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Latest News –  Martin Whitfield MP

312, 2018

Celebrating local small businesses

By | December 3rd, 2018|

Local parliamentarians Martin Whitfield MP and Iain Gray MSP have supported this year’s Small Business Saturday with a visit to a local shop in Dunbar. The politicians visited the Dunbar T-shirt shop on Dunbar High Street ahead of the day to chat to owner Steven Hill and help promote the importance of shopping locally with small businesses. The visit was also an opportunity to congratulate the shop on being one of 25 finalists in the Best Small Shops competition at Westminster earlier this year. Speaking after the visit, Martin Whitfield MP said: "Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to [...]

112, 2018

Timber industry round table event

By | December 1st, 2018|

Martin Whitfield MP has joined parliamentary and industry colleagues in holding a round table discussion with Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Minister, David Rutley, and the chairs of the All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) on Timber and Forestry. The meeting was arranged following Mr Whitfield's Westminster Hall debate considering ‘The effect on the timber industry of the UK leaving the EU' on 31st October. In the debate, the Minister agreed to participate in a follow-up meeting to further discuss the opportunities Brexit presents for the forestry and timber industries. Among the issues discussed at the meeting were tree planting, [...]

112, 2018

Call for a People’s Vote

By | December 1st, 2018|

Martin Whitfield MP has joined 16 parliamentary colleagues in writing to the Guardian newspaper to demand parliament is able to vote on a second referendum or 'People's Vote', saying ‘people must be given their rightful seat at the table’. The letter, which has been signed by members of all the three main UK political parties and by MPs from seats which voted Remain and Leave, reads as follows: "On 11 December, one of the biggest votes since the second world war will take place in the House of Commons. There will be no hiding place for any of us – each [...]

112, 2018

Will you be a “Good Cause Santa Claus”?

By | December 1st, 2018|

This year, Martin Whitfield MP is asking local businesses and community groups to add a little Christmas spice to their Secret Santa and help raise money for charity. The Charity Retail Association - who represent charity shops across the UK – is running its “Good Cause Santa Claus” campaign suggesting businesses and other groups who run a Secret Santa in the office buy their gifts from charity shops only. This will raise much needed additional funds for charities in the run up to Christmas, as well as being better for the environment and great fun for all those involved. Martin [...]

112, 2018

Martin helps county foodbank

By | December 1st, 2018|

Martin Whitfield MP has lent a hand with East Lothian Foodbank's latest food collections in local Tesco stores. The MP joined other volunteers at the Musselburgh Tesco to encourage local shoppers to donate food items to help the foodbank maintain its stocks. Speaking afterwards, Martin Whitfield MP said: "It is a tragedy that so many local people need to seek assistance from East Lothian Foodbank just to get by. I joined other volunteers in Musselburgh at one of the three food collections taking place at Tesco stores across the county. "The generous donations made at these collections are the mainstay of [...]

2911, 2018

Backing ‘Zero HIV’ campaign for World AIDS Day

By | November 29th, 2018|

Martin Whitfield MP has spoken out ahead of World AIDS Day by calling for ‘Zero HIV’ – an end to HIV transmissions and the elimination of HIV-related stigma. Mr Whitfield joined Terrence Higgins Trust’s reception in the Speaker’s House in Westminster, a few days ahead of the 30th ever World AIDS Day on 1 December. The reception brought together politicians, campaigners, medics and people affected by HIV. The event featured remarks by Minister for Public Health, Steve Brine MP and Terrence Higgins Trust Patron, Lord Michael Cashman. Over three decades after the HIV epidemic began in the UK, HIV was [...]