Tommy contributes to the Trade Union Bill debate (14th September 2015)
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So summer has come and gone, and we're all trying to figure out how on earth it can possible be October already?! As parliament returns to full duties, I thought some people might like to hear what life is like in a parliamentary office during recess.
Ah recess, it sounds so peaceful and relaxing. like one long primary school playtime. A time for holidays and eating ice-cream in the sun. Or not. In fact, definitely not. Especially when you are a new MP and want to get to know everyone and everything in your constituency. Of course that isn't practical in six weeks, but Tommy did have a good go.
Tommy contributes to the SNP Opposition debate on the refugee crisis (9th September 2015)
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Tommy Sheppard MP has sponsored an Early Day Motion congratulating Gordon on his extraordinarily successful campaign raising awareness of Motor Neurone Disease, and the substantial amount of funding he has raised for research. The motion also calls for more public spending, which has fallen by a third over the last three financial years and is currently at a five year low.
MND is a cruel, debilitating and progressive disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord leading to weakness as muscles gradually waste away. It is a fatal disease and there is no cure. Currently it is not even known what causes it. Life expectancy after diagnosis is on average less than two years. This is why funding for research is vital.
Tommy Sheppard is used to being busy in July. There are always acts to book, venues to prepare, tickets to sell. Sheppard still bears traces of his life as impresario at the Stand Comedy Club – polka dot tie, unkempt thatch of spiky hair – but nowadays it is the business of Parliament, not the upcoming Edinburgh Fringe, that has him run ragged.
Read the full article in the National
Because, of course, Westminster, and everything it stands for, is essentially their worst nightmare. And yet here they are now, part of it. What’s it like, I ask Tommy Sheppard, the new member for Edinburgh East, being in the belly of the beast?
Read the full article on the SNP 56 in the Observer
"What happened yesterday was the most monstrous assault on our welfare state, which attacked the poorest in society." Tommy Sheppard (9th July 2015)
Watch Tommy's full appearance on his first Question Time
It was with much joy that Team Tommy boarded a train to London for our 24 hours in Westminster on a hot Sunday afternoon. It might have been a weekend but we’re getting used to working for an MP and its lack of 9-5 reliability and were happy to spend the time on the train getting to know each other a bit better, prompted by the need to write our biogs for the website!
But back to Westminster. As someone who has spent quite a bit of time in London visiting friends and being a tourist, the Westminster area is one I have managed to avoid in the main. So stepping out of the tube station to the sight of Big Ben is slightly overwhelming. Whilst being a member of the SNP and finding the whole process of Westminster slightly unseemly, you cannot deny the beauty of the building.
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.