Deidre Brock MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North & Leith

the constitutional machinery

if only there was a government with class and confidence in Whitehall rather than a collection of disparate and desperate individuals who act with all the finesse of a tap-dancing wildebeest Deidre Brock MP In the same week that the views of Scotland's people and politicians on the EU Withdrawal Bill were ignored and the devolution settle...
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Full speech from Northern Ireland Abortion Debate June 5, 2018

"I stand with my sisters in Northern Ireland, and I absolutely endorse their right to choose, but I do not claim to know their situation better than they do. I endorse their right to help shape the legislation they live under, but it is not for me or for anyone here to tell them how to do that." Deidre Brock MP Watch or read my speech from the ...
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Some facts about today's debate on abortion in Northern Ireland

There was a debate in the House of Commons today about abortion in Northern Ireland. In the middle of some people hoping to secure rights to abortion for women in Northern Ireland and some people playing politics with the issue a lot of truth was lost so I thought it worthwhile writing up a few points. Firstly, today wasn't a debate that could repe...
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Windrush debate is less than it should be

Windrush is not some isolated case, and it is not an aberration or a deviation from the norm. It fits right into the institutional racism of this place.

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CALL TO PROTECT GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT FROM RECKLESS HARD BREXIT

The SNP have said peace and prosperity in Northern Ireland must be protected on the anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. Marking twenty years since the Agreement, SNP Northern Ireland spokesperson Deidre Brock criticised "inflammatory" comments by Tory Brexit Minister David Davis against the Irish government, and warned that the Agreement coul...
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Woman and Work Debate

Dignity at work for women everywhere should be one of our core demands in politics. This is not about women getting a special deal; it is about dignity and respect. Deidre Brock MP During a debate on 'Women and Work', Deidre points out a few areas where the UK Government are missing opportunities to break down barriers for women. Full transcript of...
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My Working Week: March 5th - 10th

MONDAY March 5 On 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 ...
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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 "scrounger...
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Scottish Affairs Committee explore post-Brexit immigration policy

The Scottish Affairs Committee met this week in Kirkcaldy to explore how post-Brexit immigration policy should address the needs of current migrants, the agricultural sector and rural and remote communities in Scotland.  The Committee was addressed by members of the Fife Migrants Forum about their experiences of coming to live and work in Scot...
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Leaving the EU: a disaster in slow motion

Today (Wed 31 Jan) we debated the UK Government's analysis papers on leaving the EU. I believe the papers must be made public, although I have my doubts they'll tell us much we don't already know .... here's my speech... Everybody with any sense of how the world works, or indeed, even the tiniest ability to listen to experts, knows that leaving the...
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TORIES 'IN DENIAL' ABOUT EFFECT THEIR POLICIES ARE HAVING ON THE VULNERABLE

'UTTERLY SHOCKING' RESPONSE FROM UK GOVERNMENT ON PIP PAYMENT U-TURN SNP MP Deidre Brock has said that Tory ministers denying that their welfare policies are causing harm to people is 'utterly shocking' and that the UK government is 'in denial' about the effect of their callous policies. Deidre Brock's comments follow a question today on the UK gov...
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SNP TAKE SHOCK COLLAR CAMPAIGN TO TORIES AT WESTMINSTER

SNP politicians are calling on the Tory government at Westminster to use its reserved powers to ban the sale of electronic shock collars across the UK. Leading animal welfare groups united this week to praise the SNP Scottish Government's decision to use its devolved powers to introduce a "prompt and effective" ban on the use of shock collars and o...
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Working Week 15-21 January

EU Withdrawal Bill - Labour and Tories let us down Two days of debates on the EU Withdrawal bill culminated in the UK Government pushing it through almost unscathed - in the end nearly all the Tory MPs, including those from Scotland, meekly followed their party into the voting lobbies to vote through this bill. The honourable exception was Ken Clar...
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Mundell is caught knitting on the job

This article first appeared in Edinburgh Evening News Monday 15 January 2018 In the days of the French revolution a tricoteuse was a woman who sat and knitted while attending public executions. The advance of gender equality means we now have a male version of the tricoteuse in the shape of the Scottish Secretary David Mundell MP. The unfortun...
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Working Week: 8-12 Jan 2018

Appointment of Esther McVey as Work & Pensions Secretary 'a disgrace' The Prime Minister's chaotic reshuffle did nothing for her credibility but certainly reinforced the 'nasty party' image of the Tories. Appointing Esther McVey as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions was a particularly dreadful move. McVey has an appalling t...
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Scotland Office questioning continues

One department that I've been asking a lot of questions of recently is the Scotland Office. It's important to scrutinise what they're up to as every penny that the Scotland Office spends is money that doesn't get spent on services in Scotland. There's been some questionable rises in spend for a department that has hardly any governing responsibilit...
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TORIES “PARTYING ON THE PUBLIC PURSE” AS SCOTLAND OFFICE HOSPITALITY SPEND SKYROCKETS

Questions have been raised over whether Scottish Tory ministers are "partying on the public purse" after new figures revealed that Scotland Office hospitality spending has skyrocketed. Responding to a parliamentary question from SNP MP Deidre Brock , Scottish Secretary David Mundell was forced to admit that Scotland Office spending on hospitality h...
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Brock calls for Brexit DUP donors to be named

Deidre Brock MP has called for all donors to parties in Northern Ireland during the EU referendum to be open to public scrutiny. Deidre is the SNP's spokesperson on Northern Ireland and also sits on the committee tasked with scrutinising the secondary legislation being introduced today. Deidre said:- "Transparency over donations to political partie...
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My Working Week

The Brexit Bourach continues! The Tory Brexiteers were huffing and puffing and looking pretty glum as they suffered a bit of a blow this week! They didn't want parliament to have a legal right to scrutinise and vote on the final Brexit deal, but they lost the vote on 'Amendment 7' - which was backed by the SNP - by 309 to 305. It was a ri...
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Deidre takes on the PM on EU citizens' rights

           At Prime Ministers Questions, SNP MP Deidre Brock called for Theresa May to take back control of her government and give immediate clarity to EU citizens that they can remain with their families after Brexit. Deidre challenged the PM to meet the promise she made in an open lette...
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