Deidre Brock MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North & Leith

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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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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Cuts will help disabled people into work - aye, right

This article first appeared in the Edinburgh Evening News on March 28, 2017. http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/opinion/deidre-brock-cuts-will-help-disabled-into-work-aye-right-1-4404620April is coming, spring is here and summer is on its way. All seems right with the world and happiness is all around. Unless you're one of those people – yo...
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Speech: opposing Tory proposals for a new Royal Yacht

The sad and sorry Britannia plan sounds like the regrets of someone who has missed their chance drawing the tattered remnants of their dreams around them for whatever warmth they can offer while the world rushes by uncaringly. Deidre Brock MP Deidre Brock's speech (plus interventions, from Hansard 11/10/16 https://goo.gl/...
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The Queen's speech: my response in full

​ This has been a very interesting debate. It has been quite lengthy, but some interesting points have been made. It has almost been cuddly at times and quite consensual, but I am afraid to say that I will not be so consensual in my speech. It is the duty of those of us on the SNP Benches to make points where we see them that need to be...
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Changes to ESA

I have consistently opposed the UK Government's proposals to cut £30 a week from the support given to sick and disabled people in the ESA work-related activity group. The SNP has challenged this cut at every stage of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill by bringing forward amendments to remove the proposal. We will continue to do so when the Bill retur...
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The wounds from relentless austerity measures

The Chancellor calls the cuts "difficult decisions" yet he looks like a man who has lost no sleep over them. Deidre Brock MP This is an article I wrote about the impact of austerity measures on provision of social care services. It was published in Politics First magazine, where it's also available online.   &...
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Problems at HMRC wont be solved by change in personnel

Commenting on today's announcement that HMRC Chief Executive Lin Homer will step down in April, the SNP's member on the Public Accounts Committee, Deidre Brock MP said:-"Lin Homer has had a long career as a civil servant and I wish her well in her future endeavours.""The deep-rooted problems with HMRC won't be resolved by this change in personnel h...
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Meeting the volunteers at the foodbank

Last week I chatted with some of the volunteers working for the Edinburgh North East foodbank at their base in South Leith Parish Church. It's absolutely shocking that foodbanks have become so necessary in these days of benefit delays, cuts and sanctions, but it's a fact that they provide lifeline support to people facing foo...
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