Deidre Brock MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North & Leith

No way to run a country, Theresa

Article published in the Edinburgh Evening News, March 15, 2017Here 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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Behind the doors at Custom House

The marvellous old Custom House building has stood proudly at The Shore welcoming ships to Leith since 1812 but in ...
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Speech: Scotland needs its own immigration policy

I spoke in a debate this afternoon (Thursday March 9) about the Scottish Affairs Committee's report into the demography of Scotland and its implications for devolution. I discussed the differing population needs we have and pressed the case for the UK Government to work with the Scottish Government to find  tailored immigration solut...
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WASPI rally - the fight goes on for pension justice

I had a good meeting with WASPI women in London yesterday. (that's Women Against State Pension Inequality' for anyone who still doesn't know!) They are campaigning hard for justice for thousands of women born in the 1950s who had their retirement plans shattered by abrupt changes to the state pension age. There was a massive turnout of women f...
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Prime Minister refuses to ask Scottish Parliament for consent on ‘Brexit’ Scotland Act

Prime Minister Theresa May today refused to confirm she would consult with the Scottish people and ask the Scottish Parliament to agree before she changes the Scotland Act after Brexit. In response to a question from Edinburgh North and Leith MP Deidre Brock, Mrs May just said she speaks a lot to the Scottish Government.Speaking after Prime Ministe...
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Speech: Audacious Women of Art

Pauline Boty created pop art works in the early 1960s – right at the leading edge of the new art – it was her ideas and her imagination that sparked a movement but the artists that most people remember today are boring old guys like Warhol. Compared to the vibrant sensuality of Boty, the Campbell's soup can is as cream of chicken as it gets. ...
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Leith International Women's Day

Leith has no shortage of inspiring women, not least the legend that is Mary Moriarty! Mary opened proceedings at the third Leith International Women's Day event on Saturday, telling us about some of the local women who inspired her.Held at South Leith Parish Church Hall, this was a really positive multicultural event with lots of performa...
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Traidcraft Big Brew

It's Fairtrade Fortnight, and this Friday and Saturday I attended two 'Tradecraft Big Brew' fundraising events in north Edinburgh, where copious amounts of coffee, tea and delicious home baking was consumed.All the goods were fair trade and all the money raised was to help lift people out of poverty in rural Africa, where 70% of people depend on ag...
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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 c...
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PMQs: Brock questions May on human rights

Below is my question to Prime Minister Theresa May during today's PMQ's (February 1). It refers to Ms May's recent meetings with Donald Trump and then President Erdogan of Turkey whose regime has become increasingly authoritarian since the failed coup attempt last summer. Ms May seems reluctant to challenge or criticise either leader...
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SNP MPs HARDEST WORKING IN PARLIAMENT IN 2016

New figures have revealed Scottish National Party MPs were the hardest working in the UK Parliament during 2016 with higher levels of participation. SNP MPs spoke in an average of 64 debates last year, significantly more than Labour and Tory MPs.Data released by the House of Commons Library has also revealed the number of times the word "Scotland" ...
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Overseas students are the Real McCoy for Edinburgh

The Real McCoy, Elijah McCoy that is, studied mechanical engineering at Edinburgh University. He was a foreign student whose later inventions meant railway locomotives ran better. Heriot Watt University has over 116,000 alumni worldwide in over 190 countries. Edinburgh College has links to India and Dubai and historic links in Azerbaijan, Egypt and...
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December Newsletter 2016

Deidre's latest e-newsletter is now available online - click here to read. If you want to receive the newsletter in your in-box then subscribe here.
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UK GOVERNMENT URGED TO REJECT BREXITEER BID TO SCRAP ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS

UK GOVERNMENT URGED TO REJECT BREXITEER BID TO SCRAP ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS SNP MP Deidre Brock today used Prime Minister's Questions to urge the UK government to reject proposals by a leading Tory Brexiteer to use leaving the EU as an opportunity to scrap important environmental and safety standards. The MP for Edinburgh North and Leith called ...
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Article 50

I received so many emails about Article 50 with so many different points of view and covering different topics that I have written down my own opinion and a few brief points below.I think our interests are best served inside the European Union - I campaigned for a Remain vote in June and I voted Remain in the referendum. I acknowledge that not ever...
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Surgery for Polish residents

Deidre is holding an extra 'pop-up' surgery for Polish constituents this Friday 18 November 2016The 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 to ...
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Homes secured for Lorne Street residents

Commenting on today's announcement that the Agnes Hunter Trust has agreed the sale of their complete portfolio of 92 properties in Lorne Street, Leith to Places for People Scotland, ensuring all residents can stay in their homes, Deidre Brock MP said:-"I'm thrilled to bits to hear this news. What a fantastic day for the tenants of Lorne Street who ...
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Brock welcomes plans for Granton Walled Garden

Deidre Brock MP welcomed the decision from developers behind the Granton Waterfront to retain the Granton Castle Walled Garden as a community green space and incorporate it into their plans for the area.The medieval garden – once a hunting lodge for James IV - looked set to have 17 new townhouses built on it, before community groups stepped in and ...
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DUMP THE RAPE CLAUSE SAYS BROCK – PUBLIC’S HELP NEEDED

Deidre Brock, MP for Edinburgh North and Leith, has called for Edinburgh residents to join the campaign to dump the rape clause in tax credits. She said that people power was needed to help reject plans from the Tory government to restrict tax credits to two children and introduce a "medieval" clause for vulnerable women. Last year the UK Governmen...
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Edinburgh University “annoyed” at snub for post-study visa pilot

The Principal of Edinburgh University said he was "jolly annoyed" at not being given the chance to take part in a new post-study visa scheme being piloted at four prestigious universities in England, despite the success of the previous scheme in Scotland.Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea was speaking to the Scottish Affairs Committee during an evidence ...
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