Deidre Brock MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith

Changing things by changing the way we look

The Welfare State is one of the best ideas of the 20th century, giving people the chance to start again when their lives are damaged. Some people have had to depend on it for extended periods of time and some have had the safety net catch them so they could climb back up again.It's been under attack for decades now, a toxic narrative of "scroungers...
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Scottish Affairs Committee explore post-Brexit immigration policy

The Scottish Affairs Committee met this week in Kirkcaldy to explore how post-Brexit immigration policy should address the needs of current migrants, the agricultural sector and rural and remote communities in Scotland. The Committee was addressed by members of the Fife Migrants Forum about their experiences of coming to live and work in Scotl...
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Leaving the EU: a disaster in slow motion

Today (Wed 31 Jan) we debated the UK Government's analysis papers on leaving the EU. I believe the papers must be made public, although I have my doubts they'll tell us much we don't already know .... here's my speech...Everybody with any sense of how the world works, or indeed, even the tiniest ability to listen to experts, knows that leaving the ...
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SNP TAKE SHOCK COLLAR CAMPAIGN TO TORIES AT WESTMINSTER

SNP politicians are calling on the Tory government at Westminster to use its reserved powers to ban the sale of electronic shock collars across the UK.Leading animal welfare groups united this week to praise the SNP Scottish Government's decision to use its devolved powers to introduce a "prompt and effective" ban on the use of shock collars and ot...
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Working Week 15-21 January

EU Withdrawal Bill - Labour and Tories let us downTwo days of debates on the EU Withdrawal bill culminated in the UK Government pushing it through almost unscathed - in the end nearly all the Tory MPs, including those from Scotland, meekly followed their party into the voting lobbies to vote through this bill. The honourable exception was Ken Clark...
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Brexit: The EU Withdrawal Bill

I have been getting so many emails about Brexit recently, as well as the various provisions within the EU Withdrawal Bill, that I've compiled a general response to clarify my position, and that of the SNP. For more details of my views on any particular clause or amendment of the EU Withdrawal Bill, you can follow my voting record here: https://hans...
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Mundell is caught knitting on the job

This article first appeared in Edinburgh Evening News Monday 15 January 2018 In the days of the French revolution a tricoteuse was a woman who sat and knitted while attending public executions. The advance of gender equality means we now have a male version of the tricoteuse in the shape of the Scottish Secretary David Mundell MP.The unfortuna...
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Working Week: 8-12 Jan 2018

Appointment of Esther McVey as Work & Pensions Secretary 'a disgrace' The Prime Minister's chaotic reshuffle did nothing for her credibility but certainly reinforced the 'nasty party' image of the Tories. Appointing Esther McVey as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions was a particularly dreadful move. McVey ha...
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Scotland Office questioning continues

One department that I've been asking a lot of questions of recently is the Scotland Office. It's important to scrutinise what they're up to as every penny that the Scotland Office spends is money that doesn't get spent on services in Scotland.There's been some questionable rises in spend for a department that has hardly any governing responsibiliti...
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My Working Week

The Brexit Bourach continues! The Tory Brexiteers were huffing and puffing and looking pretty glum as they suffered a bit of a blow this week! They didn't want parliament to have a legal right to scrutinise and vote on the final Brexit deal, but they lost the vote on 'Amendment 7' - which was backed by the SNP - by 309 to 305...
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Debate: EU Nationals need rights secured now

All these people, who are making our communities better places to live, are swinging in the wind because this Government are in thrall to a xenophobic wing of the Conservative party and a right-wing, anti-foreigner media Deidre Brock MP TRANSCRIPT OF SPEECH:-Don't the unintended consequences of the decision to leave the EU seem to be appea...
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Dr Elsie Inglis - a story that deserves to be told

The grit and passion this woman and her colleagues showed in standing up to the prevailing attitudes to women  and driving their plans forward regardless remain an inspiration to us all. Deidre Brock MP To commemorate 100 years since the death of Edinburgh hero, Dr Elsie Inglis, I spoke in today's debate about her legacy and the ...
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Best reform of House of Lords? Scrap it

I spoke in today's debate about reform of the House of Lords, led by my SNP colleague Tommy Sheppard MP. We were discussing the rather timid reforms put forward in a recent report from the Lord Speakers' Committee. I have some other ideas....There have been many debates on the House of Lords over many years. Indeed, some would say th...
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Career choices and challenges: the culture of casual sexism

I've seen suggestions that there should be more equality training in the workplace and a suggestion that men should routinely be given sensitivity training. The real answer, though, is men should be decent human beings who don't regard women as being worth less than they are. Deidre Brock MP A speech I gave to the CFA UK Scottish Gender Di...
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Supermarket surgery this Thursday

Since I'm back in Edinburgh a little earlier than normal I've added an extra surgery this week. I'll be at Sainsbury's café in Craigleith Retail Park from 11am-12noon. Come along and say hello if you live in the area and let me know if there's anything I can help you with. All my regular and 'pop-up' surgeries are listed on the calendar o...
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Abolish the VAT on Scotland's police and firefighters

Scotland's police force and fire brigade pay somewhere around £35 million a year in VAT. It's the only police force in the UK that has to pay VAT and the only fire brigade in the UK that has to pay VAT so it's a whole load of cash just ripped out of the hands of Scotland's firefighting capability and crimefighting capability.The Chancellor of the E...
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Brock leads debate on UK Government's 'grave and systematic violations' of disabled rights

The Tories will today come under fire for cuts to disability support, as MPs debate the UK government's record of violating the rights of disabled people. SNP MP Deidre Brock will lead the debate at Westminster, after the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities criticised UK government austerity and welfare cuts for creating a "hum...
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Blog: Celebrating World Animal Day

The desire to build a kinder, fairer, more compassionate society doesn't stop with homosapiens. Deidre Brock MP, World Animal Day 2017 Today I took part in an event to celebrate World Animal Day.  Organised by the One O'clock Gun Association, it fittingly took place at the giraffe sculptures at the top of Leith Walk. Desp...
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My working week Sept 9-15 2017

Brexit!This week the EU Withdrawal Bill stumbled gracelessly through Westminster and the chaos of Brexit; unplanned, ill-considered and disorganised from a government with no idea what it's doing or why – and the Bill itself robs powers away from the Scottish Parliament, the Senned and Stormont. The SNP, of course, opposes this power-grab – it's no...
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NHS Pay Debate

My speech in full from the debate on NHS pay (Sept 13 2017) calling for decent pay for all public sector workers - poverty is a political choice, not a necessity. The first order of business should be congratulating the Scottish Government on removing the cap on public sector pay rises. We should note, too, that, as my hon. Friend Dr Whitford said,...
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