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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

X (previously known as 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.

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: 27 June 2024

Primary Care (Areas of Population Growth)

Martin Whitfield (South Scotland) (Lab): "Three weeks ago, I asked the Deputy First Minister—who is in her place in the chamber—about the funding situation in Prestonpans group practice…

Chamber meeting date: 27 June 2024

Standing Order Rule Changes (Legislative Consent)

Martin Whitfield (South Scotland) (Lab): "I extend my apologies to the cabinet secretaries and ministers who are awaiting appointment as I bring to the chamber the results of the fourth report from my committee, which has led to motion S6M-13746…

Chamber meeting date: 27 June 2024

Minister and Junior Minister

Martin Whitfield (South Scotland) (Lab): "As others have done, I send my best wishes to Màiri McAllan and Iain for the arrival of what will be a bundle of joy that will take up all the time that they have…

Chamber meeting date: 27 June 2024

Standing Order Rule Changes (Legislative Consent)

Martin Whitfield (South Scotland) (Lab): "I extend my apologies to the cabinet secretaries and ministers who are awaiting appointment as I bring to the chamber the results of the fourth report from my committee, which has led to motion S6M-13746…

Chamber meeting date: 27 June 2024

Scottish Elections (Representation and Reform) Bill: Stage 1

Martin Whitfield (South Scotland) (Lab): "As convener of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee, it is my pleasure to speak on behalf of the committee. It is an opportune time to debate electoral law…

Votes

How Martin Whitfield has voted in Parliament

Find out how Martin Whitfield has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-13759.3

Scottish Government Priorities: Tackling the Climate Emergency

Submitted by: Douglas Lumsden, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Result 50 for, 68 against, 0 abstained, 11 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-13757

Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Gillian Martin, Aberdeenshire East, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, June 24, 2024

Supported by: Màiri McAllan
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Result 116 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-13792

Approval of SSI

Submitted by: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Result 68 for, 0 against, 46 abstained, 15 did not vote

MSP abstained

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-13759.2

Scottish Government Priorities: Tackling the Climate Emergency

Submitted by: Sarah Boyack, Lothian, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Result 58 for, 59 against, 0 abstained, 12 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-13759.1

Scottish Government Priorities: Tackling the Climate Emergency

Submitted by: Patrick Harvie, Glasgow, Scottish Green Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Supported by: Mark Ruskell
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Result 8 for, 108 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted against

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-27861

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 29 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what information it holds on how many nurseries have cancelled their registrations with the Care Inspectorate since 2016."

Answered by Natalie Don on 12 June 2024

Question ref. S6W-27860

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 29 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what information it holds on how many nurseries have closed since 2016, broken down by local authority area."

Answered by Natalie Don on 11 June 2024

Question ref. S6W-27863

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 29 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what long-term strategies are being developed to ensure the financial viability and sustainability of nurseries."

Answered by Natalie Don on 11 June 2024

Question ref. S6W-27862

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 29 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what early warning systems are in place to identify any nurseries that are at risk of closure due to financial difficulties or staffing shortages."

Answered by Natalie Don on 11 June 2024

Question ref. S6T-02027

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 3 June 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it remains its position to have a target of 60% of household waste recycled annually by 2020, in light of reports that the target is being dropped."

Taken in the Chamber on 4 June 2024

Question ref. S6W-27410

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of how early retirement has impacted the number of active teachers, and what steps are being taken to address any potential teacher shortages arising from any such trend."

Answered by Ivan McKee on 28 May 2024

Question ref. S6W-27406

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what options are available for early retirement under the Scottish Teachers' Pension Scheme (STPS), and how any such options impact the final pension amount that a teacher receives."

Answered by Ivan McKee on 23 May 2024

Question ref. S6W-27414

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether the recent teacher pay settlements impact the future value of teacher pensions, and, if so, what steps are being taken to mitigate any potential negative effects."

Answered by Ivan McKee on 23 May 2024

Question ref. S6W-27407

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how it ensures the smooth transition for teachers moving between the Scottish Teachers' Superannuation Scheme (STSS) and the Scottish Teachers' Pension Scheme 2015 (STPS 2015), in order to avoid any loss of pension benefits."

Answered by Ivan McKee on 23 May 2024

Question ref. S6W-27409

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of rising living costs, whether it is considering any measures to increase the pension payments for current retirees who are members of the Scottish Teachers' Pension Scheme (STPS)."

Answered by Ivan McKee on 23 May 2024

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