I try to get back to Edinburgh most weekends and am using the time at home to get to know the constituency. I am meeting people in organisations, community groups, businesses, social services and agencies around Edinburgh East. 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 approach me about anything I might be able to help with.

Helping constituents

From the moment I was elected, casework from constituents in need has come in by the widest range of means – social media, email, mail, telephone, in person and referred by the previous MP. We're anticipating that under the Tories the welfare and immigration cases will become more numerous and I have two caseworkers in the team, assisting me to help you. 

Broadly speaking I’m generally in Westminster during the week and in Edinburgh at weekends. We've set up a series of surgeries across the constituency. However you can always contact my office directly and my caseworkers will be able to help. 

 

1st Friday of every month - LOCHEND

1pm-2pm

Restalrig Lochend Community Hub: 98 Restalrig Road

 

1st Friday of every month - CRAIGMILLAR

5pm-6pm

Office Hub: 18 Niddrie Mains Road, Craigmillar

 

3rd Friday of every month - CENTRAL (Not March or August)

5pm-6pm

Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Street

 

3rd Saturday of every month - PORTOBELLO (Not March)

11am-12pm

Portobello Library: 14 Rosefield Ave

 

My Work For You in Edinburgh East

Tommy Sheppard
04 April 2017
My work for you in Edinburgh East
Earlier in the month I held a public meeting on the future of Scotland post Brexit with panellists Simon Pia and Nicola McEwan. Thanks to them for joining me and to all those who came along - there was a great turn out and some very useful discussions.  Interestingly, a significant proportion who had voted No in the last Indy ref would now vote Yes or were at least open-minded. Last wee...
Tommy Sheppard
24 March 2017
My work for you in Edinburgh East
Policy
The Scottish Government is in the process of consulting the public on unconventional oil and gas. I would encourage everyone to take part. If you have any concerns about fracking in Scotland then now is the time to voice them. Long before I stood for election I was opposed to fracking so I thought it might be useful to share my answers to the consultation questions. These are my views – no doubt...
Tommy Sheppard
02 March 2017
My work for you in Edinburgh East
I met with RBS at Portobello High Street to raise my concerns about the impact the closure of the branch would have on the local community. The bank have made a commitment to continue to invest in the local community with charitable fundraising for local projects – if you have any ideas let me know and I will pass them on. They are also running sessions to equip those who want to switch ...
Tommy Sheppard
17 February 2017
My work for you in Edinburgh East
Policy
I am a longstanding advocate of the Palestinian people and am vice convenor of the All Party Group on Palestine.  I am very proud to have written the motion and worked with colleagues across the political parties to succeed in having the motion discussed in the main chamber. It is clear that if there is to be a viable two-state solution then the occupation has to end and the settlers will eit...
Tommy Sheppard
06 February 2017
My work for you in Edinburgh East
Planning is always a hot topic of discussion. Baileyfield South is a brownfield site and, given the number of houses required to meet the need in Edinburgh, it's right that it should be used for residential development. But the application seeks to squeeze too many houses into the available space, which would be bad for both the existing neighbours and the future residents. Developers know that pe...