CALL TO PROTECT GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT FROM RECKLESS HARD BREXIT

The SNP have said peace and prosperity in Northern Ireland must be protected on the anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. Marking twenty years since the Agreement, SNP Northern Ireland spokesperson Deidre Brock criticised "inflammatory" comments by Tory Brexit Minister David Davis against the Irish government, and warned that the Agreement coul...
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Rugby for all in North Edinburgh

A new walking touch rugby group for men and women over 50 is being launched by Edinburgh BATS rugby at Raeburn Place. Information from organisers below - contact them for more details. Walking touch rugby is a non-running, non-contact version of rugby union for men and women. This new initiative is designed to provide over-50s who are loo...
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Woman and Work Debate

Dignity at work for women everywhere should be one of our core demands in politics. This is not about women getting a special deal; it is about dignity and respect. Deidre Brock MP During a debate on 'Women and Work', Deidre points out a few areas where the UK Government are missing opportunities to break down barriers for women. Full transcript of...
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TORIES 'IN DENIAL' ABOUT EFFECT THEIR POLICIES ARE HAVING ON THE VULNERABLE

'UTTERLY SHOCKING' RESPONSE FROM UK GOVERNMENT ON PIP PAYMENT U-TURN SNP MP Deidre Brock has said that Tory ministers denying that their welfare policies are causing harm to people is 'utterly shocking' and that the UK government is 'in denial' about the effect of their callous policies. Deidre Brock's comments follow a question today on the UK gov...
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TORIES “PARTYING ON THE PUBLIC PURSE” AS SCOTLAND OFFICE HOSPITALITY SPEND SKYROCKETS

Questions have been raised over whether Scottish Tory ministers are "partying on the public purse" after new figures revealed that Scotland Office hospitality spending has skyrocketed. Responding to a parliamentary question from SNP MP Deidre Brock , Scottish Secretary David Mundell was forced to admit that Scotland Office spending on hospitality h...
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Brock calls for Brexit DUP donors to be named

Deidre Brock MP has called for all donors to parties in Northern Ireland during the EU referendum to be open to public scrutiny. Deidre is the SNP's spokesperson on Northern Ireland and also sits on the committee tasked with scrutinising the secondary legislation being introduced today. Deidre said:- "Transparency over donations to political partie...
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Deidre takes on the PM on EU citizens' rights

           At Prime Ministers Questions, SNP MP Deidre Brock called for Theresa May to take back control of her government and give immediate clarity to EU citizens that they can remain with their families after Brexit. Deidre challenged the PM to meet the promise she made in an open lette...
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Stop the penalties for postal bills - Brock

Deidre Brock MP has called for consumers to keep the right to choose between paper and digital data without extra charges being applied. Deidre is hosting an event for the campaign 'Keep me Posted' at Westminster today (Wednesday), a coalition of charities, interest groups and businesses including support from Age Scotland, Dyslexia Scotland, Carer...
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Friends of Starbank Park shortlisted for award

Deidre Brock MP congratulated Friends of Starbank Park on being shortlisted for the Friends Group of the Year Award - the only Scottish park on the shortlist. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Lords Cricket Ground Wednesday evening (29 November). Deidre said:- "Congratulations to the Friends of Starbank Park for being the only Scottish ...
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City of Edinburgh Music School must stay open - Brock

Following reports that the City of Edinburgh Music School faces an uncertain future, Deidre Brock MP has written to the Council's Education Committee calling for a rethink and assurances that the specialist service will remain open. The school is based in Flora Stevenson Primary and in Broughton High, in Deidre's constituency of Edinburgh North and...
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Victory for Leithers as Leith Registrars Office stays open

Deidre Brock MP has hailed "victory for the Leithers" over news that Edinburgh Council has backed down over its plans to close Leith Registrars Office, putting them on hold until a public consultation has been held. A petition to save the Registrar gathered 4000 signatures in just a couple of days, showing the massive support from Leithers for the ...
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Audacious Women Festival

Absolutely delighted to be playing a small role in the Audacious Women Festival . On Saturday Feb 25 I'm hosting a talk about how art as well as politics moves things forward for women .... I'll chat about some of the fantastic women that have inspired me from history and bring us up to modern times with help from three inspiring women of the ...
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Surgery for Polish residents

Deidre is holding an extra 'pop-up' surgery for Polish constituents this Friday 18 November 2016 The meeting will be held at her constituency office at 166 Great Junction Street when a Polish translator will be available. If that suits you then get along to the office between 6-7pm. Deidre said: "It's great to have so many Polish residents adding t...
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Supermarket Surgery - come meet your MP

I'm having a 'pop-up' surgery on the morning of Friday October 28, between 10 and 11 at Sainsbury's Café, in Craigleith Retail Park. All constituents are welcome to come along, say hello and raise any concerns with me. No need for an appointment, just drop by.
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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, p...
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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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Deidre marks Holocaust Memorial Day

To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, Edinburgh North and Leith MP Deidre Brock signed the Holocaust Educational Trust's Book of Commitment, honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust, and paying tribute to the extraordinary survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people. Holocaust Memorial Day falls on the date of the liberation of th...
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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 under...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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