Deidre Brock MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North & Leith

MY WORKING WEEK JUL 10-14

            July 10 – 14Social MobilityI'm the SNP's Fair Employment spokesperson so I took part in a debate on social mobility policy this week. Tory and Labour governments have both failed people badly here – that's the conclusion of work by the Social Mobility Commission who I think will not...
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Scottish food could lose EU protections

The protected status of Scottish speciality foods is under threat from Brexit, Deidre Brock MP has revealed.Geographical specialities from across the country, from Scottish salmon to the Stornoway Black Pudding or the Arbroath Smokie, will no longer be part of the EU Protected Food Name Scheme which has helped promote our food industry.In response...
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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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This week at Westminster

Here's a taste of my week in the Commons Monday 3 to Friday 7 July 2017Northern Ireland and DUP dealAs the SNP's Northern Ireland spokesperson, the political situation there was high on the agenda this week. It was disappointing that a deal was not reached to restore power sharing governance – these are issues with potentially serious consequences ...
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Celebrating Stockbridge

​There was an impressive turnout for the 'Celebrating Stockbridge' event last week at the Lifecare Centre - marking 100 years of history in this vibrant corner of the town.I spoke to Su Millar the Chief Exec of Lifecare who was blown away by the numbers - she was kept her very busy trying to supply the many with teas and coffees...
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Responses to ten key questions on Brexit

The Scottish Centre on European Relations asked 10 questions about Brexit – https://www.scer.scot/database/ident-1979 – so I've written a short response to each. (1) EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU– Do you support EU citizens in the UK having the same rights they have now (to residence, pensions, being joined by family members, bene...
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Nuclear weapons

Earlier this year it was leaked that a test-firing of a Trident nuclear missile off the coast of Florida had gone horribly wrong, with the missile veering off towards the US. The UK Government chose not to inform the House of this rather critical flaw in the test, which happened not long before a crucial Commons voted on renewal of Trident. When ev...
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Civil Liberties: I Will Dance to Tom Paine's Bones

This article first appeared in The Leither magazineI sometimes get a bit lost finding my way around Westminster – I may have been working there for a couple of years but it's still a really weird place and it's easy to lose your bearings. I got lost one Monday afternoon recently and needed some help. There was, fortunately, a helpful policeman near...
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Supporting our creatives

As some of you know, I've got a bit of a background in the creative sector, both in my earlier career as a professional actor then later – with my political hat on – as Convener of Culture and Sport at the City of Edinburgh Council, where I was responsible for delivering projects from the Assembly Rooms refurbishment to the Glenogle Baths restorati...
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Expectant mums - make sure you sign up for new baby box

Edinburgh North and Leith MP Deidre Brock is encouraging all expectant mums with a baby due on or after August 15 to make sure they register for the new Scottish Government baby box scheme. They can sign up to receive the baby box at their next midwife's appointment.The boxes are packed with around 40 useful items for a newborn ...
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Deidre announced as SNP front bench spokesperson on Fair Work and Employment

Edinburgh North and Leith's MP, Deidre Brock was announced as part of the SNP's new leadership team at Westminster. Deidre will be frontbench spokesperson on Devolved Government Relations and Northern Ireland and Fair Work and Employment. The team was named by Westminster Group Leader Ian Blackford MP ahead of the Queen's Speech tomorrow,...
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Fire safety in Edinburgh's tower blocks

Following the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower in London last week, many residents of multi-storey tower blocks in Edinburgh and Leith have been understandably concerned about the safety of their own homes. I attended a briefing session at the Council for an update on what has been done by the housing team and fire safety officers to re-assure resid...
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Forthcoming Surgeries

While chaos continues at Westminster, there's work to be done here so time to roll up the sleeves and get back to the regular programme of constituency surgeries.The first surgery is this Friday (June 16) at Stockbridge Library, 1-2pm. The rolling programme is below - check the calendar or call the office for more...
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DUP DEAL MUST BE TRANSPARENT

Commenting on the UK government's attempts to establish a "confidence and supply deal" with the DUP, SNP MP and Northern Ireland spokesperson Deidre Brock said: "It is an absolute shambles that the Tories claimed to have struck a formal deal with the DUP, only to now admit that no such deal was in place. Theresa May's government is in absolute cha...
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fox hunting

I was at a League Against Cruel Sports rally against fox hunting in Edinburgh recently. It's difficult to believe that instead of looking at where the law needs tightened up – as we will do in Scotland – Tories are keen to repeal the ban (only a bad election result seems to have dropped it from the agenda in the immediate future).Foxhunting is...
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UK GENERAL ELECTION CALLED – CHANCE FOR PUBLIC TO GIVE VERDICT ON TORY GOVERNMENT

Responding to the Prime Minister's decision to call an early General Election, Deidre Brock MP said:"The election gives the public the chance to give their verdict on the UK Tory Government. Voters across Scotland will be able to make it clear what they think of the callous treatment Theresa May and her Government have handed out to people who are ...
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March e-newsletter

​A round-up of recent work at Westminster and in the constituency. Sign up here if you'd like to receive my newsletters in your in-box.Read archived March issue online here.
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Cuts will help disabled people into work - aye, right

This article first appeared in the Edinburgh Evening News on March 28, 2017. http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/opinion/deidre-brock-cuts-will-help-disabled-into-work-aye-right-1-4404620April is coming, spring is here and summer is on its way. All seems right with the world and happiness is all around. Unless you're one of those people – yo...
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Speech: Edinburgh Gurdwara

I spoke at the 40th anniversary of Gurdwara on Sunday (March 26). Speaking in the aftermath of the attack at Westminster it was a time to re-inforce the message of 'kinship of all' and celebrate the Sikh community's four decades of contribution to Edinburgh and Leith. You and I and all of our neighbours, whether they live next door or...
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No way to run a country, Theresa

Article published in the Edinburgh Evening News, March 15, 2017Here we are, then, nine months after the Brexit referendum, eight months since Theresa May became Prime Minister, five months since she promised Scotland a hotline on Brexit negotiations, three months since the Scottish Government published a full position paper on Brexit, still having ...
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