Deidre Brock MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith

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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Problems at HMRC wont be solved by change in personnel

Commenting on today's announcement that HMRC Chief Executive Lin Homer will step down in April, the SNP's member on the Public Accounts Committee, Deidre Brock MP said:-"Lin Homer has had a long career as a civil servant and I wish her well in her future endeavours.""The deep-rooted problems with HMRC won't be resolved by this change in personnel h...
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Data protection policy

Data Protection PolicyThis policy sets out how Deidre Brock MP and staff must handle personal data in line with the Data Protection Act 1998.Deidre Brock MP is registered as a Data Controller with the Information Commissioner under registration reference ZA119219. She must ensure that her registration is renewed and the relevant fee paid annually.T...
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BROCK CALLS FOR FAIRNESS FOR WOMEN IN PENSION REFORMS

Deidre Brock MP (Edinburgh North and Leith) has called for a fairer deal for women born in the 1950s who have been disproportionately affected by state pension reforms. Ms Brock was speaking in support of the WASPI campaign (women against state pension inequality) during a backbench parliamentary debate on the effect of the equalisation of state pe...
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UK GOVERNMENT SLAMMED FOR POOR RECORD ON PUBLIC PROJECTS

Deidre Brock MP has criticised the UK Government for its "total lack of control" of spending on public projects after a National Audit Office report showed a third of major projects expected within the next 5 years, from a portfolio costing more than £500 billion, were rated 'in doubt' or 'unachievable'.Deidre Brock MP, the SNP's member on the...
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Christmas Recess Dates

The UK Parliament is in recess for the Christmas and New Year holiday period. Parliament is sitting again on Tuesday January 5th.Business for the first day of the new term can be viewed here:  ​http://calendar.parliament.uk/calendar/Commons/All/2016/1/5/Daily​       
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Brock welcomes Royal High School decision

Commenting on today's decision by Edinburgh Council to refuse proposals for the six star hotel in the former Royal High School building, Deidre Brock MP said:-"This was a passionate debate and everyone involved wants what's best for Edinburgh, but I believe the right decision was made. I've no objection to a new hotel in the city, but this is simpl...
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Meeting the volunteers at the foodbank

Last week I chatted with some of the volunteers working for the Edinburgh North East foodbank at their base in South Leith Parish Church. It's absolutely shocking that foodbanks have become so necessary in these days of benefit delays, cuts and sanctions, but it's a fact that they provide lifeline support to people facing foo...
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Women in Parliament

At a recent 'women in parliament' event, I was surprised to learn that there are more male MPs in the current UK parliament than there have been women MPs in the whole of history. I'm number 416 (by election date and swearing in order) of a grand total of 450 women MPs so far and only one Prime Minister!  In Edinburgh things are m...
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