Deidre Brock MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith

Brexit Update

Brexit is a slow motion horror story with Ministers who are supposed to be in charge of the process clearly out of touch with what is going on in their own government and at a loss to know how to address the issues in the negotiations. Deidre Brock MP I've received a lot of emails on Brexit and the EU Withdrawal Bill recently - this i...
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the constitutional machinery

if only there was a government with class and confidence in Whitehall rather than a collection of disparate and desperate individuals who act with all the finesse of a tap-dancing wildebeest Deidre Brock MP In the same week that the views of Scotland's people and politicians on the EU Withdrawal Bill were ignored and the devoluti...
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Full speech from Northern Ireland Abortion Debate June 5, 2018

"I stand with my sisters in Northern Ireland, and I absolutely endorse their right to choose, but I do not claim to know their situation better than they do. I endorse their right to help shape the legislation they live under, but it is not for me or for anyone here to tell them how to do that." Deidre Brock MP Watch or read my speech from...
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Some facts about today's debate on abortion in Northern Ireland

There was a debate in the House of Commons today about abortion in Northern Ireland. In the middle of some people hoping to secure rights to abortion for women in Northern Ireland and some people playing politics with the issue a lot of truth was lost so I thought it worthwhile writing up a few points.Firstly, today wasn't a debate that could repea...
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Social Bite leading the homeless agenda

Social Bite – the sandwich and coffee chain that has a social conscience underpinning its business model – has always been a bit special. Allowing the pay-it-forward opportunity to its customers so they can pay for food that will go to someone who is homeless is an excellent idea.Facilitating the generosity of ordinary people and helping those folk...
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Protecting Scotland's food and farming

Anybody reading what the UK's Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has been writing or listening to what he's been saying might think that he has great plans for the environment. He's talking a good game, praising NFU members for their work to prevent environmental degradation and the work they do against climate change.No-one...
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Windrush debate is less than it should be

Windrush is not some isolated case, and it is not an aberration or a deviation from the norm. It fits right into the institutional racism of this place.

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Marking the end of the First World War

In 2014 there was a series of commemorations for the centenary of the start of the First World War. We remembered the sacrifice made by so many; those who would never return home, those who came home broken and those who mourned the loss.The horrors of the first industrialised war were replayed; we can't ever know what it was really like to be ther...
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Escalating situation in Syria

April 11, 2018The use of chemical weapons is abhorrent and violates international law. The UK Government must work with international partners to clamp down on the development and use of chemical weapons but parliament must have a say in any change of the roles of UK forces in Syria.I believe further military intervention would not provid...
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My Working Week: March 5th - 10th

MONDAY March 5On Monday I responded for the SNP to Sajid Javid's statement on the overhaul of the National Policy Planning framework in England (although the announcements, such as they were, had been largely pre-empted by May earlier that day)I offered him some suggestions for additional action based on the SNP government strategies and results bu...
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Changing things by changing the way we look

The Welfare State is one of the best ideas of the 20th century, giving people the chance to start again when their lives are damaged. Some people have had to depend on it for extended periods of time and some have had the safety net catch them so they could climb back up again.It's been under attack for decades now, a toxic narrative of "scroungers...
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Scottish Affairs Committee explore post-Brexit immigration policy

The Scottish Affairs Committee met this week in Kirkcaldy to explore how post-Brexit immigration policy should address the needs of current migrants, the agricultural sector and rural and remote communities in Scotland. The Committee was addressed by members of the Fife Migrants Forum about their experiences of coming to live and work in Scotl...
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Leaving the EU: a disaster in slow motion

Today (Wed 31 Jan) we debated the UK Government's analysis papers on leaving the EU. I believe the papers must be made public, although I have my doubts they'll tell us much we don't already know .... here's my speech...Everybody with any sense of how the world works, or indeed, even the tiniest ability to listen to experts, knows that leaving the ...
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SNP TAKE SHOCK COLLAR CAMPAIGN TO TORIES AT WESTMINSTER

SNP politicians are calling on the Tory government at Westminster to use its reserved powers to ban the sale of electronic shock collars across the UK.Leading animal welfare groups united this week to praise the SNP Scottish Government's decision to use its devolved powers to introduce a "prompt and effective" ban on the use of shock collars and ot...
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Working Week 15-21 January

EU Withdrawal Bill - Labour and Tories let us downTwo days of debates on the EU Withdrawal bill culminated in the UK Government pushing it through almost unscathed - in the end nearly all the Tory MPs, including those from Scotland, meekly followed their party into the voting lobbies to vote through this bill. The honourable exception was Ken Clark...
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Brexit: The EU Withdrawal Bill

I have been getting so many emails about Brexit recently, as well as the various provisions within the EU Withdrawal Bill, that I've compiled a general response to clarify my position, and that of the SNP. For more details of my views on any particular clause or amendment of the EU Withdrawal Bill, you can follow my voting record here: https://hans...
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Mundell is caught knitting on the job

This article first appeared in Edinburgh Evening News Monday 15 January 2018 In the days of the French revolution a tricoteuse was a woman who sat and knitted while attending public executions. The advance of gender equality means we now have a male version of the tricoteuse in the shape of the Scottish Secretary David Mundell MP.The unfortuna...
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Working Week: 8-12 Jan 2018

Appointment of Esther McVey as Work & Pensions Secretary 'a disgrace' The Prime Minister's chaotic reshuffle did nothing for her credibility but certainly reinforced the 'nasty party' image of the Tories. Appointing Esther McVey as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions was a particularly dreadful move. McVey ha...
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Scotland Office questioning continues

One department that I've been asking a lot of questions of recently is the Scotland Office. It's important to scrutinise what they're up to as every penny that the Scotland Office spends is money that doesn't get spent on services in Scotland.There's been some questionable rises in spend for a department that has hardly any governing responsibiliti...
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My Working Week

The Brexit Bourach continues! The Tory Brexiteers were huffing and puffing and looking pretty glum as they suffered a bit of a blow this week! They didn't want parliament to have a legal right to scrutinise and vote on the final Brexit deal, but they lost the vote on 'Amendment 7' - which was backed by the SNP - by 309 to 305...
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