Deidre Brock MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith

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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International Development Question: Human Rights in Malawi

I was alarmed to hear reports that 2 men, Cuthbert Kulemela and Kelvin Gonani, had recently been arrested in Malawi for consensual sex. During parliamentary questions in chamber yesterday I questioned International Development Minister Justine Greening on the UK Government's response to this human rights issue- you can watch the exchange here:...
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Fracking

The constituency of Edinburgh North and Leith is thankfully not currently under threat of fracking but I have concerns about fracking and the potential damage it can cause. The SNP Scottish Government has put a block on fracking to allow for further research and public consultation. SNP ministers have also been meeting environmental NGOs, community...
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Local Tax Reform: Brock welcomes move to fairer system

Commenting on the publication of the report by the cross-party Commission on Local Tax Reform, Edinburgh North and Leith MP Deidre Brock said:-"This detailed piece of work marks the beginning of the end for the discredited council tax. The report seriously considers all alternative options for local taxes - whether based on property, land or incom...
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Cats Protection

I was happy to lend support to Cats Protection at their Westminster drop-in event yesterday. Cats protection do great work rehoming pets and preventing more moggies from becoming abandoned, especially at this time of year. From the photo it seems they even saved the Goodies' Kitten Kong! (See video clip here for those that aren't...
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Launch of "Christmas in Leith"

Despite the rain pelting down the kids from Lorne Primary were in great voice yesterday at the launch of Leith Festival's "Christmas in Leith", and certainly got us in the festive spirit. They sang a selection of Christmas son...
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My view on Syrian Airstrikes

On December 3rd, the UK Government won the vote to send RAF planes to bomb Syria. I opposed that, voted against it, and would have preferred that it had not happened. I do not believe that the abhorrent attacks by ISIS will be resolved by more bombing in Syria, a country which is already suffering one of the worst humanitarian crises of recent tim...
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Rethink #HIV this World Aids Day

December the 1st is World Aids Day. It's shocking that an estimated 34 million people live with HIV around the world, and more than 35 million have lost their lives to AIDS. This is a time to stand in solidarity with all those affected, but also to reflect on how far we've come.In Scotland, as with most of the wealthier natio...
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New cycle route - views sought

The council are seeking views on their plans for a new cycle route from the Roseburn Path to Leith Walk via George Street. The route will be mostly segregated from traffic and links the off road network with planned cycle facilities on Leith Walk. Have a look at the proposals and send your comments before January 5, 2016 to cyclingprojects.consulta...
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Trident debate

I was pleased to have the opportunity to speak against the expensive and unjustifiable folly of renewing Trident during the opposition day debate led by the SNP yesterday. I focussed on criticisms from within the military of these unjustifiable plans to waste billions on weapons of mass destruction.It was dis...
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Behind the scenes at the Botanic Gardens

On Wednesday (Nov 11) I visited the Royal Botanical Gardens next to Inverleith Park. It was a fascinating and really enjoyable visit, despite storm Abigail's best efforts to bring down the greenhouse...
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British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly

On Monday (November 16), Deidre is on parliamentary business for the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly which is having its 51st plenary at Cheltenham. This is the first of the twice-yearly plenaries to be attended by Deidre since she was appointed as the SNP representative from the Westminster team.The British Irish Assembly ...
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Tax office closures

News that 137 HMRC offices are set to be closed will come as a desperate blow to civil servants working for the tax authority. Even those who are able to transfer to one of the 13 new 'regional centres' will be worried about their future. With services already feeling the strain, those that keep their jobs will find the increased workload a heavy b...
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