Deidre Brock MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith

Refugee Children

I've been contacted by constituents who are concerned about lone child refugees making their way across Europe.  During the Second World War the UK offered refuge and asylum to those facing persecution in Europe.  I agree that it's our duty to act again to protect the vulnerable civilians who are being displaced by war and terror – w...
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Changes to ESA

I have consistently opposed the UK Government's proposals to cut £30 a week from the support given to sick and disabled people in the ESA work-related activity group. The SNP has challenged this cut at every stage of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill by bringing forward amendments to remove the proposal. We will continue to do so when the Bill retur...
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My views on snaring

I've been contacted recently by constituents asking me about my views on snaring.  The welfare of wildlife – which includes snaring – is devolved to the Scottish Parliament.I confess that I'm not an expert on countryside management and my instincts are against the use of snares altogether, but I appreciate there may be a need for them in ...
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BROCK CALLS FOR A FAIR DEAL FOR ALL TAX PAYERS – RENEWS CALLS FOR EU INVESTIGATION INTO GOOGLE TAX DEAL

Deidre Brock MP has called for the same tax rules to apply to all businesses following the HMRC's £130million settlement of back tax for Google.As the SNP Member of the Public Accounts Committee, Ms Brock took evidence from the Chief Executive of HMRC Dame Lin Homer and President of Google Europe Matt Brittin over the recent tax settlement, which f...
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Rail fare increases

I believe that rail fare raises are most unwelcome, especially during these times of UK Government austerity and pay freezes. In order to set fair fares it's important that the most appropriate operator is given the franchise, EU law allows public sector organisations to bid to operate rail services but the UK Government forbids this.  I ...
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Speech: Public Finances Debate 3 Feb 2016

Below is my contribution to the debate on Scotland's Public Finances (Wed Feb 3rd). ​​For background on why the 'fiscal framework' being negotiated by the Scottish and UK Governments is  so important, see here.You can also watch my speech on the UK parliament website here or read the full debate here.PUBLIC FINANCES: SCOTLA...
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Deidre calls for women over 50 to go for breast cancer screening

Deidre Brock MP has marked World Cancer Day (Thurs Feb 4) by calling on all eligible women to participate in the Scottish Breast Cancer Screening Programme and go for a routine mammogram. All women in Scotland aged 50-70 are invited for a check every 3 years, while women over 70 are encouraged to self-refer to their local centre.Deidre spoke of he...
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Response from police on 'Roosh V' meet

This morning we received a letter from Edinburgh Chief Superintendent Kenny MacDonald, in response to the safety concerns I raised about the planned gathering of followers of Daryush Valizadeh - known as 'Roosh V' - in Edinburgh this weekend.To be clear, no-one knows how many men in Edinburgh are likely to turn up for Mr Valizadeh's attempt at a ga...
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Food waste

I believe that while families are struggling with food poverty and reliant on foodbanks it's illogical that perfectly good food is thrown away – especially before it makes it to the shops. I believe edible food shouldn't be thrown away and I signed EDM 66A1 supporting the redistribution of edible food which you can see here: http://www.parliament.u...
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LGBT History Month

Lots of interesting projects going on for LGBT History Month which starts today. One local event which caught my eye was the Leith based social history charity Living Memory Association working with LGBT Youth Scotland to help uncover the histories of Edinburgh's LGBT communities. You are invited to take photos to s...
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Brock writes to police over concerns about 'Roosh V' gathering

Commenting on the planned gathering in Edinburgh of supporters of the American author Daryush Valizadeh (known as 'Roosh V') who advocates the legalisation of rape on private property, Deidre Brock MP said:-"Mr Valizadeh's views on rape are dangerously idiotic. While I think he deserves ridicule and contempt more than publicity, there are safety co...
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Help with debt and fuel poverty

To mark 'debt awareness week' I visited Shelter Scotland to find out a bit about their work helping people who are struggling with their household finances.At a time when many people are already finding it tough to make ends meet, the additional pressures from fuel costs can be a particular strain on the budget. The blight of...
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Leith Decides Voting Launch - Feb 6

On Saturday February 6th voting begins to decide which local projects will receive support from the Leith Neighbourhood Partnership Community Grants Fund.This is the 6th year of the innovative 'Leith Decides' scheme which involves local people in decision-making on public money spent in the community.There are 36 projects in the runnin...
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Get a "#Burnsie" on Bernard Street!

It's an incredible fact that there are more statues of Robert Burns around the world than any other non-religious figure except Columbus and Queen Victoria... To celebrate this, a collage of photos of people posing next to Burns' statues around the globe is being collated as part of the Scottish Government's 'Winter...
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Brock calls for support to scrap the rape clause

 Deidre Brock MP has called on constituents to support the petition to scrap the UK Government's rape clause. Proposals from the Conservative Government - which aims to limit child tax credits to just two children - would require a woman who has a third child as the result of rape to justify her position in order to avoid losing the...
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Members wanted for Leith Central Community Council

​Nominations are now open for places on Leith Central Community Council. This is a great opportunity to represent the community and help influence the decision making process. You can read more about the work of community councils here: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20133/community_planning/730/community_councils​If you want ...
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Community projects in Leith get funding boost

I'm delighted to hear that two fantastic local charities - the Citadel Youth Centre and The Living Memory Association - have been awarded grants from the Big Lottery Fund.The Citadel Youth Centre has worked with children and young people in Leith since 1980. Manager Willy Barr (who has been there almost as long :)) and his team do...
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The wounds from relentless austerity measures

The Chancellor calls the cuts "difficult decisions" yet he looks like a man who has lost no sleep over them. Deidre Brock MP This is an article I wrote about the impact of austerity measures on provision of social care services. It was published in Politics First magazine, where it's also available online.   &...
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Supporting junior doctors in England

The changes to contracts for junior doctors which have led to strike action do not apply in Scotland, as the NHS is devolved and the Scottish Government has taken a different approach.Nevertheless, many constituents have expressed concern about the new pay&conditions being imposed on junior doctors by the UK Government, a...
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Launch of New Town Community Cinema Programme

I'm delighted that Edinburgh's newest cinema is in the constituency - the New Town Community Cinema.  The cinema started last year in the Glasite Meeting House on Barony Street, just off Broughton Street on the edge of the New Town.It's a brilliant way to make creative use of such a beautiful historic building (which is...
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