Tommy's views on current policy issues raised by constituents.

Policy Articles

Tommy Sheppard
29 March 2018
Tommy's Blog
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...
Tommy Sheppard
19 February 2017
Tommy's Blog
Policy
The hills around Jerusalem were drenched in sun the last time I was here. It brought out their significance and history. This week, though, the Holy Land has been visited by a Scottish winter. As I peer through the steamed up windows of our VW Transporter, it’s decidedly dreich out there. I’m here on a parliamentary delegation to see if the political mood matches the weather. The trip is organised...
Tommy Sheppard
17 February 2017
My work for you in Edinburgh East
Policy
I am a longstanding advocate of the Palestinian people and am vice convenor of the All Party Group on Palestine.  I am very proud to have written the motion and worked with colleagues across the political parties to succeed in having the motion discussed in the main chamber. It is clear that if there is to be a viable two-state solution then the occupation has to end and the settlers will eit...