Deidre Brock MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith
Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith

Commemorative carriage honours victims of Quintinshill

Edinburgh North and Leith MP Deidre Brock has welcomed the dedication of a newly restored Victorian railway carriage to the victims of the Quintinshill Rail Disaster of 1915. At an Armistice Day Ceremony in Nottingham today (11/11/15) a commemorative plaque was unveiled on a replica carriage, restored by the GCR Trust Rolling Stock. Ms Brock tabled...
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Leith based charity wins award

It was fantastic to see Leith based charity Euan's Guide win an award for their groundbreaking website, just ahead of their 2nd birthday! Euan's Guide's reviewers provide trustworthy information on the accessibility of venues all around the globe. The charity picked up the social enterprise and charity award at the recent  Heral...
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Scotland Bill debated at Westminster

The Scotland Bill went through its final stages in the House of Commons in a rushed debate on Monday afternoon. The SNP MPs put down a number of amendments designed to bring the Bill closer to what was propose by the Smith Commission. Sensible proposals on devolving powers on tax credits, industrial relations and workers' rights were all rejec...
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UK Government must act to unlock off-patent drugs

Deidre Brock MP has called for the UK Government to help make cost effective, lifesaving drugs more readily available on the NHS. The Edinburgh North and Leith MP is backing the Off-patent Drugs Bill which would make it easier for older drugs to be licensed and used for a secondary purpose. Ms Brock said:- "Drugs licensing is a reserved issue, but ...
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Youth Homelessness Fundraiser

This morning (Sept 11) I was at the launch of the Rock Trust's annual 'End Youth Homelessness' Sleep Out Challenge. The Rock Trust supports 16-25 year olds as they build the skills and resources to avoid or move on from homelessness. Local supporters are invited to spend a night sleeping out in Festival Square to raise funds for the Rock Trust...
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Visit to Leonard Cheshire Care Home & Respite Centre

It was a pleasure to meet the residents and staff at Leonard Cheshire's Newhaven care home & the respite service in Granton today. Both places offer a really homely and friendly environment with specialist care and support for adults with physical disabilities.  This was a great opportunity to learn more about the work done by this fantast...
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Opposing the Trade Union Bill

It was a busy week in Westminster. On Monday, the SNP led the opposition against the UK Government's regressive trade union reform bill. The bill aims to introduce unacceptable changes to workers' rights; it would rig the rules by introducing higher voting thresholds in strike ballots, end the ban on agency workers during strikes, and introduce res...
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Northern Ireland Statement

On Tuesday I spoke on behalf of the SNP group in response to the Secretary for State for Northern Ireland Ms Theresa Villier's statement about recent developments in Stormont.  This is a difficult situation and I hope all parties can come together in a spirit of compromise and co-operation.  The full text of my response can be found here:...
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Tax Credit Cuts

On Tuesday the UK Government introduced tax credit changes that will mean drastic cuts to the income of 3 million families in low-paid work across the UK, almost 200,000 in Scotland. These changes were first announced in the Chancellor's Budget in July.  The SNP group voted against these damaging cuts which hurt the working poor and increase i...
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My response to the refugee crisis

The scenes of displaced people who have risked their lives to seek refuge in Europe are truly heartbreaking.  We have a moral obligation to offer refuge to people fleeing conflict and persecution. We can and must do more; the UK Government's slow and limited response is simply not good enough.  There is a real need to develop a more co-op...
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