Deidre Brock MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North & Leith

International Development Question: Human Rights in Malawi

I was alarmed to hear reports that 2 men, Cuthbert Kulemela and Kelvin Gonani, had recently been arrested in Malawi for consensual sex. During parliamentary questions in chamber yesterday I questioned International Development Minister Justine Greening on the UK Government's response to this human rights issue- you can watch the exchange here:...
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Fracking

The constituency of Edinburgh North and Leith is thankfully not currently under threat of fracking but I have concerns about fracking and the potential damage it can cause. The SNP Scottish Government has put a block on fracking to allow for further research and public consultation. SNP ministers have also been meeting environmental NGOs, community...
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Local Tax Reform: Brock welcomes move to fairer system

Commenting on the publication of the report by the cross-party Commission on Local Tax Reform, Edinburgh North and Leith MP Deidre Brock said:-"This detailed piece of work marks the beginning of the end for the discredited council tax. The report seriously considers all alternative options for local taxes - whether based on property, land or incom...
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Cats Protection

I was happy to lend support to Cats Protection at their Westminster drop-in event yesterday. Cats protection do great work rehoming pets and preventing more moggies from becoming abandoned, especially at this time of year. From the photo it seems they even saved the Goodies' Kitten Kong! (See video clip here for those that aren't...
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Launch of "Christmas in Leith"

Despite the rain pelting down the kids from Lorne Primary were in great voice yesterday at the launch of Leith Festival's "Christmas in Leith", and certainly got us in the festive spirit. They sang a selection of Christmas son...
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My view on Syrian Airstrikes

On December 3rd, the UK Government won the vote to send RAF planes to bomb Syria. I opposed that, voted against it, and would have preferred that it had not happened. I do not believe that the abhorrent attacks by ISIS will be resolved by more bombing in Syria, a country which is already suffering one of the worst humanitarian crises of recent tim...
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Rethink #HIV this World Aids Day

December the 1st is World Aids Day. It's shocking that an estimated 34 million people live with HIV around the world, and more than 35 million have lost their lives to AIDS. This is a time to stand in solidarity with all those affected, but also to reflect on how far we've come.In Scotland, as with most of the wealthier natio...
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New cycle route - views sought

The council are seeking views on their plans for a new cycle route from the Roseburn Path to Leith Walk via George Street. The route will be mostly segregated from traffic and links the off road network with planned cycle facilities on Leith Walk. Have a look at the proposals and send your comments before January 5, 2016 to cyclingprojects.consulta...
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Trident debate

I was pleased to have the opportunity to speak against the expensive and unjustifiable folly of renewing Trident during the opposition day debate led by the SNP yesterday. I focussed on criticisms from within the military of these unjustifiable plans to waste billions on weapons of mass destruction.It was dis...
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Behind the scenes at the Botanic Gardens

On Wednesday (Nov 11) I visited the Royal Botanical Gardens next to Inverleith Park. It was a fascinating and really enjoyable visit, despite storm Abigail's best efforts to bring down the greenhouse...
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British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly

On Monday (November 16), Deidre is on parliamentary business for the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly which is having its 51st plenary at Cheltenham. This is the first of the twice-yearly plenaries to be attended by Deidre since she was appointed as the SNP representative from the Westminster team.The British Irish Assembly ...
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Tax office closures

News that 137 HMRC offices are set to be closed will come as a desperate blow to civil servants working for the tax authority. Even those who are able to transfer to one of the 13 new 'regional centres' will be worried about their future. With services already feeling the strain, those that keep their jobs will find the increased workload a heavy b...
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Commemorative carriage honours victims of Quintinshill

Edinburgh North and Leith MP Deidre Brock has welcomed the dedication of a newly restored Victorian railway carriage to the victims of the Quintinshill Rail Disaster of 1915. At an Armistice Day Ceremony in Nottingham today (11/11/15) a commemorative plaque was unveiled on a replica carriage, restored by the GCR Trust Rolling Stock.Ms Brock tabled ...
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BROCK CALLS FOR APOLOGY FROM COOPER FOR 'CONDESCENDING' ABORTION COMMENT

Deidre Brock MP has called for an apology from Yvette Cooper for suggesting that Scotland is less well equipped to deal with decisions on sensitive healthcare issues like abortion than Westminster.In a letter to Ms Cooper, Ms Brock challenged her to provide evidence that 'smaller jurisdictions' were more likely to have the interests of women underm...
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Leith based charity wins award

It was fantastic to see Leith based charity Euan's Guide win an award for their groundbreaking website, just ahead of their 2nd birthday! Euan's Guide's reviewers provide trustworthy information on the accessibility of venues all around the globe. The charity picked up the social enterprise and charity award at the recent Herald...
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Scotland Bill debated at Westminster

The Scotland Bill went through its final stages in the House of Commons in a rushed debate on Monday afternoon. The SNP MPs put down a number of amendments designed to bring the Bill closer to what was propose by the Smith Commission.Sensible proposals on devolving powers on tax credits, industrial relations and workers' rights were all reject...
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UK Government must act to unlock off-patent drugs

Deidre Brock MP has called for the UK Government to help make cost effective, lifesaving drugs more readily available on the NHS.The Edinburgh North and Leith MP is backing the Off-patent Drugs Bill which would make it easier for older drugs to be licensed and used for a secondary purpose. Ms Brock said:-"Drugs licensing is a reserved issue, but th...
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CALL FOR ACTION TO UNLOCK OFF-PATENT DRUGS

Deidre Brock MP has called for the UK Government to help make cost effective, lifesaving drugs more readily available on the NHS.The Edinburgh North and Leith MP is backing the Off-patent Drugs Bill which would make it easier for older drugs to be licensed and used for a secondary purpose. Ms Brock said:-"Drugs licensing is a reserved issue, but th...
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Wave energy pioneers facing financial challenges

Commenting on the news that the Edinburgh based wave energy developers Aquamarine Power have gone into administration, Edinburgh North and Leith MP Deidre Brock said:-"I'm saddened by the news that these pioneers of wave energy are facing financial challenges, although relieved that no job losses are being announced. As the constituency MP I will b...
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Speech:English votes for English Laws

English Votes for English Laws would seem on the face of things to be a fair and equitable riposte to the devolution of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; a righteous answer to the questions raised by English MPs. That, though, forgets what drove the devolution agenda in the first place and ignores the arithmetic of this place entirely. Of 650 M...
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