Deidre Brock MP

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

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 landma...
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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 ...
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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 Os...
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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 tu...
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The centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

Centenary of the Battle of the Somme Debate, Wed June 29, 2016  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...
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Opportunity lost to end tax secrecy for multinationals

Brock calls for international cooperation on tax transparency Google, 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 negoti...
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EU referendum result: Brock calls for answers for EU citizens

Deidre Brock MP has reacted to the EU referendum result, and called for the rights of all existing residents from other EU countries to be protected. Ms Brock said:- "I'm absolutely gutted by this result which has wide-reaching implications for the rights and liberties of all our citizens. I take some comfort from the fact that Edinburgh showed suc...
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Granton Community Orchard Garden & Starbank Park Gala

This weekend was a busy one for Granton's community gardens. Firstly, there was a successful open day at the Granton Community Orchard Garden , featuring a welcome appearance of sunshine, barbie grub, great live music from No Strings Attached, and even live egg-laying chickens (eat your heart out, Glastonbury). The event formed part of the Power of...
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Brock calls for safeguards for EU-born citizens living in the UK

Deidre Brock MP slammed the UK Government for a lack of forward thinking on the rights of EU citizens living here if there's a vote to leave the EU next week. This morning (Wed June 15) she asked the Minister for Government Policy, Oliver Letwin, how the UK Government would protect the existing rights of people from other EU countries and all he co...
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Brock backs move for greater tax transparency from multinationals

Deidre Brock MP has backed a budget amendment to make multinational companies publish country-by-country information on their businesses - including profits made and taxes paid in each country where they operate. Ms Brock, a member of the Public Accounts Committee, co-signed the amendment to the Finance Bill put forward by Labour's Caroline Flint, ...
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Leith's New Artistic Hub

DOK Launch The Steel Shed on Leith's Ocean Drive - previously used as a secure wartime building, a first aid centre and a paint/chemical store - is about to be regenerated again; its latest incarnation is a vibrant new artistic centre, the 'DOK artist space' , which has its official launch on Thursday June 2nd. The centre will include affordable ar...
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Friday Constituency Round Up

It was a relief to get back out and about in Edinburgh North and Leith today. What an antidote to all that pomp and ceremony down at Westminster (we had the Queen visiting, don't you know - my response to the UK Gov's substance-free programme is here (I wasn't very polite about it): http://dbrockmp.scot/my-blogs/queensspeechresponse ) So Friday sta...
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The Queen's speech: my response in full

​ Parliamentlive.tv - House of Commons Here's a video link to my speech on Wed 18/5/16 in response to the Queen's Speech, transcript (from Hansard) below. http://goo.gl/uEJm3O This has been a very interesting debate. It has been quite lengthy, but some interesting points have been made. It has almost been cuddly at times and quite consensual, but I...
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The African Business Market

It was a pleasure and an honour to be invited to speak at Sunday's African Business Market (ABM). The market was as much a buzzing social event as it was a showcase for the talented entrepreneurs from our African community in Edinburgh. There was some fantastic entertainment, including performances from the likes of rapper Skky-Boi, the Zawadi Choi...
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Community grants available for First World War centenary projects

Today I co-hosted (with Alison Thewliss MP) a parliamentary event at Westminster for the Heritage Lottery Fund. Amongst the many projects they fund, there is a pot of money available from HLF to help uncover stories of the First World War and explore what it means to us today. Community grants of between £3000 and £10,000 can be applied for, a...
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International Women's Day 2016

My speech for International Women's Day Debate 2016. You can watch my contribution - and the rest of the debate - here: http://goo.gl/C4IHcr INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2016 We are just less than one month short of the one hundred and fifth anniversary of Emily Wilding Davison's night in the undercroft here. In and of itself that actio...
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My views on TTIP

I oppose the inclusion of public services in this trade deal and don't think that corporations should have the right to sue governments through the investor-state dispute settlement mechanisms (ISDS). I have serious reservations about this deal, as do other SNP MPs, and I will continue to press for the changes that the Scottish Government has calle...
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1p Reduction in Beer Tax

I believe that well run pubs and the brewing industry have an important role for the national economy and that good local pub, where alcohol is enjoyed responsibly, is an asset to a community. For these reasons, I and my colleagues in the SNP group will do what we can at Westminster to support community pubs and breweries, and support a reduction i...
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