’s call for Michael Gove to declare a national climate and environment emergency. Labour’s announcement follows a wave of motions passed by local councils declaring a climate emergency and a call to action to prevent a dangerous rise in global temperatures by radically transforming our economy. ‘Climate Emergency' is an internationally recognised declaration being used around the world to publicly declare concern over the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) findings. The IPCC’s recent Special Report, describes the enormous harm that a 2°C rise in global temperatures would cause. Last [...]

2803, 2019

How Martin voted on indicative votes

By | March 28th, 2019|

Yesterday, MPs had the opportunity to vote on eight different proposals for the future of Brexit in order to try and determine a way forward. Options considered by the House of Commons included leaving without a deal, a customs union with the EU and a confirmatory public vote on any deal agreed by Parliament. Speaking after the votes, Martin Whitfield MP said: "Parliament has rightly taken back control of Brexit, enabling us to explore a wider range of options for determining a way forward on the Brexit impasse. While none of the options received the support of Parliament last night, it [...]

2603, 2019

Bank closures underline need for regulation

By | March 26th, 2019|

New figures released by Which UK? showing that Scotland lost over a third of its bank and building society branches in just eight years, underline concerns that without Government intervention Scotland could be subject to a crisis in access to banking services. The losses of bank branches have been accompanied by a sharp rise in the rate of cashpoint closures which saw 290 ATMs close in Scotland, with the majority of these machines (204) being free-to-use cashpoints that give people access to their cash without having to pay a fee per withdrawal. Martin Whitfield MP is backing Labour calls for [...]

2503, 2019

Voting to take back control

By | March 25th, 2019|

This evening Martin Whitfield MP joined the majority of his fellow MPs to vote in favour of Parliament taking control of the Brexit process from the Government. Mr Whitfield voted voted for the amendment tabled by Oliver Letwin, which succeeded by a margin of 329 votes to 302, before going on to back the amended Government motion. Speaking after the votes, Martin Whitfield MP said: "This evening I voted to take back control of the Brexit process from the Government. The chaos of the Government's position was underlined by the three further ministerial resignations prior to the vote so that [...]

2503, 2019

Interim solution for Aberlady post office welcomed

By | March 25th, 2019|

Local parliamentarians Martin Whitfield MP and Iain Gray MSP have welcomed the announcement that an agreement has been reached to retain Aberlady’s post office service for the next 12 months. Martin Whitfield MP said: “I’m delighted that this agreement has been reached to allow Aberlady to retain its post office. I hope it will provide time to facilitate a more permanent solution to keep the post office in the village in the long term. Louise and Ross have done an amazing job over many years and deserve great credit for the way they have fought to sustain the service in [...]

2503, 2019

Martin calls for pension fund to drop fossil fuels

By | March 25th, 2019|

Martin Whitfield joins a cross-party group of over 200 MPs and former MPs that has called on the Parliamentary Pension Fund to phase out its substantial investment in fossil fuel giants such as Shell and BP, following growing concerns about climate change. Mr Whitfield joins a group of over 200 cross-party MPs and former MPs who have signed the Divest Parliament Pledge, which calls on the Parliamentary Pension Fund to review and phase out investments in fossil fuel companies. The call follows growing concern among constituents about the environmental, social and financial risks posed by climate change. Martin Whitfield MP [...]