Deidre Brock MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith

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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Granton walled garden

The lost walled garden of Granton Castle is a secret gem of the area. Dating back to late medieval times, when it was a hunting lodge for James IV, it's now the oldest undeveloped walled garden in the city. The walled garden was lov...
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Brexit: UK Government stance leaves Scottish financial sector in limbo

No answer from PM on future of EU 'passporting' for financial servicesUK Government stance leaves Scottish financial sector in limboThe Prime Minister, Theresa May, refused to give Scotland's financial sector any reassurances over retaining crucial 'passporting' rights in the finance sector when the UK leaves the EU under questioning from Deidre Br...
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The Yard

The summer recess has given me welcome time to visit lots of places around the constituency - makes a change from being in London four days a week. One of these visits took me The Yard this week. What a smashing place - an outdoor and indoor adventure centre for disabled children and young people on Eyre Place Lane. I had a look round with th...
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Brock backs ‘Glow Gold September’ as Edinburgh lights up for childhood cancer awareness

Deidre Brock MP welcomed the Edinburgh skies lighting up in gold at the launch of the parent-led 'Glow Gold September' childhood cancer awareness campaign this evening (Thursday September 1).Deidre is attending the switch on of the 'Luminations of Love' light display in St Andrew's Square.The 'Glow Gold' campaign has seen almost 200 famous landmark...
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My views on Brexit

The EU referendum, its possible implications and what happens to Scotland in the middle of all of this has been the biggest part of communications I have received since the decision was taken.I campaigned for a Remain vote and I am desperately sorry that we lost. I'm gutted that the rights, privileges and benefits of EU citizenship are to be d...
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McDonald Road Fire Station - open day

This Saturday, 30th July there's an open day at McDonald Road Community Fire Station. There will be demos and displays, face painting and stalls. All welcome. From 11am.
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Plans to mark the history of golf on Leith Links

I had a lovely time recently handing out the trophies at the Leith Rules Golf Hickory Open and Handicap competition. It was great to chat with everyone and learn more about the events they run and their work to increase recognition of Leith's role in the history of golf. Leith Links was one of the earliest locations where golf was played, and golfe...
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Scotland Office spend on spin doctors quadrupled under Tories

SNP CALLS FOR TORIES TO PRACTICE WHAT THEY PREACH Spending on spin doctors at the Scotland Office has quadrupled since 2010 when the Tories took over, up from £108,439 in 2010 to £426,223 last year according to figures released by the UK Government today. SNP MP Deidre Brock, whose Parliamentary Question revealed the figures, said: "While George O...
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Brock backs WASPI campaign at Westminster

Deidre Brock MP met with women from across the UK including Edinburgh who attended a mass rally outside Westminster for the WASPI (women against state pension inequality) campaign.Ms Brock said:-"The UK Government cannot ignore the voices of these amazing women fighting simply to get the pension they are owed. It's inspiring to see such a huge turn...
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The centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

 Watch the speech here: http://goo.gl/B1xoch​Transcript (from the Official Report http://goo.gl/9gardq ​)The Somme: the first time this world had seen mechanised warfare and the industrial destruction of human life. "Lions led by donkeys" it was said of the British forces in the Crimean war, but that was never more true than at the Somme. We c...
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Opportunity lost to end tax secrecy for multinationals

Brock calls for international cooperation on tax transparencyGoogle, Starbucks, Amazon and co must all pay their fair share of taxes and be seen to pay according to Deidre Brock MP. The SNP MP, who sits on the influential Public Accounts Committee, called for an end to the secrecy around tax paid by multinational companies before the Brexit negotia...
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