Tommy Sheppard

MP for Edinburgh East

June News - Constituency

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Thanks to Headteacher Norma Prentice and her team for making me welcome at Castlebrae Community High School's Award Ceremony this month. Well done to School Dux - Alex Husain, to Proxime Accessit - Manon Muarage and to all the prize winners.

Next year more new students will join the school in S1 than there were on the entire school roll 5 years ago. And work on the new school building is due to start by the end of the year. Congratulations to all involved.

June is always a busy month for summer fairs and gala days and this year was no exception, despite some less than summery weather. Pictured above are Joanne and Polly at Towerbank PS - the waffles were definitely worth breaking the diet for. And Ben, June and Natasha at Prestonfield PS where I enjoyed the international food (yes, food again) and managed to pick up a Paw Patrol clock for my grandson. Thanks all.

I'm very lucky to be the MP for lots of Edinburgh's theatres and this month I made visits to two of them. Thanks to the team at Capital Theatres for taking the time to show me behind the scenes at the Festival Theatre and have a chat about their upcoming performances, outreach work and culture in the capital generally. And it was great to catch up with the team at the Traverse Theatre where to Linda and Gareth talked me through current projects and plans for the future. Lots of great stuff going on so well worth getting yourself to one of their upcoming shows.

I was sorry to miss Edinburgh's Annual Taxi outing for kids while I was in Westminster.  But I enjoyed seeing my team got their yearly soaking! Great work by all involved. 

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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?

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...