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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 at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5827
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Martin is not a member of any cross-party groups

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 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.

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: 16 September 2021

Education Agencies (Recruitment)

Martin Whitfield (South Scotland) (Lab): "Thank you, Presiding Officer—I will not read out a job description…

Chamber meeting date: 16 September 2021

Fairer and More Equal Society

Martin Whitfield (South Scotland) (Lab): "It is a great pleasure to follow that thoughtful contribution from Bob Doris, in particular with regard to universal credit…

Chamber meeting date: 15 September 2021

Covid 19 (Funding for Ventilation in Schools)

6. Martin Whitfield (South Scotland) (Lab): "To ask the Scottish Government what discussions the finance secretary has had with the education secretary regarding the allocation of additional funding to improve ventilation in schools to help reduce the spread of Covid-19. (S6O-00146)"

Chamber meeting date: 14 September 2021

Valneva Covid-19 Vaccine

Martin Whitfield (South Scotland) (Lab): "On a point of order, Presiding Officer. The first topical question related to vaccination passports, and there was great interest in asking additional questions to seek clarification on the matter…

Chamber meeting date: 14 September 2021

Scottish Parliament (Designated Status)

Martin Whitfield (South Scotland) (Lab): "I echo Stephen Kerr’s conclusion that this is a good opportunity to clarify the situation that arose over the weekend. This is possibly a situation in which better communication at the start might have avoided that…

Votes

How Martin Whitfield has voted in Parliament

Find out how Martin Whitfield has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-01248

A Land of Opportunity - Supporting a Fairer and More Equal Society

Submitted by: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, September 16, 2021

Result 67 for, 30 against, 20 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP abstained

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-01248.2

A Land of Opportunity - Supporting a Fairer and More Equal Society

Submitted by: Pam Duncan-Glancy, Glasgow, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Supported by: Foysol Choudhury, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, September 16, 2021

Result 25 for, 93 against, 0 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-01248.1

A Land of Opportunity - Supporting a Fairer and More Equal Society

Submitted by: Miles Briggs, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Supported by: Sharon Dowey
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, September 16, 2021

Result 33 for, 65 against, 20 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP abstained

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-01217.2

Return to Normal GP Services

Submitted by: Humza Yousaf, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Supported by: Kevin Stewart, Maree Todd
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Result 67 for, 56 against, 0 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-01217.1

Return to Normal GP Services

Submitted by: Jackie Baillie, Dumbarton, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Supported by: Paul O'Kane, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Result 56 for, 65 against, 0 abstained, 8 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-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."

Awaiting answer

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."

Awaiting answer

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."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-02749

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 8 September 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what the scientific basis is for the continuing COVID-19 restrictions on parents and carers from watching their children participate in organised school sport."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-02362

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19 August 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will consider fast-tracking applications for the new Adult Disability Payment from people who are undergoing cancer treatment."

Answered by: Ben Macpherson on 3 September 2021

Question ref. S6W-01452

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 14 July 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will consider undertaking a campaign to raise public awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 30 July 2021

Question ref. S6W-00742

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether the NHS Recovery Plan will incorporate the role of the third sector in supporting people’s health and alleviating pressure on the NHS."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 13 July 2021

Question ref. S6W-00740

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how the NHS Recovery Plan will build on any innovation and new partnerships developed during the COVID-19 pandemic between NHS boards and the third sector."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 13 July 2021

Question ref. S6W-00741

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how the NHS Recovery Plan will support delivery of the commitment to a Right to Rehab."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 2 July 2021

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