Philippa Whitford MP

MP for Central Ayrshire

Philippa supported More United's campaign on the impact of Brexit on the NHS by adding her name to a cross-party letter urging the Prime Minister to issue advice to NHS Trusts up and down the country on how to prepare for a no-deal Brexit.  

Prior to her election to Parliament, Philippa was a Consultant Breast Cancer Surgeon and in the early 1990s, spent 18 months as a medical volunteer at a UN sponsored hospital in Gaza. She is a passionate supporter of Palestinian rights and returned to Palestine in 2016 and 2017 to support the development of improved breast cancer care and services. 

Philippa is the Shadow Health Spokesperson for the SNP at Westminster and, in the last Parliament, sat on the Health Select Committee. Philippa has been vociferous on the subject of the Junior Doctors, the removal of training bursaries from Nurses and other health professionals, and the implications of Brexit on health.

Philippa has also spent many months campaigning for split payments to be made the norm under Universal Credit to help prevent the benefit from exacerbating domestic abuse and financial coercion.

She is Vice-Chair of the APPG on Hunger and an officer of the APPG on Poverty.


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