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Some published articles and blog posts from Tommy Sheppard MP

Debate on Demolitions

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Here's my contribution to the debate in Westminster Hall on the effect of Israeli demolitions on Palestinian communities

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Scottish Office Questions

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Earlier today I finally extracted a commitment from the UK Government to amend clause 11 of the #EUWithdrawalBill during Scottish Office questions. But they can’t say when.

 
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EU Withdrawal Bill Debate

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Here's my speech from the debate on the #EUWithdrawalBill before we voted on crucial amendments to protect devolution.

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Debate on Deafness

I took part in the debate on deafness and had my first go at British Sign Language - something I may well need one day given my own hearing loss. Scotland’s already passed a BSL Bill, it's time for Westminster to follow suit.

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PMQ on the House of Lords

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A perfect example of not answering the question - illustrating all that is wrong with PMQs.

PMQ 29th Nov 17Posted by Tommy Sheppard MP on Wednesday, 29 November 2017
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Budget Debate

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My take on the budget as part of the debate this week.

 

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European Charter of Fundamental Rights

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Yesterday I called for the UK Government to think again on the European Charter of Fundamental Rights. Watch my full speech here.

 

EU Withdrawal Bill - 21st Nov 17 Posted by Tommy Sheppard MP on Wednesday, 22 November 2017
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Question on the cost of Brexit

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I've been trying to get information on this for months. But still no clear answer as to how many civil servants are working on Brexit and how much it will cost.

Cabinet Office Questions - 22nd Nov 17Posted by Tommy Sheppard MP on Wednesday, 22 November 2017
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Debate on a second independence referendum

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Here's the final part of my speech on a second Indyref in Westminster Hall.

 

Westminster Hall Debate 13th Nov 17 Posted by Tommy Sheppard MP on Tuesday, 14 November 2017
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Debate on the House of Lords

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I led a debate on the House of Lords - an out of date institution that's unrepresentative, undemocratic and in urgent need of reform. You can watch my full speech here.

 
House of Lords Debate - 15th Nov 17 Posted by Tommy Sheppard MP on Thursday, 16 November 2017
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PMQ on a fracking ban for the rest of the UK

On the back of the Scottish Parliament voting to ban fracking, I asked Theresa May to consider a moratorium in the rest of the UK. She's as out of touch on this as she is on so many other things.

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Devolved Powers Debate in Westminster Hall

Oh dear, I seem to have upset Stirling Tory MP Stephen Kerr in the debate on devolved powers.
 
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Permanent Residence Certification Petition

I presented a petition on the system of obtaining permanent residence certification. As you can see here, members of parliament from other parties are clearly not as concerned about the difficulties facing many people trying to guarantee their right to live in the UK.

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International Day of Democracy

The Westminster Hall Debate on the International Day of Democracy was an opportunity to examine our modern, imperfect democracy and what we could be doing better. It won't shock you that the House of Lords, proportional representation and voter participation all get a mention. You can watch my contribution here.

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EU Withdrawal Bill

The EU Withdrawal Bill passed its second reading with the help of the Scottish Tories. Here's my speech from the chamber explaining why I voted against it.
 
 
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Queen's Speech Debate

Tommy contributes to the Queen's Speech debate on Social Care (28th June 2017).

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Previous European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill

Tommy contributes to the debate on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (1st February 2017).

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Debate on Leaving the EU: Security, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

Tommy contributes to the debate on Leaving the EU: Security, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (18th January 2017).

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Point of Order - Paris Peace Conference

Yesterday I raised a Point of Order in the House.

Yesterday there was an international Peace Conference on Israel and Palestine in Paris.

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Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill - Report stage

Tommy contributed to the Report Stage debate of the Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill on Tuesday 10th January 2017.  

You can watch his contribution here or read it below. 

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Tommy's Blog Articles

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13 September 2019
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At two minutes past ten on Wednesday morning I was sitting in court number one just behind St Giles on the Royal Mile. A minute later Lord Carloway announced the unanimous decision by the appeal court judges that the British government had acted illegally in proroguing parliament.  There was an audible intake of breath as the decision hit.I was pleased to join my colleague Joanna Cherry QC, and ot...
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09 September 2019
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My work for you in Westminster
I've had a few emails recently from people who are asking about the SNP position regarding a general election.While I recorded some video updates last week, one of the limitations of social media is that it mitigates against context and nuance, so it is not always an adequate medium to communicate one's ideas. Also, while the instant nature of social media is useful it is limited in a situation li...
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26 August 2019
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And so the parliamentary summer recess draws to a close. This week Westminster opposition parties meet to plan their autumn attack. The week after, battle commences in the palace by the Thames. The parliament and the premier, each with a death wish on each other. The question: who will get the killer blow in first?What is clear is that a General Election is coming. Either the government will colla...
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19 August 2019
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Dearie me, what’s going on in the People’s Party? First, shadow chancellor John McDonnell states that a Westminster Labour government wouldn’t block a request from the Scottish Parliament to hold an independence referendum. He says it twice just in case anyone thinks the first time was a mistake. And this week Jeremy Corbyn says it again to be sure.Now, in one sense, it’s an unremarkable statement...
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18 July 2019
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The wait is nearly over. By next week the Tory party will have a new leader. And then they will foist him on the country at large. With most of the votes cast it seems that the clown prince is unstoppable. Barring a miracle Boris Johnson will be our next Prime Minister.

And then what?