Tommy Sheppard

MP for Edinburgh East

December Newsletter - Constituency Business

December Newsletter - Constituency Business

We handed in our petition to the TSB branch on Niddrie Mains Road a week before it was due to close. Sadly, despite vocal protests from local residents and our petition having nearly 1000 signatures, it did close. The situation has been made worse by the Post Office closing a couple of weeks earlier. There will undoubtedly be an impact on residents who find it difficult, for a variety of reasons, to travel that bit further. This week I wrote to the bosses at TSB and at the Post Office. I asked the bank to provide some pop-up banking services and I asked the Post Office to hurry up and find a new postmaster. We will keep asking until services to the area are improved.

I enjoyed my visit to the Red Café this month at Castlebrae High. It is a great way for the pupils involved to learn practical skills in a real life context and I was able to have a hearty, wholesome meal and catch up on the latest school news. The lemon syllabub was particularly delicious. Particular thanks to Wojciech, Karolina, Brandon, Eric and Cameron – they are a real asset to the school.

Easter Road was a hive of activity at an event for Employers in Edinburgh to support them to become Disability Confident. On the day there was a wide range of support agencies available to help employers with employing, recruiting, and retaining staff who may have, or develop a health issue or disability. And I got to have my photo taken with the Scottish Cup as Leeanne Dempster (Chief Executive of HIbs) signed the club up to be Disability Confident. Find out more about the scheme here.

I was invited to take part in a cross party (and no party) Stand Up to Racism event at Edinburgh University.  Many are feeling that following Brexit and the election of Trump, acts of hate and racism in particular, appear to be being given some legitimacy. We all need to challenge racism, in all its guises, and be clear that it is not welcome in our communities. 

Today I am launching my Christmas gift appeal. If you'd like to help we are seeking gifts for children of all ages and for adults who won't otherwise get a present. This year donations are going to the Edinburgh East foodbank centre.  Unwrapped gifts can be donated at my constituency office (94 Portobello High Street) or my Craigmillar hub (18 Niddrie mains Rd) by 20th Dec

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