Motion highlights park group’s award success
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 Fla
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Visit to distillery’s new visitor centre
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
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Action needed on cervical cancer screening tests
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
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Call to cancel universal credit cut
Martin Whitfield MSP has called on the Tory UK Government to reverse their “catastrophic” cut to Universal Credit.

New figures from Scottish Labour have revealed the devastating impact the cut will have in East Lothian where up to one in four households will be affected.

This means more than 10,000 households locally will lose up to £1,040 a year.

Martin Whitfield has joined Labour colleagues to demand the Tories “cancel the cut” and called on the SNP to show “ambition” setting out a better path in Scotland.

Commenting, Martin Whitf
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Highlighting urgent need to improve MS services
Martin Whitfield MSP has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament highlighting a new report on the urgent need for action to improve MS and neurology services in Scotland.

Published by the MS Society Scotland, “Neurology Now”, explains how the pressure on neurology services, already significant pre-pandemic, has been exacerbated over the last year and calls for strong action from both the Scottish and UK Governments to act to improve MS and Neurology services.

Martin Whitfield MSP said:

“I was pleased to table this motion at Holyrood
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