Deidre Brock MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North & Leith

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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Deidre shows support for people living with incurable secondary breast cancer

Deidre met with the charity Breast Cancer Care in Parliament yesterday, (Tuesday 13 October 2015), to pledge support for people living with incurable secondary breast cancer.Currently no accurate figures exist around the number of people diagnosed or living with incurable secondary breast cancer. The charity believes better recording of the nu...
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Youth Homelessness Fundraiser

This morning (Sept 11) I was at the launch of the Rock Trust's annual 'End Youth Homelessness' Sleep Out Challenge. The Rock Trust supports 16-25 year olds as they build the skills and resources to avoid or move on from homelessness.Local supporters are invited to spend a night sleeping out in Festival Square to raise funds for t...
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Visit to Leonard Cheshire Care Home & Respite Centre

It was a pleasure to meet the residents and staff at Leonard Cheshire's Newhaven care home & the respite service in Granton today. Both places offer a really homely and friendly environment with specialist care and support for adults with physical disabilities. This was a great opportunity to learn more about the work done by this fantasti...
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Opposing the Trade Union Bill

It was a busy week in Westminster. On Monday, the SNP led the opposition against the UK Government's regressive trade union reform bill. The bill aims to introduce unacceptable changes to workers' rights; it would rig the rules by introducing higher voting thresholds in strike ballots, end the ban on agency workers during strikes, and introduce re...
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Northern Ireland Statement

On Tuesday I spoke on behalf of the SNP group in response to the Secretary for State for Northern Ireland Ms Theresa Villier's statement about recent developments in Stormont. This is a difficult situation and I hope all parties can come together in a spirit of compromise and co-operation. The full text of my response can be found here: ...
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Tax Credit Cuts

On Tuesday the UK Government introduced tax credit changes that will mean drastic cuts to the income of 3 million families in low-paid work across the UK, almost 200,000 in Scotland. These changes were first announced in the Chancellor's Budget in July. The SNP group voted against these damaging cuts which hurt the working poor and increase i...
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My response to the refugee crisis

The scenes of displaced people who have risked their lives to seek refuge in Europe are truly heartbreaking. We have a moral obligation to offer refuge to people fleeing conflict and persecution. We can and must do more; the UK Government's slow and limited response is simply not good enough. There is a real need to develop a more co-oper...
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