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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