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Latest News –  Martin Whitfield MP

602, 2019

Accessibility-themed emojis welcomed

By | February 6th, 2019|

  The introduction of dozens of new accessibility-themed emojis has been welcomed by Martin Whitfield MP. The new characters include hearing aids, wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs, white "probing" canes and guide dogs. The news of their introduction has been welcomed by disability rights campaigners, the charity Scope. They follow a complaint by Apple that few existing emojis spoke to the experiences of those with disabilities. Their inclusion in 2019's official list means many smartphones should gain them in the second half of the year. Martin Whitfield MP said: "Its great to see the introduction of dozens of new accessibility-themed emojis on [...]

602, 2019

Lack of scrutiny on Brexit legislation

By | February 6th, 2019|

Ministers have been accused of trying to sneak Brexit legislation through Parliament with little scrutiny. Martin Whitfield MP has joined opposition colleagues in condemning the Government as it pushes hundreds of pieces of secondary legislation - known as statutory instruments - through Parliament in the final weeks before Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29. These pass through parliamentary committees, but do not necessarily need full House of Commons approval. The Government has around 600 statutory instruments relating to Brexit that it is planning to push through Parliament before Brexit. But just 117 statutory instruments have so [...]

502, 2019

Local charities urged to apply for funding

By | February 5th, 2019|

Martin Whitfield MP is encouraging local charities and good causes to apply for over £3million of funding that has been raised by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Applications are open from 6 February until 20 February, where a whole host of good causes from social enterprises to voluntary groups and registered charities are eligible to apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000. The financial support is available through three different trusts that are all funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery with the sole purpose of supporting people and their communities across Great Britain. Each trust supports [...]

402, 2019

Call for action on settled status app

By | February 4th, 2019|

Martin Whitfield MP has joined more than 70 Labour colleagues in writing to the Home Secretary Sajid Javid calling on him to act immediately to address problems experienced by EU citizens with using non-Android devices to apply for settled status. Since 21 January, the 3.6 million EU citizens living in the UK have been able to apply for settled status by using an Android-only app to confirm their identity using their passport, then complete their application on the gov.uk website by providing evidence they have lived continuously in the UK for five years. Anyone without the right phone can only [...]

202, 2019

Legal ‘duty of care’ for social media firms

By | February 2nd, 2019|

Martin Whitfield MP has welcomed the conclusions of a new parliamentary report exploring the impact of social media and screen use on young people's health. The report, published by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee of which Mr Whitfield is a member, has concluded that social media companies must be subject to a legal duty of care to help protect young people’s health and wellbeing when accessing their sites. Figures produced by Ofcom indicate that 70% of 12–15-year olds have a profile on a social media, while the OECD reports that 94.8% of 15-year olds in the UK [...]

102, 2019

Visiting local energy recovery facility

By | February 1st, 2019|

Martin Whitfield MP and Iain Gray MSP have visited Viridor's Energy Recovery Facility outside Dunbar for an update on the plant's development and the contribution it will make to energy generation. Construction of the £177m Dunbar Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) adjacent to our existing landfill site commenced in 2014. It will divert 300,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste from landfill each year and contribute to Scottish energy security. Energy recovery is a technology that sees pre-treated non-recyclable waste burned at high temperatures under carefully controlled conditions. The process is regarded as extremely efficient, robust and safe, with emissions treated to meet [...]