Deidre Brock MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith

Best reform of House of Lords? Scrap it

I spoke in today's debate about reform of the House of Lords, led by my SNP colleague Tommy Sheppard MP. We were discussing the rather timid reforms put forward in a recent report from the Lord Speakers' Committee. I have some other ideas....There have been many debates on the House of Lords over many years. Indeed, some would say th...
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Career choices and challenges: the culture of casual sexism

I've seen suggestions that there should be more equality training in the workplace and a suggestion that men should routinely be given sensitivity training. The real answer, though, is men should be decent human beings who don't regard women as being worth less than they are. Deidre Brock MP A speech I gave to the CFA UK Scottish Gender Di...
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Supermarket surgery this Thursday

Since I'm back in Edinburgh a little earlier than normal I've added an extra surgery this week. I'll be at Sainsbury's café in Craigleith Retail Park from 11am-12noon. Come along and say hello if you live in the area and let me know if there's anything I can help you with. All my regular and 'pop-up' surgeries are listed on the calendar o...
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Abolish the VAT on Scotland's police and firefighters

Scotland's police force and fire brigade pay somewhere around £35 million a year in VAT. It's the only police force in the UK that has to pay VAT and the only fire brigade in the UK that has to pay VAT so it's a whole load of cash just ripped out of the hands of Scotland's firefighting capability and crimefighting capability.The Chancellor of the E...
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Brock leads debate on UK Government's 'grave and systematic violations' of disabled rights

The Tories will today come under fire for cuts to disability support, as MPs debate the UK government's record of violating the rights of disabled people. SNP MP Deidre Brock will lead the debate at Westminster, after the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities criticised UK government austerity and welfare cuts for creating a "hum...
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Blog: Celebrating World Animal Day

The desire to build a kinder, fairer, more compassionate society doesn't stop with homosapiens. Deidre Brock MP, World Animal Day 2017 Today I took part in an event to celebrate World Animal Day.  Organised by the One O'clock Gun Association, it fittingly took place at the giraffe sculptures at the top of Leith Walk. Desp...
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My working week Sept 9-15 2017

Brexit!This week the EU Withdrawal Bill stumbled gracelessly through Westminster and the chaos of Brexit; unplanned, ill-considered and disorganised from a government with no idea what it's doing or why – and the Bill itself robs powers away from the Scottish Parliament, the Senned and Stormont. The SNP, of course, opposes this power-grab – it's no...
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NHS Pay Debate

My speech in full from the debate on NHS pay (Sept 13 2017) calling for decent pay for all public sector workers - poverty is a political choice, not a necessity. The first order of business should be congratulating the Scottish Government on removing the cap on public sector pay rises. We should note, too, that, as my hon. Friend Dr Whitford said,...
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My working week: Saturday 2nd to Friday 8th September 2017

So Westminster is back and we're busy debating the bill to withdraw the UK from the EU – although given its enormous implications we could do with a lot more time for debate and a lot less flannel. This flawed bill enables legisl...
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Save Leith Registrar - sign the petition

I was surprised to learn that Leith's Registrar's Office is set to close this year. After November people are expected to travel to the City Chambers but it's just not the same - Leithers want to get married and register births and deaths in Leith, a place with its own unique history and sense of community quite distinct from Edinburgh.Th...
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Summer round-up

The UK Parliament is in the midst of its ridiculously long summer recess (for the non-political geeks, that's the time when parliament doesn't meet). You'd think we had nothing to talk about (what's that Brexit thing again?). I see some Scottish MPs (of the non-SNP variety) were in London for the last chimes of Big Ben – I don't know how they found...
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MY WORKING WEEK JUL 10-14

            July 10 – 14Social MobilityI'm the SNP's Fair Employment spokesperson so I took part in a debate on social mobility policy this week. Tory and Labour governments have both failed people badly here – that's the conclusion of work by the Social Mobility Commission who I think will not...
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Scottish food could lose EU protections

The protected status of Scottish speciality foods is under threat from Brexit, Deidre Brock MP has revealed.Geographical specialities from across the country, from Scottish salmon to the Stornoway Black Pudding or the Arbroath Smokie, will no longer be part of the EU Protected Food Name Scheme which has helped promote our food industry.In response...
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Social mobility policies badly failing young people

The Government's Social Mobility Commission's recent work was so damning that I suspect that the Commission will not be long for this worldTwo decades in which there has been no progressTwenty years where the only movement seems to be backwards.I should say that from my brief look at the research papers that it appears that Scotland isn't included ...
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This week at Westminster

Here's a taste of my week in the Commons Monday 3 to Friday 7 July 2017Northern Ireland and DUP dealAs the SNP's Northern Ireland spokesperson, the political situation there was high on the agenda this week. It was disappointing that a deal was not reached to restore power sharing governance – these are issues with potentially serious consequences ...
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Celebrating Stockbridge

​There was an impressive turnout for the 'Celebrating Stockbridge' event last week at the Lifecare Centre - marking 100 years of history in this vibrant corner of the town.I spoke to Su Millar the Chief Exec of Lifecare who was blown away by the numbers - she was kept her very busy trying to supply the many with teas and coffees...
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Responses to ten key questions on Brexit

The Scottish Centre on European Relations asked 10 questions about Brexit – https://www.scer.scot/database/ident-1979 – so I've written a short response to each. (1) EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU– Do you support EU citizens in the UK having the same rights they have now (to residence, pensions, being joined by family members, bene...
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Nuclear weapons

Earlier this year it was leaked that a test-firing of a Trident nuclear missile off the coast of Florida had gone horribly wrong, with the missile veering off towards the US. The UK Government chose not to inform the House of this rather critical flaw in the test, which happened not long before a crucial Commons voted on renewal of Trident. When ev...
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Civil Liberties: I Will Dance to Tom Paine's Bones

This article first appeared in The Leither magazineI sometimes get a bit lost finding my way around Westminster – I may have been working there for a couple of years but it's still a really weird place and it's easy to lose your bearings. I got lost one Monday afternoon recently and needed some help. There was, fortunately, a helpful policeman near...
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Supporting our creatives

As some of you know, I've got a bit of a background in the creative sector, both in my earlier career as a professional actor then later – with my political hat on – as Convener of Culture and Sport at the City of Edinburgh Council, where I was responsible for delivering projects from the Assembly Rooms refurbishment to the Glenogle Baths restorati...
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