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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

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

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

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

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

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

I am a Member of EIS.

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]

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]

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]

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

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: 2 February 2023

Additional Support for Learning

Martin Whitfield (South Scotland) (Lab): "I thank the cabinet secretary for that answer about children with autism. The Scottish National Party’s 2021 manifesto said: “Scotland’s education system should be accessible to all young people…

Chamber meeting date: 31 January 2023

Brexit and Workers’ Rights

Martin Whitfield (South Scotland) (Lab): "I hear your warning, Presiding Officer. It is a great pleasure to follow Jenni Minto in the debate…

Chamber meeting date: 26 January 2023

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill

2. Martin Whitfield (South Scotland) (Lab): "To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill, including the latest discussions it has had with the United Kingdom Government. (S6O-01829)"

Chamber meeting date: 25 January 2023

Childcare

Martin Whitfield (South Scotland) (Lab): "It is a pleasure to follow Roz McCall in this debate. I also extend my thanks to Meghan Gallacher for securing this important debate…

Chamber meeting date: 19 January 2023

Fire Brigades Union DECON Campaign

Martin Whitfield (South Scotland) (Lab): "I congratulate Maggie Chapman on securing the debate…

Votes

How Martin Whitfield has voted in Parliament

Find out how Martin Whitfield has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-07727

Budget (Scotland) (No. 2) Bill

Submitted by: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Supported by: George Adam, Tom Arthur, Richard Lochhead, Ivan McKee, Lorna Slater, Nicola Sturgeon
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, February 2, 2023

Result 68 for, 56 against, 0 abstained, 5 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-07710.2

Three Years On - Brexit and Workers’ Rights

Submitted by: Sarah Boyack, Lothian, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, January 30, 2023

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Result 24 for, 96 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-07710

Three Years On - Brexit and Workers’ Rights

Submitted by: Richard Lochhead, Moray, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, January 30, 2023

Supported by: Tom Arthur, Ivan McKee, John Swinney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Result 90 for, 30 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-07735.1

Business Programme

Submitted by: Stephen Kerr, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Supported by: Finlay Carson, Sharon Dowey, Murdo Fraser, Jamie Greene, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Craig Hoy, Liam Kerr, Roz McCall, Liz Smith, Sue Webber
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Result 54 for, 66 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-07734.1

Revision to Business Programme

Submitted by: Russell Findlay, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Supported by: Alexander Burnett, Murdo Fraser, Meghan Gallacher, Pam Gosal, Rachael Hamilton, Craig Hoy, Stephen Kerr, Douglas Ross, Sue Webber, Tess White
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 31, 2023

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

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

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-14439

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 27 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what requirements there are to undertake a Children’s Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment (CRWIA) as part of designing and planning new schools."

Answer expected on 10 February 2023

Question ref. S6W-14440

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 27 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to update its guidance, School design: optimising the internal environment: building our future: Scotland's school estate, which was published in 2007."

Answer expected on 10 February 2023

Question ref. S6W-14441

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 27 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what information it collects on whether new schools in Scotland meet the standards set out in the (a) UK Government document, Building Bulletin 93: Acoustic design of schools: performance standards, and (b) Scottish Government guidance, School design: optimising the internal environment: building our future:…

Answer expected on 10 February 2023

Question ref. S6O-01829

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 18 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill, including the latest discussions it has had with the UK Government."

Taken in the Chamber on 26 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-11589

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether the full £20 million of funding to support the roll-out of counselling provision, as committed to in the 2018-19 Programme for Government, has been delivered, and, if this is not the case, for what reason."

Answered by Jamie Hepburn on 10 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-11591

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made in delivering equity of access to mental health support services for college and university students."

Answered by Jamie Hepburn on 10 January 2023

Question ref. S6O-01717

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 14 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on BMA Scotland’s reported estimate that Scotland is approximately 1,000 short of the required number of whole time equivalent GPs."

Taken in the Chamber on 22 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-12498

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how many assaults against high school teachers on school property have been recorded in each year since 2017."

Answered by Shirley-Anne Somerville on 6 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-12497

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how many high school pupil-to-pupil fights on school property have been recorded in each year since 2017."

Answered by Shirley-Anne Somerville on 5 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-12499

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how many high school pupils have been suspended from school following a violent attack on a teacher or pupil in each year since 2017."

Answered by Shirley-Anne Somerville on 5 December 2022

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