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Hunt challenged over junior doctors being lured from NHS to do fitness for work tests for DWP

Hunt challenged over junior doctors being lured from NHS to do fitness for work tests for DWP

SNP MP Tommy Sheppard has challenged UK health secretary Jeremy Hunt to explain why the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) fitness for work test provider was using taxpayers’ money to entice frontline junior doctors away from the NHS with a massive salary.

Sheppard confronted Jeremy Hunt in the Commons yesterday over the fact that Maximus was offering £72,000 a year – significantly more than that paid to NHS junior doctors – to carry out controversial work capability assessments (WCA).

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The necessity of reinstating post-study work visas for international students

The necessity of reinstating post-study work visas for international students

Edinburgh MP Tommy Sheppard is working with the University of Edinburgh to urge the UK Home Office to reinstate a post-study work scheme for international students.

Scottish universities, including The University of Edinburgh and several Scottish government officials have warned against the tangible effects of removing post-study work schemes.

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Labour can only reclaim power in Scotland if the SNP f***s it up

Labour can only reclaim power in Scotland if the SNP f***s it up

 

Tommy Sheppard has a bee in his bonnet. The SNP MP for Edinburgh East is sat in his cramped parliamentary office, busy reeling off a series of gripes he harbours with Westminster.

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Tourist tax scheme is an open and shut suitcase

Tourist tax scheme is an open and shut suitcase

Edinburgh should have a tourist tax. A small levy on the hotel bill for visitors would help pay the cost of keeping our magnificent capital city going.

The city attracts around four million visitors per year. In 2014, there were 5.8 million bed nights in Edinburgh hotels (2.3 million domestic tourists and 3.5 million overseas tourists). Even if these were in shared rooms we’re talking nearly three million hotel rooms a year (not including B&Bs). If there was an average £2 levy on the cost of a hotel room (a modest two per cent of a £100 room), that would bring in at least £6 million a year – and that’s probably a serious underestimate.

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MP backs uni over rules which stop graduates staying

MP backs uni over rules which stop graduates staying

City MP Tommy Sheppard has backed a call by Edinburgh University for the reintroduction of post-study work visas to allow overseas students to stay and contribute to the Scottish economy for two years after they graduate.Read the full article in the Edinburgh Evening News 

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We Need to Debate BDS

We Need to Debate BDS

MP Tommy Sheppard has backed a targeted consumer boycott campaign to oppose the occupation of Palestine by Israel and to push for a fresh peace settlement.

Sheppard, the MP for Edinburgh East, said he “generally supports the BDS campaign” with a boycott focus on arms used in human rights abuses alongside goods produced from illegal settlements.

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Press Release: Pushing Cameron on Women's Pensions

Press Release: Pushing Cameron on Women's Pensions

 

Press Release: 15th January 2016

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A generation of women cheated out of pension

A generation of women cheated out of pension

Last week in parliament we debated how to equalise the state pension age for men and women. The UK Government’s dreadful handling of this change has been very unfair to women born between April 6, 1951 and the early 1960s – with those born in the mid-50s worst affected. Not only is their retirement age being raised to 66, but it’s happening over a very short period of time.Read the full article in the Edinburgh Evening News

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World at One

World at One

Tommy was back on the World at One after PMQs, discussing the day's news.

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Pride and Pantomime in House of Commons

Pride and Pantomime in House of Commons

‘Are you enjoying it?’ is the most common question I get asked about being an MP. It’s not the verb I’d choose. But I’ve been a political activist of one kind or another for 40 years so being able to do it full-time and get paid for it is certainly a privilege.Read the full article in the Scotland on Sunday

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Daily Politics

Tommy make his first trip to the studio for Daily Politics - topics covered included the EU Referendum, Labour Party reshuffle and the 2016 elections.

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World at One

World at One

Reflections on PMQs and what do you buy the party leaders for Christmas?!

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SNP on Westminster Hour

SNP on Westminster Hour

The SNP is the UK's third party and a major force at Westminster. Gary Connor talks to Scottish Nationalist MPs about their role, and hears of their approach to Middle England.

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Press Release: SNP and Labour Join Forces in Alternative FOI Review

Press Release: SNP and Labour Join Forces in Alternative FOI Review

Press Release: 14th December

Tommy Sheppard, SNP spokesperson for the cabinet office, has joined forces with Tom Watson, deputy leader of the Labour party to gather evidence as part of a cross party review into the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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Press Release: 590 suicides related to Work Capability Assessments

Press Release: 590 suicides related to Work Capability Assessments

Press Release: 7th December 2015

Local MP questions DWP on report that 590 suicides related to Work Capability Assessments

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Can’t keep compensating for Tory cuts

Can’t keep compensating for Tory cuts

On Wednesday, we find out if George Osborne will make changes to the government’s proposals to cut tax credits. The Chancellor has promised that he will respond to widespread criticism from all parties in his Autumn Statement. Let’s hope he doesn’t come up with something even worse.

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This Fight is Not Over

This Fight is Not Over

Sheppard tells PM on Scotland Bill: "This fight is not over"

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Scotland Bill

Scotland Bill

The “monstrous deceit” of broken promises on more powers for Holyrood will only accelerate Scotland’s exit from the United Kingdom, Edinburgh East MP Tommy Sheppard has told the SNP conference.

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Top 10 most ridiculous things about Westminster

Top 10 most ridiculous things about Westminster
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Tommy's Blog Articles

Tommy Sheppard
26 August 2017
My work for you in Edinburgh East
Tommy's Blog
I was incredibly impressed by my visit to the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine in Edinburgh's Bioquarter. Hundreds of scientists from across the globe developing truly world leading research in stem cells and regeneration. Clinical treatment is at the forefront - developing treatments to some of Scotland's most challenging diseases including liver disease, MS and MND.And they have an excellent...
Tommy Sheppard
26 August 2017
My work for you in Edinburgh East
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Recently I met with Sarah and Harry from OneKind to discuss animal welfare in Scotland, a cause close to my heart at Westminster.

Tommy Sheppard
23 August 2017
My work for you in Edinburgh East
Tommy's Blog
Yesterday I met with Bob Hope, Chair of Trustees at FOTA (Friends of the Award). They do fantastic work supporting delivery of the Duke of Edinburgh Award across Edinburgh and the Lothians.The charity specialises in supporting young people with additional challenges in their lives whether that be a learning or physical disability, being a young carer, living in residential care or any other diffic...
Tommy Sheppard
09 August 2017
Tommy's Blog
The obelisk on Calton Hill forms a familiar part of our iconic Edinburgh skyline. Many residents will pass it daily. But I would reckon only a very few will be aware of what it commemorates. Erected in 1844 the monument is to five men whose actions back in the late 18th century radically changed the political landscape in our country and across the UK. They sowed the seeds which eventually brought...
Tommy Sheppard
21 July 2017
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Media
OK, sorry about this, but it’s Brexit again this month. Don’t blame me – I voted remain.Remember the Great Repeal Bill David Davis promised last year. Well, it’s arrived, Except it’s now called the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. I’ve no idea why withdrawal is in brackets, maybe it’s not going to happen. It’s not that great either – just nineteen clauses, half of which are legalistic gobbledygoo...