Tommy Sheppard

MP for Edinburgh East

January Newsletter - Constituency

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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.

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