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Some published articles and blog posts from Tommy Sheppard MP

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 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 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 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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Trade Union Bill

Tommy contributes to the Debate on the Lord's amendments to the Trade Union Bill (27th April 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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Tier 2 Visa Debate

Tommy contributes to the Westminster Hall Debate on the Government's plans to introduce a £35,000 earnings threshold on Tier 2 visas.

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Local Government and Ethical Procurement

Tommy contributes to the Westminster Hall Debate on the Government's proposals to introduce updated guidelines on ethical procurement for local councils (15th March 2016).

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Education Maintenance Grants

Tommy contributes to the Opposition Day Debate on the Government's plans to scrap Educational Maintenance Grants for students in England.

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Electoral Integrity and Absent Voters

Tommy sums up for the SNP at the Westminster Hall debate on Electoral integrity and absent voters.

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Debate on the Middle East and Syria

Tommy speaks on behalf of the SNP in the back bench debate on the Middle East (30th November 2015)

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Trade Union Bill 3rd Reading

Tommy contributes to the 3rd reading of the Trade Union Bill 3rd Reading debate (10th November 2015)

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Scotland Bill 3rd Reading

Tommy contributes to the 3rd Reading of the Scotland Bill Debate (9th November 2015)

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Committee Meeting - Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing

Tommy contributes to the committee considering the draft Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing (Protected Areas) Regulations 2015 (27th October 2015)

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English Votes for English Laws

Tommy contributes to the debate on English Votes for English Laws in the chamber (22nd October 2015)

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Tommy's Blog Articles

Tommy Sheppard
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...
Tommy Sheppard
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...
Tommy Sheppard
03 September 2019
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Under the new Prime Minister, the UK’s headlong dash towards the No Deal Brexit cliff edge has accelerated. Johnson makes demands he knows the European Union cannot accept. He demands the removal of the Backstop. The Backstop was designed to protect the Good Friday Agreement and thus peace in Northern Ireland and is, let’s not forget, an international treaty which is overwhelmingly supported by th...
Tommy Sheppard
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...
Tommy Sheppard
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...