Tommy Sheppard

MP for Edinburgh East

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Full kudos to the school students who were back out on strike this month, making their voices heard on Climate Change. I was pleased to be able to speak at their protest and offer my support. And it was great to hear so many passionate speeches from young activists.

I had a very useful and interesting visit to meet trustees and workers at Edinburgh Central Mosque earlier in the month to discuss both the work they do and the issues they face. 

It was a pleasure to meet Harriet and Bob, volunteers at the Grassmarket foodbank.  They know their work shouldn't be a vital lifeline for so many. Shamefully it is - due to punitive choices made at Westminster. This must change. Donations are always needed - find out more here

I took half an hour out to pop along and give blood. They need a lot more. If you’ve never given please do - it’s easy and you could save a life. Find out more at http://www.scotblood.co.uk  or call 0345 909 0999.

I’m also always keen to help small businesses in the area. One such business is Edinburgh Banners in Craigmillar where it was great to meet Brandon and Sam.

As ever, Edinburgh City Council have a number of open consultations and I just wanted to bring a couple of them to your attention. You may be aware of plans to transform the City Centre to make the city more people friendly. These are very ambitious plans and you can have your say here. There's also a consultation on proposals to introduce a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) to reduce pollution from traffic. Take part here

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