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Some published articles and blog posts from Tommy Sheppard MP

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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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: 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"

Read the full article in the National

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Welfare

Welfare

People are literally dying because Osborne is a career failure

Watch Tommy's interview with RT - 16th October 2015

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Meet your new Scottish MPs:Tommy Sheppard

One of the more pleasing aspects of the new intake of SNP MPs at Westminster is that so many of them come from varied backgrounds, and nearly all of them have had a career or life outside of politics as well as some experience of public service.

Tommy Sheppard is an ideal example of a new politically aware member with a hinterland. The Northern Ireland-born graduate of Aberdeen University is the founder of The Stand comedy club chain, which is also now in its fourth year of running one of the largest operations of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He also failed to win TV’s Masterchef in 1996, though he was a Scottish area finalist.

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The real disaster is not full fiscal independence but Tory control of our economy

Tommy Sheppard has been misquoted three times in two parliaments in one week. Here he sets the record straight...

Having been misquoted by the Prime Minister and the opposition front bench on the same day I’m not sure whether to feel victimised or honoured. So let me start by being very clear. I fully support devolving all control over raising and spending public finances to Scotland. Full fiscal autonomy (FFA), as some call it, would allow Scotland’s government to operate like most other devolved legislatures in the modern world.

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'You haven’t just changed job, you’ve changed life’

'You haven’t just changed job, you’ve changed life’

Tommy Sheppard is used to being busy in July. There are always acts to book, venues to prepare, tickets to sell. Sheppard still bears traces of his life as impresario at the Stand Comedy Club – polka dot tie, unkempt thatch of spiky hair – but nowadays it is the business of Parliament, not the upcoming Edinburgh Fringe, that has him run ragged.

Read the full article in the National

 
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New MPs get used to Westminster life

New MPs get used to Westminster life

One was a finalist on MasterChef, another is a breast cancer nurse and a third has done three tours of duty in Afghanistan.

The six new MPs the BBC have been following over the past two months have come from all walks of life and their reflections on life at Westminster have been fascinating...

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The SNP 56: a breath of fresh air… ?

The SNP 56: a breath of fresh air… ?

Because, of course, Westminster, and everything it stands for, is essentially their worst nightmare. And yet here they are now, part of it. What’s it like, I ask Tommy Sheppard, the new member for Edinburgh East, being in the belly of the beast?

Read the full article on the SNP 56 in the Observer

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Top 10 most ridiculous things about Westminster

Top 10 most ridiculous things about Westminster

Tommy Sheppard, the Scottish National party MP for Edinburgh East, devoted his speech at the party’s conference in Aberdeen to poking fun at the customs and practices of the Palace of Westminster.

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Tommy's Blog Articles

Tommy Sheppard
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?

Tommy Sheppard
08 July 2019
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Democracy means the right to change your mind. Collectively, people can decide to do something, and if it doesn't work, or they don't like it, they can do something else. That much shouldn't be in doubt for the left - or any democrat. There's no argument in principle against having a second referendum - on anything - if that is what people want.Then again, you can't go changing your mind every wee...
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...