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1510, 2019

Small businesses urged to join campaign day

By |October 15th, 2019|

Small Business Saturday, the annual campaign to celebrate small businesses across the UK, is back again on 7th December, and Martin Whitfield MP and Iain Gray MSP are urging local small businesses to get involved in the day this year. Now in its seventh year, Small Business Saturday encourages customers across the UK to go out and support all types of small businesses, online, in offices and in stores. Many small businesses take part in the day by hosting events and offering discounts. Mr Whitfield and Mr Gray are encouraging businesses in East Lothian to take part in the campaign [...]

1410, 2019

Meeting demanded with US Ambassador

By |October 14th, 2019|

A cross-party group of Scottish MPs has written to the US Ambassador to demand a meeting over ‘devastating’ plans for import tariffs on Scotch whisky. The letter to Woody Johnson, US Ambassador to the UK, has been authored by East Lothian Labour MP Martin Whitfield and signed by 13 MPs from Labour, the SNP, the Conservatives and the LibDems. The proposed tariff increase of 25 per cent on single malt Scotch whisky is projected to cause a 20 per cent drop in exports to the US. Single malt exports to the US in 2018 were worth over £380 million, and [...]

1410, 2019

Fraser Centre progress welcomed

By |October 14th, 2019|

The transformation of the Fraser Centre in Tranent has been welcomed by Martin Whitfield MP and Iain Gray MSP following their preview visit to the local arts and community hub. The parliamentarians were invited to the site by Fraser Centre Development Manager David Orr to see the final stages of the new-build project and be given a tour of the facility which is set to open next month. Mr Whitfield and Mr Gray were hugely impressed with the hub, which was part funded by a wide range of coummunity events and donations, as well as a substantial national lottery award. [...]

1110, 2019

Visit to Tranent sheltered housing

By |October 11th, 2019|

As part of this year's Challenge Poverty week activities, Martin Whitfield MP has visited Well Wynd sheltered housing in Tranent to speak to residents and promote the uptake of pension credit. Mr Whitfield chatted to residents about a range of different issues including the impact of cuts to the central funding received by East Lothian Council. Speaking after his visit, Martin Whitfield MP said: "I want to thank the residents at Well Wynd for making me so welcome this morning. It was lovely to have a cuppa and a chat with them about a range of issues, including the impact [...]

1110, 2019

Help celebrate UK Parliament Week 2019

By |October 11th, 2019|

Martin Whitfield MP is inviting everyone in East Lothian to get involved in UK Parliament Week and ‘have your say’ on the issues that matter to you most. UK Parliament Week is a UK-wide festival taking place from 2-8 November, which aims to engage people, especially young people, from different backgrounds and communities, with the UK Parliament and empower them to get involved. This is a great opportunity to be part of a thriving democracy, ask questions, think critically and engage with the UK Parliament. Schools, museums, libraries, faith communities and youth organisations representing every constituency across the United Kingdom [...]

1010, 2019

Martin backs campaign for Wallyford surgery

By |October 10th, 2019|

Martin Whitfield MP is backing a new campaign to secure funding for a GP surgery to serve the Wallyford and Whitecraig areas. Working with local councillors, Colin McGinn and Fiona Dugdale, and Lothians MSP Sarah Boyack, Martin is demanding new local health services for the communities which are currently served by the Riverside Medical Practice in Musselburgh. That practice has struggled to cope with increased patient numbers over the last couple of years and faces a further huge increase as new developments are built across Musselburgh, Wallyford and Whitecraig. Wallyford Community Council had already spoken out two years ago about [...]

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