Deidre Brock MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith

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 Ministe...
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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. ...
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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 performa...
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Traidcraft Big Brew

It's Fairtrade Fortnight, and this Friday and Saturday I attended two 'Tradecraft Big Brew' fundraising events in north Edinburgh, where copious amounts of coffee, tea and delicious home baking was consumed.All the goods were fair trade and all the money raised was to help lift people out of poverty in rural Africa, where 70% of people depend on ag...
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PMQs: Brock questions May on human rights

Below is my question to Prime Minister Theresa May during today's PMQ's (February 1). It refers to Ms May's recent meetings with Donald Trump and then President Erdogan of Turkey whose regime has become increasingly authoritarian since the failed coup attempt last summer. Ms May seems reluctant to challenge or criticise either leader...
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SNP MPs HARDEST WORKING IN PARLIAMENT IN 2016

New figures have revealed Scottish National Party MPs were the hardest working in the UK Parliament during 2016 with higher levels of participation. SNP MPs spoke in an average of 64 debates last year, significantly more than Labour and Tory MPs.Data released by the House of Commons Library has also revealed the number of times the word "Scotland" ...
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Overseas students are the Real McCoy for Edinburgh

The Real McCoy, Elijah McCoy that is, studied mechanical engineering at Edinburgh University. He was a foreign student whose later inventions meant railway locomotives ran better. Heriot Watt University has over 116,000 alumni worldwide in over 190 countries. Edinburgh College has links to India and Dubai and historic links in Azerbaijan, Egypt and...
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December Newsletter 2016

Deidre's latest e-newsletter is now available online - click here to read. If you want to receive the newsletter in your in-box then subscribe here.
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UK GOVERNMENT URGED TO REJECT BREXITEER BID TO SCRAP ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS

UK GOVERNMENT URGED TO REJECT BREXITEER BID TO SCRAP ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS SNP MP Deidre Brock today used Prime Minister's Questions to urge the UK government to reject proposals by a leading Tory Brexiteer to use leaving the EU as an opportunity to scrap important environmental and safety standards. The MP for Edinburgh North and Leith called ...
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Article 50

I received so many emails about Article 50 with so many different points of view and covering different topics that I have written down my own opinion and a few brief points below.I think our interests are best served inside the European Union - I campaigned for a Remain vote in June and I voted Remain in the referendum. I acknowledge that not ever...
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Homes secured for Lorne Street residents

Commenting on today's announcement that the Agnes Hunter Trust has agreed the sale of their complete portfolio of 92 properties in Lorne Street, Leith to Places for People Scotland, ensuring all residents can stay in their homes, Deidre Brock MP said:-"I'm thrilled to bits to hear this news. What a fantastic day for the tenants of Lorne Street who ...
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Brock welcomes plans for Granton Walled Garden

Deidre Brock MP welcomed the decision from developers behind the Granton Waterfront to retain the Granton Castle Walled Garden as a community green space and incorporate it into their plans for the area.The medieval garden – once a hunting lodge for James IV - looked set to have 17 new townhouses built on it, before community groups stepped in and ...
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DUMP THE RAPE CLAUSE SAYS BROCK – PUBLIC’S HELP NEEDED

Deidre Brock, MP for Edinburgh North and Leith, has called for Edinburgh residents to join the campaign to dump the rape clause in tax credits. She said that people power was needed to help reject plans from the Tory government to restrict tax credits to two children and introduce a "medieval" clause for vulnerable women. Last year the UK Governmen...
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Edinburgh University “annoyed” at snub for post-study visa pilot

The Principal of Edinburgh University said he was "jolly annoyed" at not being given the chance to take part in a new post-study visa scheme being piloted at four prestigious universities in England, despite the success of the previous scheme in Scotland.Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea was speaking to the Scottish Affairs Committee during an evidence ...
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Speech: Impact of Brexit on Tourism

As the walls go up to build fortress Brexit and we are told to duck and cover while the assembled intellectual might of the leave campaign protects us from foreigners, let us take a moment to think this through. Is it really to our advantage to cut ourselves off from tourists, customers, trade and exchange? Deidre Brock MP Sp...
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Speech: opposing Tory proposals for a new Royal Yacht

The sad and sorry Britannia plan sounds like the regrets of someone who has missed their chance drawing the tattered remnants of their dreams around them for whatever warmth they can offer while the world rushes by uncaringly. Deidre Brock MP Deidre Brock's speech (plus interventions, from Hansard 11/10/16 https://goo.gl/...
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Britannia should stay put in Leith as a museum piece - Brock

Deidre Brock MP dismissed Tory calls to bring the Royal Yacht Britannia back as a working ship as 'daft'.Speaking ahead of this afternoon's parliamentary debate on the issue, Ms Brock said:-"The Royal Yacht Britannia is a beautifully kept museum piece. The plan to bring it back as a working ship is just daft. "The ship is a floating curiosity from ...
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Brock calls for rethink of pension reforms

As the SNP launch a report into the impact of state pension age changes on women born in the 1950's, Deidre Brock MP has called for the UK Government to rethink the accelerated timetable for change.Ms Brock is a supporter of the 'Women Against State Pension Inequality' (WASPI) campaign which calls for transitional arrangements for the women worst ...
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Leith Life Photo Competition

Inspiring Leith are holding a Leith wide photo competition this autumn, capturing the people or places that make Leith special. There are a variety of ways to enter using mobile phones or digital cameras via whatsapp (07436 151174), twitter (@leithlifephotos), facebook (/leithlife), email (info@leithlife.com) or web (www.leithlife.com). They also h...
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Speech: Edinburgh rally for refugees

Instead of greeting refugees and asylum seekers with suspicion and bureaucracy and a Border Force programmed to turn them away we should be greeting them with compassion and blankets, with food and with welcome. Deidre Brock MP I was at the Edinburgh rally for refugees at the weekend and we heard some harrowing stories. I find...
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