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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 1 parliamentary and government role

Conveners Group

Member

Party Roles

Martin has 4 party roles

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Children

Scottish Labour

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Lifelong Learning

Scottish Labour

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Young People

Scottish Labour

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Youth Employment

Scottish Labour

Previous roles

Martin had 1 previous role

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

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

No registrable interests

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

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

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 Member of EIS.

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: 26 October 2021

Covid-19

Martin Whitfield (South Scotland) (Lab): "Recently, the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills told members that she believed that the lateral flow testing rates in schools were too low and that she would like to see higher figures. Since then, rates have reduced again…

Chamber meeting date: 7 October 2021

Scottish Qualifications Authority (Public Sector Equality Duty)

6. Martin Whitfield (South Scotland) (Lab): "To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to the announcement that the Scottish Qualifications Authority has entered a two-year agreement with the Equality and Human Rights Commission to improve equalities practices after the Commission established that the SQA was not routinely assessing the impact of its policies and…

Chamber meeting date: 7 October 2021

Lifelong Learning and Reskilling (Rural Areas)

Martin Whitfield (South Scotland) (Lab): "I will allow the minister to extend slightly further…

Chamber meeting date: 7 October 2021

Point of Order

Martin Whitfield (South Scotland) (Lab): "On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I seek your guidance, under standing order rule 13…

Votes

How Martin Whitfield has voted in Parliament

Find out how Martin Whitfield has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-01554

Carer's Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Ben Macpherson, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Supported by: Shona Robison
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, October 7, 2021

Result 118 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 2 Amendment 7

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, October 7, 2021

Result 51 for, 67 against, 0 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 2 Amendment 3

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, October 7, 2021

Result 51 for, 66 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 2 Amendment 2

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, October 7, 2021

Result 51 for, 66 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 2 Amendment 1

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, October 7, 2021

Result 50 for, 67 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Martin Whitfield has submitted in Parliament

These are the questions that this MSP has asked the Scottish Government about its work. It also includes any answer to these questions.

Question ref. S6W-03138

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 28 September 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government which of its departments was responsible for the decision for non-symptomatic school pupils to be offered COVID-19 lateral flow tests, as opposed to PCR tests; who made the decision, and when."

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 20 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-03139

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 28 September 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether essential workers who are (a) unwilling and (b) unable to have a COVID-19 vaccine should instead be allowed to undertake regular (i) lateral flow and (ii) PCR tests to enable them to work…

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 18 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-03702

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12 October 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to address the reported backlog with the provision of (a) MS and (b) other neurology services."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-03703

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12 October 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to (a) attract more and (b) retain (i) neurology specialists and (ii) MS nurses."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-03704

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12 October 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support people who have (a) MS and (b) other neurological conditions with managing their condition while they are waiting for treatment."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-03701

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12 October 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve access to new medicines for people living with progressive forms of MS."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-03137

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20 September 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what arrangement it has with Openreach to access private land to facilitate the roll-out of fibre optic broadband."

Answered by: Kate Forbes on 28 September 2021

Question ref. S6W-02865

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 9 September 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to involve the third sector in the Whole Family Wellbeing Fund."

Answered by: Clare Haughey on 23 September 2021

Question ref. S6W-02863

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 9 September 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an annual breakdown for the allocation of the £500 million Whole Family Wellbeing Fund set out in the Programme for Government, and whether any of this funding will be redirected from pre-existing budgets."

Answered by: Clare Haughey on 23 September 2021

Question ref. S6W-02864

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 9 September 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government when it anticipates the Whole Family Wellbeing Fund will be operational, and what the mechanism for distribution will be."

Answered by: Clare Haughey on 23 September 2021

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