I try to get back to Edinburgh by Thursday night so you’ll find me in the office or at meetings around the constituency on Fridays and over the weekend.

I am lucky to have a huge number of brilliant local organisations in my patch who I visit as often as possible.

As an MP one of the most rewarding part of the job is working with the many amazing communities across Edinburgh East, supporting local campaigns, and meeting people in organisations, community groups, businesses, social services and agencies who work within the constituency.

I aim to be approachable and accessible to constituents so that I get a feel for what’s going on and what the issues are, and to ensure people feel they can come to me about anything I might be able to help with.

I hold regular advice surgeries and do as much as I can to link in and make sure we are working effectively with all the local advice services who operate in Edinburgh East.

I am now holding monthly ‘street surgeries’ where I write out to a number of streets to let them know when I will be in their area. I can then pop in to see anyone who would like a visit. Look out for a letter in the post – although it will take me a while to get round the whole of Edinburgh East.

My Work For You in Edinburgh East

Tommy Sheppard
03 September 2018
My work for you in Edinburgh East
As you may be aware, I love August. I get to sleep in my own bed every night, get out and about in the constituency and take in some of the Fringe highlights. As the MP for around 80% of Fringe venues I do feel I have a role to play in looking at how the city can benefit most from the summer Festivals.  I used my August column in the Edinburgh Evening News to do just that – you can read it here.I ...
Tommy Sheppard
06 August 2018
My work for you in Edinburgh East
The benefit of being the MP for Edinburgh's seaside is that when the sun came out, I got to take the team (or at least those who work on a Friday) for a wee post work treat. Nothing better than finishing the week with an in ice-cream on the beach!It was great to attend the opening celebration for The Edinburgh Tool Library which is now resident on the ground floor of Tribe Porty on Windsor Place. ...
Tommy Sheppard
02 July 2018
My work for you in Edinburgh East
It was great to be able to celebrate the re-opening of Bellfield at their family open day. Congrats to the team at Action Porty for all their hard work in achieving such the community buy out and for creating such a fantastic resource for the area. As you may be aware, I've taken a serious interest in short term lets and the impact they are having across the constituency. This month I met with Cou...
Tommy Sheppard
02 April 2018
My work for you in Edinburgh East
There was an amazing turnout for Leith Chooses this year. It's a fantastic opportunity for folk in Leith to have a say in what funds are spent on, and what local groups get support.It was great to be able to join the Commonwealth Day Lunch at Edinburgh City Chambers to celebrate the links between Scotland and Malawi.I had a fascinating visit to Virgin Trains East Coast depot at Craigentinny - the ...
Tommy Sheppard
23 March 2018
My work for you in Edinburgh East
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Recently I visited the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh where I met the inspiring Resuscitation Research Group who are developing innovative approaches to improving the outcomes for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests.The group told me that every year in Scotland more than three and a half thousand people suffer a cardiac arrest, and unfortunately survival rates are very low at just one in twenty.Their me...