Tommy produces a regular blog on his work at Westminster and issues he is concerned with.

Tommy's Latest Blog Articles

Tommy Sheppard
11 July 2018
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We need to talk about democracy. The UK government recently hosted its first ever “National Democracy Week” – with no sense of irony. We absolutely should be celebrating the 90th anniversary of the equalisation of voting ages for men and women. Nobody would argue with that. But we should celebrate that achievement precisely because it shattered an unjust status quo. And we still have an unjust s...
Tommy Sheppard
21 June 2018
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Brexit rumbles on. Last week the SNP walked out of parliament in protest at not being allowed to discuss House of Lords amendments that will seriously affect how we are governed. If we can’t have our say inside the chamber we’ll make our arguments outside. Meanwhile the UK government say we’re scaremongering. What power grab say the Tories? They claim that the Scottish government will get more po...
Tommy Sheppard
15 June 2018
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Buckle up folks – here comes a bumper blog as this week saw the return of the EU Withdrawal Bill after its time in the Lords. Or, more accurately, we were back voting on the EU Withdrawal Bill given there was precious little time for any actual debate. Over two days we were supposed to debate and vote on 20 different changes to the Bill that the Lords had put forward. You’ll likely have seen and ...

Latest Policy Articles

Tommy Sheppard
29 March 2018
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Policy
We need to change the law on drugs. In fairness, that’s always been my view. But until now I’ve done little about it as an MP. Why? Partly because there’s always been something I’ve felt was a greater priority – and partly because I know well how views can be distorted and used against people in public life. But that changes now. Three different events over the past few weeks have made me realise...
Tommy Sheppard
04 February 2018
My work for you in Edinburgh East
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My work for you in Westminster
You may be aware that last week the Scottish Government implemented an effective ban on electronic shock collars for dogs. These are barbaric devices that have no place in the training of dogs. I congratulate Ben Macpherson MSP on his campaign to get this action. However, the Scottish Government have one hand tied behind their back as powers over the sale of such devices is reserved to Westminster...
Tommy Sheppard
24 March 2017
My work for you in Edinburgh East
Policy
The Scottish Government is in the process of consulting the public on unconventional oil and gas. I would encourage everyone to take part. If you have any concerns about fracking in Scotland then now is the time to voice them. Long before I stood for election I was opposed to fracking so I thought it might be useful to share my answers to the consultation questions. These are my views – no doubt...