Martin Whitfield MP has presented Alison Brown with her Points of Light Award for improving accessibility to beaches for wheelchair users. Former Prime Minister Theresa May gave Alison the award, which recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others, last month before her premiership ended. The Tranent resident is the founder of ‘Beach Wheelchairs’ which provides beach-accessible wheelchairs for free, helping nearly 500 people to access the beautiful Scottish coastline over the past four years. She was inspired to set up the charity with her friend, Jackie Tagg, as both her son, and Jackie’s brother [...]
Martin Whitfield MP has today written to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson on behalf of constituents concerned about climate change and the environmental emergency facing the planet. His letter highlights the immediacy of the environmetal crisis we face and asks how the Government is responding to the situation, including putting new legislation in place to ensure the UK Martin Whitfield MP said: "Over the last few months hundreds of East Lothian residents have contacted me to express their concerns and fears about the climate emergency we are facing and the UK's role in helping combat the crisis. "Today I have [...]
Martin Whitfield MP and Iain Gray MSP have met with frontline local police officers to discuss some of the current policing challenges in East Lothian. The pair were also able to sit in on the briefing for the response team coming on shift in the County, giving them a taste of the wide range of issues officers face every day. The meeting also afforded an opportunity to highlight a number of specific issues constituents have raised over recent months, including a growing number of anti-social behaviour incidents. Commenting after the meeting, Martin Whitfield MP said: "Our local police officers face [...]
Local MP Martin Whitfield is calling on residents to think smart about their energy use, as he became the latest convert to smart meters after getting an installation at his home in Prestonpans. Over 17,500 houses in East Lothian have now received the upgrade. The smart meter rollout, which is being led by energy suppliers, aims to deliver a greener, modernised energy system for the country. Smart meters come with an in-home display, which allows you to see in pounds and pence how much you are spending on energy in near real-time. Meter readings are sent automatically to your supplier, [...]
Martin Whitfield MP has written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to urge him to immediately suspend the Government's 'Loan Charge' policy and conduct an independent review of it. Mr Whitfield has joined more than 200 parliamentary colleagues in making this call, which Mr Johnson himself committed to during the recent Tory leadership contest. The demand for action follows a report from the Loan Charge All-Party Parliamentary Group published in April which made various key recommendations, including a six-month delay of the Loan Charge and a judge-led review of the policy. Martin Whitfield MP said: "Today I have written to Prime [...]
Responding to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell's comments on Labour's position on a second independence referendum, Martin Whitfield MP said: "It's deeply concerning that John McDonnell has doubled down on his desire to ignore the party's manifesto. "It's an insult to Richard Leonard and the entire Scottish Labour Party., which is working hard to win back the trust of voters and help elect a Labour Government at Westminster. "We are a pro-EU and pro-UK party that believes in solidarity, not nationalism, which is why we are firmly opposed to a divisive and unnecessary second independence referendum."