Latest News –  Martin Whitfield MP

1206, 2019

Martin welcomes new Civil Society strategy

By |June 12th, 2019|

Martin Whitfield MP has welcomed the publication of the Labour Party's new Civil Society strategy, which would ensure a new Labour government would embed civil society in government policy development and services. Developed and launched by Shadow Civil Society Minister, Steve Reed MP,  the strategy, From Paternalism to Participation, forms part of the party's plans to extend participation and give people more power over the decisions that affect them and their communities. It includes commitments to repeal the Lobbying Act and allow charities to campaign, ban gagging clauses in Government contracts, introduce a new Public Right to Space where communities [...]

1106, 2019

Motion highlights local games studio success

By |June 11th, 2019|

Martin Whitfield MP has tabled a parliamentary Early Day Motion welcoming the role of the staff at the 4J Studios office in East Linton in the success of the Minecraft video game. The 4J staff in the company's East Linton office developed Minecraft for games consoles and have subsequently seen more than 76 million copies sold, making it the most successful video game of all time. Martin Whitfield MP said: "The contribution to the success of Minecraft made by staff at 4J Studios office in East Linton is a remarkable local story and one I was very keen to help [...]

1006, 2019

TV licence change to hit 5,500 local households

By |June 10th, 2019|

The BBC has announced that the TV licence concession for over-75s will in future be linked to Pension Credit, a move set to affect some three million pensioner households in the UK, including 5,640 in East Lothian. Responding to the news, Martin Whitfield MP said:  “This announcement is a huge blow to thousands of pensioners here in East Lothian, Scotland and across the whole of the UK. “More than 5,500 pensioner households here are set to lose their entitlement to a free licence despite what the Tories promised at the last election. “Their manifesto commitment is in tatters and older [...]

1006, 2019

Highlighting Carers Week 2019

By |June 10th, 2019|

10 to 16 June is Carers Week, the annual campaign highlighting and celebrating the contribution of unpaid carers across the UK. The week is supported by eight major charities to increase awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the enormous contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. This year is the 25th anniversary of Carers Week and the theme is 'Getting Carers Connected'. It is all about helping to connect carers to get the support they need to care without neglecting their health needs or important relationships. Speaking about his support for Carers Week, [...]

1006, 2019

Interview highlights Great Get Together

By |June 10th, 2019|

Martin Whitfield MP has visited the Radio Saltire Studio in Tranent to discuss the Jo Cox Great Get Together he hosting later this month. Representatives from the station will be among the local charity and community group volunteers attending the event on Friday 21st June at the Loch Centre in Tranent. Martin Whitfield MP said: "I enjoyed returning to Radio Saltire last Friday and having the opportunity to promote the Great Get Together event I am hosting later this month at the Loch Centre in Tranent.  "It was apt to have done the interview with Radio Saltire because it is [...]

806, 2019

Public vote decision welcomed

By |June 8th, 2019|

Martin Whitfield MP has welcomed the decision by Scottish Labour's Executive to back a confirmatory vote on any Brexit deal with Remain as an option on the ballot paper which the party will campaign for. The decision followed Scottish Labour Leader Richard Leonard's call for the party to take an unequivocal position on the issue after the European elections. Mr Whitfield has been a leading campaigner for this position within the party for over a year. Commenting on the announcement, Martin Whitfield MP said: "The news that the whole Labour party in Scotland will be campaigning hard for a people’s vote [...]