Deidre Brock MP

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

Civil Liberties: I Will Dance to Tom Paine's Bones

This article first appeared in The Leither magazine I sometimes get a bit lost finding my way around Westminster – I may have been working there for a couple of years but it's still a really weird place and it's easy to lose your bearings. I got lost one Monday afternoon recently and needed some help. There was, fortunately, a helpful policeman nea...
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Supporting our creatives

As some of you know, I've got a bit of a background in the creative sector, both in my earlier career as a professional actor then later – with my political hat on – as Convener of Culture and Sport at the City of Edinburgh Council, where I was responsible for delivering projects from the Assembly Rooms refurbishment to the Glenogle Baths restorati...
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Expectant mums - make sure you sign up for new baby box

Edinburgh North and Leith MP Deidre Brock is encouraging all expectant mums with a baby due on or after August 15 to make sure they register for the new Scottish Government baby box scheme.  They can sign up to receive the baby box at their next midwife's appointment. The boxes are packed with around 40 useful items for a newbor...
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Deidre announced as SNP front bench spokesperson on Fair Work and Employment

Edinburgh North and Leith's MP, Deidre Brock was announced as part of the SNP's new leadership team at Westminster. Deidre will be frontbench spokesperson on Devolved Government Relations and Northern Ireland and Fair Work and Employment. The team was named by Westminster Group Leader Ian Blackford MP ahead of the Queen's Speech tomorrow,...
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Fire safety in Edinburgh's tower blocks

Following the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower in London last week, many residents of multi-storey tower blocks in Edinburgh and Leith have been understandably concerned about the safety of their own homes. I attended a briefing session at the Council for an update on what has been done by the housing team and fire safety officers to re-assure resid...
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Forthcoming Surgeries

While chaos continues at Westminster, there's work to be done here so time to roll up the sleeves and get back to the regular programme of constituency surgeries. The first surgery is this Friday (June 16) at Stockbridge Library, 1-2pm. The rolling programme is below - check the calendar or call the office for mor...
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DUP DEAL MUST BE TRANSPARENT

Commenting on the UK government's attempts to establish a "confidence and supply deal" with the DUP, SNP MP and Northern Ireland spokesperson Deidre Brock said: "It is an absolute shambles that the Tories claimed to have struck a formal deal with the DUP, only to now admit that no such deal was in place. Theresa May's government is in absolute chao...
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fox hunting

I was at a League Against Cruel Sports rally against fox hunting in Edinburgh recently. It's difficult to believe that instead of looking at where the law needs tightened up – as we will do in Scotland – Tories are keen to repeal the ban (only a bad election result seems to have dropped it from the agenda in the immediate future). Foxhunting i...
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UK GENERAL ELECTION CALLED – CHANCE FOR PUBLIC TO GIVE VERDICT ON TORY GOVERNMENT

Responding to the Prime Minister's decision to call an early General Election, Deidre Brock MP said: "The election gives the public the chance to give their verdict on the UK Tory Government. Voters across Scotland will be able to make it clear what they think of the callous treatment Theresa May and her Government have handed out to people who are...
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March e-newsletter

​A round-up of recent work at Westminster and in the constituency. Sign up here  if you'd like to receive my newsletters in your in-box. Read archived March issue online here .
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Cuts will help disabled people into work - aye, right

This article first appeared in the Edinburgh Evening News on March 28, 2017. http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/opinion/deidre-brock-cuts-will-help-disabled-into-work-aye-right-1-4404620 April is coming, spring is here and summer is on its way. All seems right with the world and happiness is all around. Unless you're one of those people – y...
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Speech: Edinburgh Gurdwara

I spoke at the 40th anniversary of Gurdwara on Sunday (March 26). Speaking in the aftermath of the attack at Westminster it was a time to re-inforce the message of 'kinship of all' and celebrate the Sikh community's four decades of contribution to Edinburgh and Leith. You and I and all of our neighbours, whether they live next door or the...
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No way to run a country, Theresa

Article published in the Edinburgh Evening News, March 15, 2017 Here we are, then, nine months after the Brexit referendum, eight months since Theresa May became Prime Minister, five months since she promised Scotland a hotline on Brexit negotiations, three months since the Scottish Government published a full position paper on Brexit, still having...
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Brock warns time running out for compromise deal on Brexit

Deidre Brock MP has urged Theresa May to pick up the phone and make a compromise deal with the First Minister on Brexit if they want the UK to remain together. Deidre, who is SNP spokesperson for devolved government relations, was speaking during a Westminster Hall debate that she called on the impact of triggering Article 50 on the devolution sett...
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Behind the doors at Custom House

The marvellous old Custom House building has stood proudly at The Shore welcoming ships to Leith since 1812 but in recent history has become a bit of a sleeping giant, used mainly as store for museum artefacts. Now its regeneration for community use is well underway. The Scottish Historic Buildings Trust has opened the door to a...
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Speech: Scotland needs its own immigration policy

I spoke in a debate this afternoon (Thursday March 9) about the Scottish Affairs Committee's report into the demography of Scotland and its implications for devolution. I discussed the differing population needs we have and pressed the case for the UK Government to work with the Scottish Government to find  tailored immigration solut...
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WASPI rally - the fight goes on for pension justice

I had a good meeting with WASPI women in London yesterday. (that's Women Against State Pension Inequality' for anyone who still doesn't know!) They are campaigning hard for justice for thousands of women born in the 1950s who had their retirement plans shattered by abrupt changes to the state pension age. There was a massive turnout of women f...
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Prime Minister refuses to ask Scottish Parliament for consent on ‘Brexit’ Scotland Act

Prime Minister Theresa May today refused to confirm she would consult with the Scottish people and ask the Scottish Parliament to agree before she changes the Scotland Act after Brexit. In response to a question from Edinburgh North and Leith MP Deidre Brock, Mrs May just said she speaks a lot to the Scottish Government. Speaking after Prime Minist...
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Speech: Audacious Women of Art

Pauline Boty created pop art works in the early 1960s – right at the leading edge of the new art – it was her ideas and her imagination that sparked a movement but the artists that most people remember today are boring old guys like Warhol. Compared to the vibrant sensuality of Boty, the Campbell's soup can is as cream of chicken as it gets. Deidre...
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Leith International Women's Day

Leith has no shortage of inspiring women, not least the legend that is Mary Moriarty! Mary opened proceedings at the third Leith International Women's Day event on Saturday, telling us about some of the local women who inspired her. Held at South Leith Parish Church Hall, this was a really positive multicultural event with lots of perform...
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