Deidre Brock MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North & Leith

The centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

 Watch the speech here: http://goo.gl/B1xoch​Transcript (from the Official Report http://goo.gl/9gardq ​)The Somme: the first time this world had seen mechanised warfare and the industrial destruction of human life. "Lions led by donkeys" it was said of the British forces in the Crimean war, but that was never more true than at the Somme. We c...
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Opportunity lost to end tax secrecy for multinationals

Brock calls for international cooperation on tax transparencyGoogle, Starbucks, Amazon and co must all pay their fair share of taxes and be seen to pay according to Deidre Brock MP. The SNP MP, who sits on the influential Public Accounts Committee, called for an end to the secrecy around tax paid by multinational companies before the Brexit negotia...
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EU referendum result: Brock calls for answers for EU citizens

Deidre Brock MP has reacted to the EU referendum result, and called for the rights of all existing residents from other EU countries to be protected.Ms Brock said:-"I'm absolutely gutted by this result which has wide-reaching implications for the rights and liberties of all our citizens. I take some comfort from the fact that Edinburgh showed such ...
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Granton Community Orchard Garden & Starbank Park Gala

This weekend was a busy one for Granton's community gardens. Firstly, there was a successful open day at the Granton Community Orchard Garden, featuring a welcome appearance of sunshine, barbie grub, great live music from No Strings Attached, and even live egg-laying chickens (eat your heart out, Glastonbury).The event formed part of the Power of F...
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Brock calls for safeguards for EU-born citizens living in the UK

Deidre Brock MP slammed the UK Government for a lack of forward thinking on the rights of EU citizens living here if there's a vote to leave the EU next week.This morning (Wed June 15) she asked the Minister for Government Policy, Oliver Letwin, how the UK Government would protect the existing rights of people from other EU countries and all he cou...
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Brock backs move for greater tax transparency from multinationals

Deidre Brock MP has backed a budget amendment to make multinational companies publish country-by-country information on their businesses - including profits made and taxes paid in each country where they operate.Ms Brock, a member of the Public Accounts Committee, co-signed the amendment to the Finance Bill put forward by Labour's Caroline Flint, b...
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Leith's New Artistic Hub

DOK LaunchThe Steel Shed on Leith's Ocean Drive - previously used as a secure wartime building, a first aid centre and a paint/chemical store - is about to be regenerated again; its latest incarnation is a vibrant new artistic centre, the 'DOK artist space', which has its official launch on Thursday June 2nd. The centre will include affordable art ...
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Friday Constituency Round Up

It was a relief to get back out and about in Edinburgh North and Leith today. What an antidote to all that pomp and ceremony down at Westminster (we had the Queen visiting, don't...
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The Queen's speech: my response in full

​ This has been a very interesting debate. It has been quite lengthy, but some interesting points have been made. It has almost been cuddly at times and quite consensual, but I am afraid to say that I will not be so consensual in my speech. It is the duty of those of us on the SNP Benches to make points where we see them that need to be...
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Brock responds to Queen's Speech: time for Tories to change the record

Deidre Brock MP (Edinburgh North and Leith) has called on the Tories to stop their ideologically driven assaults on welfare and public services and start getting their own house in order – including more efforts to tackle tax avoidance.Speaking in response to the Queen's speech, Ms Brock, who sits on the Public Accounts Committee at Westminster, po...
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The African Business Market

It was a pleasure and an honour to be invited to speak at Sunday's African Business Market (ABM). The market was as much a buzzing social event as it was a showcase for the talented en...
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Community grants available for First World War centenary projects

Today I co-hosted (with Alison Thewliss MP) a parliamentary event at Westminster for the Heritage Lottery Fund. Amongst the many projects they fund, there is a pot of money available from HLF to help uncover stories of the First World War and explore what it means to us today.Community grants of between £3000 and £10,000 can be ap...
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International Women's Day 2016

My speech for International Women's Day Debate 2016. You can watch my contribution - and the rest of the debate - here: http://goo.gl/C4IHcrINTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2016We are just less than one month short of the one hundred and fifth anniversary of Emily Wilding Davison's night in the undercroft here.In and of itself that action w...
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My views on TTIP

I oppose the inclusion of public services in this trade deal and don't think that corporations should have the right to sue governments through the investor-state dispute settlement mechanisms (ISDS). I have serious reservations about this deal, as do other SNP MPs, and I will continue to press for the changes that the Scottish Government has calle...
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1p Reduction in Beer Tax

I believe that well run pubs and the brewing industry have an important role for the national economy and that good local pub, where alcohol is enjoyed responsibly, is an asset to a community. For these reasons, I and my colleagues in the SNP group will do what we can at Westminster to support community pubs and breweries, and support a reduction ...
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Refugee Children

I've been contacted by constituents who are concerned about lone child refugees making their way across Europe.  During the Second World War the UK offered refuge and asylum to those facing persecution in Europe.  I agree that it's our duty to act again to protect the vulnerable civilians who are being displaced by war and terror – w...
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Changes to ESA

I have consistently opposed the UK Government's proposals to cut £30 a week from the support given to sick and disabled people in the ESA work-related activity group. The SNP has challenged this cut at every stage of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill by bringing forward amendments to remove the proposal. We will continue to do so when the Bill retur...
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My views on snaring

I've been contacted recently by constituents asking me about my views on snaring.  The welfare of wildlife – which includes snaring – is devolved to the Scottish Parliament.I confess that I'm not an expert on countryside management and my instincts are against the use of snares altogether, but I appreciate there may be a need for them in ...
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BROCK CALLS FOR A FAIR DEAL FOR ALL TAX PAYERS – RENEWS CALLS FOR EU INVESTIGATION INTO GOOGLE TAX DEAL

Deidre Brock MP has called for the same tax rules to apply to all businesses following the HMRC's £130million settlement of back tax for Google.As the SNP Member of the Public Accounts Committee, Ms Brock took evidence from the Chief Executive of HMRC Dame Lin Homer and President of Google Europe Matt Brittin over the recent tax settlement, which f...
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Rail fare increases

I believe that rail fare raises are most unwelcome, especially during these times of UK Government austerity and pay freezes. In order to set fair fares it's important that the most appropriate operator is given the franchise, EU law allows public sector organisations to bid to operate rail services but the UK Government forbids this.  I ...
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