Tommy Sheppard

MP for Edinburgh East

January Newsletter - Constituency

January Newsletter - Constituency

I held my street surgery in Newcraighall this month. Loads of folk got in contact so it was a busy afternoon. I got some great feedback on the important issues for the local area and was able to offer help with some specific issues. These are a regular occurrence  - I'm doing one a month in a different area. It might take a while to get round all 40,000 doors but do look out for a letter coming through your door.

 

Two planning applications for the Meadowbank Stadium site have been published. Have a look and submit your views. You can see the plans here and here.

You may also be interested to know that the Craigentinny Meadowbank Community Council is back up and running. If you live in the area please do get involved - issues like the Meadowbank redevelopment are high on their agenda. 

 

 2017 wasn't the greatest of years and 2018 isn't looking that much better - My Evening News article this month was on the year ahead. The headline May faces Tory civil war if UK becomes ‘EU colony’  should give you some idea of what it's about.

 

 I visited the British Heart Foundation shop in Nicolson Street to learn more about the fantastic work they do. Thanks to Anna and Pauline for letting me see behind the scenes!

They're always looking for volunteers so if you're able to help please pop into your local shop.

Or perhaps you can help them with their world record attempt for the longest chain of paper hearts?
All you need to do is:

- Buy a £2 World Record Love Note
- Write a message to share the love for family, friends or or even a pet.
- Hand the note back in.

 

 I had a great morning at Hermitage Park PS - I joined Ms Little and her P7s to learn about budgeting with Kick Start Money and Andy from MyBnk. I really enjoy visiting schools and am always impressed with the pupils' attitudes and knowledge.

 

 I know I wasn't the only one doing dry January this year but it's really important to think about our drinking habits all year round. I popped into Asda at the Jewel to visit the Drinkaware stand. They provide really useful advice on how we can all make better choices about our alcohol use. Find out more at www.drinkaware.co.uk

I also caught up with Cameron, their Community Champion, about how local organisations can benefit from the Asda Foundation.

 

 Real pleasure to meet the crack team at Street Assist Edinburgh last weekend and go out on patrol to see the valuable work they do backing up our emergency service. Impressive energy and dedication from volunteers who helped more than 1300 people last year.

 

 I really enjoyed my visit to Northfield and Willowbrae Community Centre earlier in the month where I had my first go at bowling. Thanks to Irene and the gang for teaching me the ropes - beginners luck meant I even manged to hit the jack!

 

 Henry and I visited the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home to discuss the campaign to ban electronic shock collars with Howard. I'm absolutely delighted to have their support for the campaign - You can sign the petition at the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home reception at Seafield.

January Newsletter - Westminster
Westminster Hall Debate on Fireworks

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Tommy Sheppard
04 February 2018
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You may be aware that last week the Scottish Government implemented an effective ban on electronic shock collars for dogs. These are barbaric devices that have no place in the training of dogs. I congratulate Ben Macpherson MSP on his campaign to get this action. However, the Scottish Government have one hand tied behind their back as powers over the sale of such devices is reserved to Westminster...
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29 January 2018
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Given the numerous, and pretty serious, incidents in Edinburgh East on Bonfire Night I was very happy to take part in the Westminster Hall debate on an e-petition relating to fireworks. Here's a few clips from the speech.

Fireworks Debate - 29th Jan 18

 

Roz Currie
26 January 2018
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Press Release - Friday 26th JanuarySNP politicians are calling on the Tory government at Westminster to use its reserved powers to ban the sale of electronic shock collars across the UK.   Leading animal welfare groups united this week to praise the SNP Scottish Government’s decision to use its devolved powers to introduce a “prompt and effective” ban on the use of shock collars and other forms of...
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Here's my speech at the Council of Europe urgent debate on Palestine. Trump's recent actions have made America's role as a mediator untenable. It now falls to Europe to step up to find a solution for Israel and Palestine.

 

Tommy Sheppard
18 January 2018
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This week Parliament was back debating the EU Withdrawal Bill as it entered the Report stage in the House of Commons. Before I update you on those debates, I want to let you know about a report the Scottish Government have published.On Monday the Scottish Government released its second paper on the potential implications of Brexit on Scotland and the options available to us.  Scotland’s Place in E...