Deidre Brock MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North & Leith

NHS Pay Debate

My speech in full from the debate on NHS pay (Sept 13 2017) calling for decent pay for all public sector workers - poverty is a political choice, not a necessity. The first order of business should be congratulating the Scottish Government on removing the cap on public sector pay rises. We should note, too, that, as my hon. Friend Dr Whitford said,...
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Social mobility policies badly failing young people

The Government's Social Mobility Commission's recent work was so damning that I suspect that the Commission will not be long for this worldTwo decades in which there has been no progressTwenty years where the only movement seems to be backwards.I should say that from my brief look at the research papers that it appears that Scotland isn't included ...
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Meeting the volunteers at the foodbank

Last week I chatted with some of the volunteers working for the Edinburgh North East foodbank at their base in South Leith Parish Church. It's absolutely shocking that foodbanks have become so necessary in these days of benefit delays, cuts and sanctions, but it's a fact that they provide lifeline support to people facing foo...
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