Roz Currie

Chief of Staff
Roz joined the SNP after the referendum and quickly became active, as the Northfield Campaign Coordinator for Tommy’s general election campaign and as women’s officer for her local SNP branch. Roz is a qualified Educational Psychologist who has recently moved into her new career,  working in Tommy's team. In her role Roz supports Tommy with press ...relations, social media and communications with constituents. She liaises with key groups, charities and agencies within the constituency alongside undertaking briefings for Tommy on key local issues. More

Summer in the City

Summer in the City

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. 

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Refugees Welcome

Tommy contributes to the SNP Opposition debate on the refugee crisis (9th September 2015)

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Tommy appears on Radio 5live

Tommy appears on Radio 5live

Hear Tommy talking about the Fringe and Politics (the perfect combination) here

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MND Research and Gordons’s Fightback

MND Research and Gordons’s Fightback

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.

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Finance Bill

Tommy comments in the chamber on the Finance Bill on 21st July 2015

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'You haven’t just changed job, you’ve changed life’

'You haven’t just changed job, you’ve changed life’

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

 
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The SNP 56: a breath of fresh air… ?

The SNP 56: a breath of fresh air… ?

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?

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Tommy appears on Question Time

Tommy appears on Question Time

"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

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Office induction in Westminster

Office induction in Westminster

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. 

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New MPs get used to Westminster life

New MPs get used to Westminster life

One was a finalist on MasterChef, another is a breast cancer nurse and a third has done three tours of duty in Afghanistan.

The six new MPs the BBC have been following over the past two months have come from all walks of life and their reflections on life at Westminster have been fascinating...

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Devolution of welfare in Scotland

Tommy's speech in the chamber

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Votes in the EU referendum

Tommy's speech in the chamber

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Scotland Bill

Tommy's speech in the chamber

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The real disaster is not full fiscal independence but Tory control of our economy

Tommy Sheppard has been misquoted three times in two parliaments in one week. Here he sets the record straight...

Having been misquoted by the Prime Minister and the opposition front bench on the same day I’m not sure whether to feel victimised or honoured. So let me start by being very clear. I fully support devolving all control over raising and spending public finances to Scotland. Full fiscal autonomy (FFA), as some call it, would allow Scotland’s government to operate like most other devolved legislatures in the modern world.

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Send My Friend to School

Send My Friend to School

Tommy Visits Preston Street Primary School

On Friday 29th May pupils at Preston Street Primary School became teachers for a day as they hosted a special assembly designed to teach parents – and Edinburgh East MP Tommy Sheppard – about the campaign to provide primary education for all the world’s children.

The P5 pupils delivered a series of speeches and presentations in support of the Send My Friend to School 2015 campaign, which helps to raise awareness of the estimated 58 million children around the world who miss out on a primary education.

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All-Party Parliamentary Groups

All-Party Parliamentary Groups

You might have heard that Tommy has been elected Vice-Chair of the Britain-Palestine All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG). This is fantastic news for both Tommy and for the people of Palestine but you might be wondering what it means. As things develop in Westminster, one of the things Tommy and his staff team are keen to do is make Parliament as transparent as possible. As such, we will be writing a series of short articles about various aspects of the workings of Westminster. Given Tommy’s recent appointment, it seems appropriate to start with APPGs!

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Meet your new Scottish MPs:Tommy Sheppard

One of the more pleasing aspects of the new intake of SNP MPs at Westminster is that so many of them come from varied backgrounds, and nearly all of them have had a career or life outside of politics as well as some experience of public service.

Tommy Sheppard is an ideal example of a new politically aware member with a hinterland. The Northern Ireland-born graduate of Aberdeen University is the founder of The Stand comedy club chain, which is also now in its fourth year of running one of the largest operations of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He also failed to win TV’s Masterchef in 1996, though he was a Scottish area finalist.

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Tommy's Blog Articles

Tommy Sheppard
23 November 2018
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It’s been a little while since I've written a blog on Brexit. Things are now moving quite quickly so I thought it might be helpful for me to share a few of my thoughts on where we are.The proposal put forward by Theresa May last week is not a good one and not one I can support. While the SNP Scottish government remain of the view that the best option for Scotland would be to remain in the European...
Tommy Sheppard
08 November 2018
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The budget was last week. Did you notice? As squibs go, this one was pretty damp. We’ll be debating the detail in the finance bill next week but the real story is one of indifference and missed opportunity.Since the 2008 crash, governments across the western world have seen their revenues unable to meet spending. In the US and most European countries the response was to use the power and funds of ...
Tommy Sheppard
11 October 2018
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We were supposed to set off from Johnston Terrace at one o’clock on last Saturday’s march for independence. In fact, it was a quarter past two by the time I turned into the Lawnmarket and began the walk down the Royal Mile to Holyrood.That’s what happens when the biggest gathering in years descends upon the centre of Edinburgh and parades through narrow medieval streets. As a popular tweet quipped...
Tommy Sheppard
13 September 2018
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Going back to Westminster after the summer recess you can almost feel the impending doom in the air. It’s the calm before the storm. Everyone knows something bad is going to happen. Just not what exactly. Like waiting for the ghoul to reveal itself in a horror movie.

And as the dread unfolds the discussion about whether there should be another Brexit referendum will intensify.

Tommy Sheppard
16 August 2018
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How’s your festival going? Are you thrilled to bits at the world’s largest arts festival being on your doorstep? Are you overdosing on culture in one of the 200+ festival venues? Or do you spend August grimacing as it takes twice as long to get anywhere and the city centre is taken over by hordes of impossibly enthusiastic young people.Whatever your view on the summer festivals there’s no doubt th...