Deidre Brock MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North & Leith

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-on...
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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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My Working Week: March 5th - 10th

MONDAY March 5 On 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 ...
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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 o...
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Working Week 15-21 January

EU Withdrawal Bill - Labour and Tories let us down Two 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 Clar...
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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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Dr Elsie Inglis - a story that deserves to be told

The grit and passion this woman and her colleagues showed in standing up to the prevailing attitudes to women  and driving their plans forward regardless remain an inspiration to us all. Deidre Brock MP To commemorate 100 years since the death of Edinburgh hero, Dr Elsie Inglis, I spoke in today's debate about her legacy and the contribut...
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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 Diversity N...
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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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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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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 . Despite the blustery wi...
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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 n...
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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 legislative changes by ministerial decree in thousands of areas - workers' rights, for example, could be overturned withou...
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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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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. T...
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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 – 14 Social Mobility I'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 n...
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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 coffee...
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Civil Liberties: I Will Dance to Tom Paine's Bones

This article first appeared in The Leither magazine I 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 nea...
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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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