Deidre Brock MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North & Leith

Speech: Scotland needs its own immigration policy

I spoke in a debate this afternoon (Thursday March 9) about the Scottish Affairs Committee's report into the demography of Scotland and its implications for devolution. I discussed the differing population needs we have and pressed the case for the UK Government to work with the Scottish Government to find  tailored immigration solut...
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WASPI rally - the fight goes on for pension justice

I had a good meeting with WASPI women in London yesterday. (that's Women Against State Pension Inequality' for anyone who still doesn't know!) They are campaigning hard for justice for thousands of women born in the 1950s who had their retirement plans shattered by abrupt changes to the state pension age. There was a massive turnout of women f...
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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 Minist...
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Audacious Women Festival

Absolutely delighted to be playing a small role in the Audacious Women Festival . On Saturday Feb 25 I'm hosting a talk about how art as well as politics moves things forward for women .... I'll chat about some of the fantastic women that have inspired me from history and bring us up to modern times with help from three inspiring women of the ...
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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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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 . December 2016 Newsletter
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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 on...
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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 eve...
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Surgery for Polish residents

Deidre is holding an extra 'pop-up' surgery for Polish constituents this Friday 18 November 2016 The meeting will be held at her constituency office at 166 Great Junction Street when a Polish translator will be available. If that suits you then get along to the office between 6-7pm. Deidre said: "It's great to have so many Polish residents adding t...
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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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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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Supermarket Surgery - come meet your MP

I'm having a 'pop-up' surgery on the morning of Friday October 28, between 10 and 11 at Sainsbury's Café, in Craigleith Retail Park. All constituents are welcome to come along, say hello and raise any concerns with me. No need for an appointment, just drop by.
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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 Speech during the de...
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Speech: opposing Tory proposals for a new Royal Yacht

Parliamentlive.tv - Westminster Hall Click link to watch my speech opposing the daft proposals to bring back Britannia. Full transcript below. https://goo.gl/spMiFX 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 c...
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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 fro...
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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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Brexit: UK Government stance leaves Scottish financial sector in limbo

No answer from PM on future of EU 'passporting' for financial services UK Government stance leaves Scottish financial sector in limbo The 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 ...
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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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