Deidre Brock MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North & Leith

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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Speech: Public Finances Debate 3 Feb 2016

Below is my contribution to the debate on Scotland's Public Finances (Wed Feb 3rd). ​​For background on why the 'fiscal framework' being negotiated by the Scottish and UK Governments is  so important, see here.You can also watch my speech on the UK parliament website here or read the full debate here.PUBLIC FINANCES: SCOTLA...
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Deidre calls for women over 50 to go for breast cancer screening

Deidre Brock MP has marked World Cancer Day (Thurs Feb 4) by calling on all eligible women to participate in the Scottish Breast Cancer Screening Programme and go for a routine mammogram. All women in Scotland aged 50-70 are invited for a check every 3 years, while women over 70 are encouraged to self-refer to their local centre.Deidre spoke of he...
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Response from police on 'Roosh V' meet

This morning we received a letter from Edinburgh Chief Superintendent Kenny MacDonald, in response to the safety concerns I raised about the planned gathering of followers of Daryush Valizadeh - known as 'Roosh V' - in Edinburgh this weekend.To be clear, no-one knows how many men in Edinburgh are likely to turn up for Mr Valizadeh's attempt at a ga...
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Freedom of Information laws

The Freedom of Information Act (FOI) gives members of the public a right to request information from a public authority, such as a local council, the NHS, police, schools or a government department. I believe strong freedom of information laws are vital for holding public bodies to account, promoting a culture of openness and accountability.The UK ...
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Food waste

I believe that while families are struggling with food poverty and reliant on foodbanks it's illogical that perfectly good food is thrown away – especially before it makes it to the shops. I believe edible food shouldn't be thrown away and I signed EDM 66A1 supporting the redistribution of edible food which you can see here: http://www.parliament.u...
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