Deidre Brock MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North & 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 is a 'roun...
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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 repe...
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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 fol...
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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-on...
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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 the...
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Escalating situation in Syria

April 11, 2018 The 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 prov...
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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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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 "scrounger...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 respons...
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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, ben...
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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 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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fox hunting

I was at a League Against Cruel Sports rally against fox hunting in Edinburgh recently. It's difficult to believe that instead of looking at where the law needs tightened up – as we will do in Scotland – Tories are keen to repeal the ban (only a bad election result seems to have dropped it from the agenda in the immediate future). Foxhunting i...
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No way to run a country, Theresa

Article published in the Edinburgh Evening News, March 15, 2017 Here we are, then, nine months after the Brexit referendum, eight months since Theresa May became Prime Minister, five months since she promised Scotland a hotline on Brexit negotiations, three months since the Scottish Government published a full position paper on Brexit, still having...
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