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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Martin Whitfield

Scottish Labour

MSP for South Scotland (Region) 2021 - present day

About Martin Whitfield

Contact details

Contact online

Twitter: @_MWhitfield

Facebook: Martin's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5827
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Martin is a member of 1 cross-party group

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on St Andrew's Day

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Martin has 2 parliamentary and government roles

Parliamentary Bureau

Member

Conveners Group

Member

Party Roles

Martin has 3 party roles

Business Manager

Scottish Labour

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Children

Scottish Labour

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Young People

Scottish Labour

Previous roles

Martin has had 3 previous roles

Previous roles in cross-party groups are not included in this list.

31 May 2021 - 10 April 2023

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Lifelong Learning

Scottish Labour

31 May 2021 - 10 April 2023

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Youth Employment

Scottish Labour

17 June 2021 - 22 June 2021

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Member

Register of interests

Martin's register of interests

MSPs must provide details of their financial interests in the Register of Interests. They make an initial statement on becoming or being returned as an MSP. This is then updated with any changes they provide.

Here is the register for Martin Whitfield. The date of their initial statement was 08 June 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

Until 6 May 2021, I was employed by East Lothian Council (of John Muir House, Brewery Park, Haddington, East Lothian EH41 3HA) as a primary teacher. I worked approximately 35 hours a week and received remuneration of between £40,001 and £45,000 per annum.

Gifts

On 23 November 2023 I attended the Herald Scottish Politician of The Year Awards as a guest of Newsquest Media Group LTD (publisher of newspaper of Loudwater Mill, Station Road, Loudwater, High Wycombe, Bucks HP10 9TY) at Prestonfield Hotel in Edinburgh. The gift was to me as an individual and that the value including VAT was £360. [Registered 12 December 2023]

On Saturday 5 February 2022 I attended a rugby match at Murrayfield, as a guest of BT Group Plc (a telecommunications company of BT Centre, 81 Newgate Street, London, EC1A 7AJ). The value of the gift amounted to £325 for both the ticket and hospitality. [Registered 9 February 2022]

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

On 5 December 2023 I received a gift of a food hamper valued at approximately £150 from Community Windpower Ltd (Godscroft Lane, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 6XU). The gift was to me as an individual. [Registered 12 December 2023]

I was paid £100 by You Gov on 21 November 2022 for completing a survey. [Registered 12 December 2022]

I was paid £150 from Ipsos MORI for their Annual Survey of MSPs on 22 December 2021. I donated this fee to charity. [Registered 22 December 2021]

Between 12 June and 19 June 2022 I travelled to Jersey to head an Electoral Observation Mission on behalf of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association British Islands and Mediterranean Region (CPA BIMR). The purpose of the visit was to observe the Island election as BIMR did in 2018. An initial report was published at the end of the visit with a full report being prepared with the mission's observations and recommendations. The total cost of the visit, met by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, was £3,000. [Registered 3 August 2022]

I received a bottle of whisky from the Scotch Whisky Association, the nominal value for the COP26 Limited Edition Blended Scotch Whisky to be £30, although it is not for commercial sale. [Registered 22 December 2021]

I am a Member of EIS.

I am a Trustee and Chair of the Burke-Veitch Scholarship which provides funds to allow children / young people to attend drama school. I have no financial interests arising from this role.

I am a Trustee of Garden Elf, a small charity working with schools on gardening. I have no financial interests arising from this role.

I was paid £170 by You Gov on 11 November 2021 for completing a survey. [Registered 2 December 2021]

On 26 February 2022 I was the guest of NatWest Group at Scotland France 6 Nations Rugby Game. The value of the gift was ticket valued at £111.50 and hospitality of £35.00. The combined value of this gift and hospitality is below the threshold for registration in the Gifts category. [Registered 2 March 2022]

On the 27 April 2022, I attended the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards 2022, as a guest of Young Scot. The hospitality had a value of £150. [Registered 4 May 2022]

I was paid £75 by Savanta on 21 November 2022 for completing a survey. [Registered 12 December 2022]

I was paid £100 by You Gov on 27 July 2021 for completing a survey.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Martin Whitfield has said in Parliament

These are the official transcripts of what was said by this MSP in the chamber and at committee meetings. You'll find the topic discussed and how many times this MSP has contributed to the discussion.

Chamber meeting date: 22 February 2024

Young People (Care)

7. Martin Whitfield (South Scotland) (Lab): "To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the First Minister’s reported comments that it “has to go further” to ensure that plans to radically reform how young people are cared for in Scotland are realised, whether it has identified what steps it will take to achieve this. (S6O-03116)"

Chamber meeting date: 21 February 2024

Nuclear Energy

Martin Whitfield (South Scotland) (Lab): "The provision of nuclear power gives us the non-weather-dependent grid stability and security that we need across the United Kingdom, which is essential as we go forward. Is that not right?"

Chamber meeting date: 8 February 2024

Rail Services (East Lothian and Edinburgh)

Martin Whitfield (South Scotland) (Lab): "This week, rail commuters travelling between East Lothian and Edinburgh experienced the consequences of Scottish National Party mismanagement, with a reduction in carriage numbers on the trains during the busy morning commute and overcrowding…

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee meeting date: 8 February 2024

Decision on Taking Business in Private

The Convener (Martin Whitfield): "Good morning, and welcome to the third meeting in 2024 of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee. I have received no apologies…

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee meeting date: 8 February 2024

Cross-Party Groups (Annual Monitoring Report)

The Convener: "The committee has been provided with the annual update on cross-party groups’ compliance with the code of conduct…

Votes

How Martin Whitfield has voted in Parliament

Find out how Martin Whitfield has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-12252

Scottish Rate Resolution

Submitted by: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Supported by: George Adam, Tom Arthur, Joe FitzPatrick
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, February 22, 2024

Result 62 for, 54 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12248

Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Siobhian Brown, Ayr, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Supported by: Angela Constance
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, February 22, 2024

Result 62 for, 29 against, 25 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP abstained

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12215

Crisis in NHS Dentistry

Submitted by: Willie Rennie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats. Date lodged: Monday, February 19, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Result 84 for, 32 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12215.1

Crisis in NHS Dentistry

Submitted by: Paul Sweeney, Glasgow, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Supported by: Carol Mochan
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Result 85 for, 31 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12214

Improving Access to Primary Care

Submitted by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats. Date lodged: Monday, February 19, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Result 63 for, 53 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motions

Questions

Questions Martin Whitfield has asked

These are the questions that this MSP has asked in Parliament. It also includes any answer to those questions.

Question ref. S6W-25677

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the delivery of the 2021 Scottish National Party manifesto commitment to "support the digital capabilities of artists and creative businesses with a £1 million programme of workshops, mentoring and courses"."

Answer expected on 7 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25678

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how many Gaelic-medium education teachers have been employed in each year since 2016."

Answer expected on 7 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25679

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how its International Education Strategy will facilitate the recognition of Scottish qualifications and degrees internationally."

Answer expected on 7 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25674

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-07275 by Patrick Harvie on 22 March 2022, whether it will provide an updated table regarding the number of children who have undertaken cycling proficiency training, based on the latest information available."

Answer expected on 7 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25681

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a timeline for the implementation of the key actions in its International Education Strategy."

Answer expected on 7 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25680

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how it will engage with stakeholders, including educational institutions, industry partners and international organisations, in order to implement its International Education Strategy effectively."

Answer expected on 7 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25672

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its estimate of the future potential costs of delivering a new national digital academy."

Answer expected on 7 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25675

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its work to deliver on the 2021 Scottish National Party manifesto commitment to "ensure every child in Scotland leaves school with the ability to cycle safely", and how much it has spent on this work in each year since 2016."

Answer expected on 7 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25666

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether free wraparound childcare is available to all low-income families."

Answer expected on 6 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25671

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what plans it has to deliver a new national digital academy."

Answer expected on 6 March 2024

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