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From P4 to Parliament: Scotland’s new teacher MP

Politician says it was a wrench to leave his school – and vows to return to teaching

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The night before the general election on Thursday 8 June, Labour candidate and primary teacher Martin Whitfield was hastily pulling together a lesson plan “just in case”.

He need not have bothered, because in the early hours of Friday 9 June he won his bid to become MP for East Lothian. By Monday, instead of talking politics with P4 as planned, he was heading down to London to the Houses of Parliament.

The day after the election was “absolute chaos”, he recalls. One of his first tasks that Friday was to break it to his headteacher that he would not be returning to school. But the head of ...

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