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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

Martin is not a member of any committees

Cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Martin does not have any parliamentary or government roles

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

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

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

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]

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 £170 by You Gov on 11 November 2021 for completing a survey. [Registered 2 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.

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.

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee meeting date: 26 May 2022

Decision on Taking Business in Private

The Convener (Martin Whitfield): "Good morning. I apologise for the slight delay to the start of the 13th meeting in 2022 of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee. We have received apologies from Edward Mountain MSP. In his place, we are joined by Sue Webber MSP…

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee meeting date: 26 May 2022

Future Parliamentary Procedures and Practices Inquiry

The Convener: "09:08 I welcome to the evidence session Artemis Pana, national co-ordinator, Scottish Rural Action; Bill Scott, senior policy adviser, Inclusion Scotland; Charis Scott, Scotland promotion and engagement manager, Christians Against Poverty; and Mhairi Wylie, chief officer, Highland Third Sector Interface, and member of the TSI Scotland…

Chamber meeting date: 18 May 2022

Scottish Attainment Challenge

Martin Whitfield (South Scotland) (Lab): "Is Ruth Maguire aware of any Scottish Government analysis of how the impact of those cuts on the nine authorities will affect them relative to the effect across Scotland?"

Chamber meeting date: 12 May 2022

Community Hospitals

Martin Whitfield (South Scotland) (Lab): "The cabinet secretary will be aware of the Edington cottage hospital in East Lothian within South Scotland, and the outstanding invitation from the broad community group to discuss the current situation with him…

Chamber meeting date: 12 May 2022

Striking University Staff

Martin Whitfield (South Scotland) (Lab): "It is a pleasure to speak in the debate, and I congratulate Maggie Chapman on lodging the motion and getting cross-party support for it…

Votes

How Martin Whitfield has voted in Parliament

Find out how Martin Whitfield has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-04621

Update on Delivery of Social Security Benefits

Submitted by: Ben Macpherson, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Supported by: Christina McKelvie, Shona Robison
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, May 26, 2022

Result 65 for, 48 against, 0 abstained, 16 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-04621.1

Update on Delivery of Social Security Benefits

Submitted by: Miles Briggs, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, May 26, 2022

Result 28 for, 85 against, 0 abstained, 16 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-04621.2

Update on Delivery of Social Security Benefits

Submitted by: Pam Duncan-Glancy, Glasgow, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Supported by: Mark Griffin, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, May 26, 2022

Result 49 for, 64 against, 0 abstained, 16 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-04580.3

Community Wealth Building – Delivering Transformation in Scotland’s Local and Regional Economies

Submitted by: Douglas Lumsden, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Result 31 for, 87 against, 0 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-04567.1

Keeping Care Close to Home and Improving Outcomes

Submitted by: Paul O'Kane, West Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, May 23, 2022

Supported by: Carol Mochan, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Result 21 for, 97 against, 3 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-08460

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11 May 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether any adjustment has been made to the future budget for the Scottish Milk and Healthy Snack Scheme for the 2022-23 academic year, in light of the recent increase in the retail price of milk."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-08218

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26 April 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish its Rare Disease Action Plan."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 10 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-08219

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26 April 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how much funding it has made available for the creation and implementation of its Rare Disease Action Plan in (a) the current financial year and (b) each of the last five years."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 10 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-07777

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 4 April 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of paragraph 28 of the Audit Scotland report, New vessels for the Clyde and Hebrides, stating that “it is not clear what discussions took place between Scottish ministers and Transport Scotland about the contract award...there is no documented evidence to confirm why Scottish ministers were willing to…

Answered by: Kate Forbes on 4 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-06268

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 4 February 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether young people who have received an email confirmation that they will receive a travel card for free bus travel, but have not received it, are able to claim back their bus travel costs between 1 February 2022 and the date on which they received their card, and if this is the case, what the process is for them to…

Answered by: Jenny Gilruth on 3 March 2022

Question ref. S6W-06598

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15 February 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how many undergraduate and postgraduate students have presented as homeless since May 2016, broken down by higher education institution."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-06054

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 31 January 2022

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-05217

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

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the timeline for plans to pilot free school breakfast provision in primary and special schools."

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 17 January 2022

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."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 20 November 2021

Question ref. S6W-04040

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 3 November 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what guidance it has given to local authorities regarding parent-teacher consultations, and whether any such guidance specifies (a) whether they should be virtual or in-person meetings, (b) the time of day that meetings should take place and (c) any position on the importance of meeting any requirements for engagement…

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 10 November 2021

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