Deidre Brock MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North & Leith

Protecting Scotland's food and farming

Anybody reading what the UK's Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has been writing or listening to what he's been saying might think that he has great plans for the environment. He's talking a good game, praising NFU members for their work to prevent environmental degradation and the work they do against climate change.No-one...
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Marking the end of the First World War

In 2014 there was a series of commemorations for the centenary of the start of the First World War. We remembered the sacrifice made by so many; those who would never return home, those who came home broken and those who mourned the loss.The horrors of the first industrialised war were replayed; we can't ever know what it was really like to be ther...
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Escalating situation in Syria

April 11, 2018The use of chemical weapons is abhorrent and violates international law. The UK Government must work with international partners to clamp down on the development and use of chemical weapons but parliament must have a say in any change of the roles of UK forces in Syria.I believe further military intervention would not provid...
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My Working Week: March 5th - 10th

MONDAY March 5On Monday I responded for the SNP to Sajid Javid's statement on the overhaul of the National Policy Planning framework in England (although the announcements, such as they were, had been largely pre-empted by May earlier that day)I offered him some suggestions for additional action based on the SNP government strategies and results bu...
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Changing things by changing the way we look

The Welfare State is one of the best ideas of the 20th century, giving people the chance to start again when their lives are damaged. Some people have had to depend on it for extended periods of time and some have had the safety net catch them so they could climb back up again.It's been under attack for decades now, a toxic narrative of "scroungers...
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