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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

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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.

Listen to the story on Westminster Hour broadcast on Sunday 13th December 2015

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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.

Read the full article in the Edinburgh Evening News

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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
25 April 2019
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Forty years ago in the sweltering summer of 1979 I got myself arrested at Torness. I was one of hundreds protesting against the construction of the nuclear power station. For my efforts I got to spend a night in the cells at Dunbar nick.As the then Thatcher government was keen to point out - we didn't stop Torness. But as I'm keen to point out it was a tipping point. The time when nuclear energy l...
Tommy Sheppard
29 March 2019
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For many months the government has wielded a number of sticks to beat MPs into supporting its Withdrawal Agreement. It might be bad, they argue, but the alternative is worse. Remainers have been threatened with no deal. Leavers with no Brexit.The latest big stick is the threat of having to participate in the European parliamentary elections. To avoid this the Government (and the EU’s) new deadline...
Tommy Sheppard
28 March 2019
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So we’re not leaving the European Union tomorrow after all. As the Brexiters cancel their street parties and put away the bunting the rest of us should think carefully about what to do with the reprieve.This week started with parliament voting to take control of the process from government. A move without precedent. In truth, we were forced into it. What else can you do when faced with a governmen...
Tommy Sheppard
28 February 2019
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Four weeks ago I was worried about writing this column on the eve of the last major parliamentary debate on Brexit. Anything could have happened, rendering my speculation obsolete by the time you read it. I shouldn’t have fretted. Anything could have happened but nothing did.

Here I am again. Groundhog day. It’s Tuesday. There’s a big debate tomorrow.

Tommy Sheppard
31 January 2019
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Tuesday. Another day spent discussing Brexit. Another day of my life I’m not getting back.

We are no further forward. As the clock ticks down to exit it’s only fair to ask: What the hell is Theresa May playing at?