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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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Netanyahu State Visit

Netanyahu State Visit

David Cameron's state visit for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not sit well with a number of the SNP group.  Several of us attended a protest outside Downing Street organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

I spoke to the Jerusalem Post about my views.

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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.

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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.

Catch up on the iplayer

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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?!

Listen to the story on World at One 

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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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Guest — John Daly
Well done Tommy. Do any figures exist for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?
Monday, 07 December 2015 17:07
Guest — PB
Hopefully through effective and persistent questioning the SNP can keep highlighting this issue and make a difference.
Monday, 07 December 2015 17:49
Guest — jackie cairns
It really winds me up when no one raises this with anyone in the house of commons, There more interested in Jeremy Corbyn What he'... Read More
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 00:32
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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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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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Tommy's Blog Articles

Tommy Sheppard
03 January 2020
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Is it just me or does last month’s election already seem a long time ago? That last week in parliament was a pretty turgid affair. Self-congratulation by the tea-room Tories was matched by remorse and recrimination as Labour losers cleared lockers and desks. And then it was Christmas. There was no settling of the dust, no clarity on what the election results actually meant.That starts now. Not for...
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...