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Some published articles and blog posts from Tommy Sheppard MP

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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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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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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Israel and Palestine Debate

Tommy contributes to the debate on Israel and Palestinian Talks (5th July 2017).

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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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Occupied Palestinian Territories: Israeli Settlements

Tommy contributes to the debate on Illegal Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (8th February 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.  

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Debate on Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill

Tommy contributes to the debate on the Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill (29th November 2016).

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Debate on reductions to ESA and Universal Credit

Tommy contributes to the Backbench Debate on Reductions to Employment Support Allowance and Universal Credit (17th November 2016).

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Debate on Autumn Statement distributional analysis, Universal Credit and ESA

Tommy contributes to the Opposition Day Debate on Autumn Statement distributional analysis, universal credit and employment and support allowance (16th Nov 2016).

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Debate on House of Lords reform and the size of the House of Commons

Tommy contributes to the SNP Opposition Day Debate on House of Lords reform and the size of the House of Commons (19th October 2016)

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Debate on Citizen's Convention on Democracy

Tommy contributes to the Westminster Hall Debate on Citizen's Convention on Democracy (20th July 2016).

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Debate on the Renewal of Trident

Tommy contributes to the Debate on the renewal of trident (18th July 2016).

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Automatic Voter Registration Debate

Tommy contributes to the Westminster Hall Debate on automatic voter registration (29th June 2016).

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EU Referendum Debate

Tommy contributes to the Opposition Day Debate on the EU Referendum (15th June 2016).

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BBC White Paper Debate

BBC White Paper Debate

Tommy contributes to the Opposition Day Debate on the BBC White Paper (8th June 2016).

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Debate on Anti Corruption Summit

Tommy contributes to the Westminster Hall Debate on the Anti Corruption Summit (3rd May 2016).

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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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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.

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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...