Latest News –  Martin Whitfield MSP

2610, 2021

Register with defibrillator database to help save lives

By |October 26th, 2021|

Martin Whitfield MSP is backing a new campaign urging defibrillator owners to register their devices on a new national database, called The Circuit, which could help save thousands of lives from cardiac arrests in the coming years. Funded by the British Heart Foundation, and developed by Microsoft UK, The Circuit is the first ever national defibrillator network in the UK, that integrates with Ambulance dispatch centres to direct bystanders to the nearest defibrillator in case of a cardiac arrest. There are more than 30,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests every year in the UK, but fewer than one in ten [...]

2510, 2021

Comment on passing of Cllr Willie Innes

By |October 25th, 2021|

Commenting on the announcement of the passing of Cllr Willie Innes, Martin Whitfield MSP said: “Willie was a remarkably dedicated, caring and intelligent public servant who represented his constituents with great distinction for over 30 years. "He was only interested in how he could help improve Prestonpans and East Lothian and make life better for local people. That commitment shone through in everything he said and did over the many years he served on East Lothian Council. "On a personal level, he was a wonderfully knowledgeable and sensible source of advice and support, as well as being great fun, and [...]

2510, 2021

Backing Women and Girls in Sport Week

By |October 25th, 2021|

Martin Whitfield MSP is supporting this year’s Scottish Women and Girls in Sport Week (25-31 October) – a chance for people across Scotland to celebrate the positive impact sport and activity can have on the lives of women and girls, regardless of age or ability. From sports podiums to grassroots activities happening in communities across Scotland, the Week offers a fantastic opportunity to highlight positive stories and inspire and motivate more women to get involved in sport and physical activity. Speaking about his support for the week, Martin Whitfield MSP said: “While many people were able to remain relatively active [...]

1410, 2021

Motion highlights park group’s award success

By |October 14th, 2021|

Martin Whitfield MSP has lodged a motion at Holyrood highlighting the success of Friends of Ormiston Park in being presented with a Green Flag Community Award. The award follows years of dedicated work by the volunteers who make up the group, which has included securing significant funding for a new children’s play park and the recent installation of East Lothian’s first pump track. Mr Whitfield's motion also congratulates those involved in maintaining and running other parks across the South Scotland region that have received a Green Flag Award this year. Martin Whitfield MSP said: “This Green Flag Community Award is [...]

1110, 2021

Visit to distillery’s new visitor centre

By |October 11th, 2021|

The new multi-million-pound visitor centre at Glenkinchie distillery has been praised by South Scotland MSP Martin Whitfield. Mr Whitfield paid his first visit to the site since the new experience was formally opened in October last year. The enhanced visitor centre builds on Glenkinchie’s heritage to tell people the story of the Lowland Home of Johnnie Walker in a modern and engaging way,. The Glenkinchie development is part of Diageo’s £185million investment in four corner distilleries around Scotland that will form a network of whisky visitor experiences linked to the Johnnie Walker Princes Street attraction in Edinburgh, which opened last [...]

810, 2021

Action needed on cervical cancer screening tests

By |October 8th, 2021|

Responding to the latest cervical cancer screening statistics, which show the number of smear tests in Scotland fell by 45% in a year, from 318,727 in 2019-20 to 174,299 in 2020-21, Martin Whitfield MSP has called for urgent action to improve testing uptake. Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust has said that the statistics must serve as a catalyst for action. The charity’s view is that the focus should not only be on recovering from the impact of COVID but also looking at how we can improve uptake and what can be done to remove the barriers that exist to accessing screening. [...]

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