Tommy Sheppard

MP for Edinburgh East

June News - Westminster

June-19---drugs

June was a strange month. As busy as ever but with nothing happening. It seems like much is on hold while the Tory party decide who our next master is. But here are some of the things I was up to last month. 

When the EU extended our exit date to the 31st October, the message was clear: do not waste this time. Yet wasting time seems to be the aim of the game in Westminster until we know the outcome of the Tory leadership contest. There was one attempt to take control of the business of the House this month to prevent a no-deal with a Labour motion. However, once again the Labour party failed to organise itself and the despite all 35 SNP MPs voting for it, the motion was defeated 298-309.

Parliament wasn't sitting the week after the European elections, so when we returned at the start of the month, we began with an Urgent Question. It was an outrage that many of our EU friends and neighbours weren't able to exercise their right to vote in that election. And their response to this demonstrated yet again the UK government's contempt for the rights of EU citizens who have made their home here. Watch my exchange with the Minister here.   

During the Urgent Question, the Minister told me he'd sought official advice. The following day we had Cabinet Office questions where he failed to answer my question on whether he'd publish that advice. Thousands of our European neighbours and friends weren't able to vote in the EU elections so this simply isn't good enough. I'm not letting it drop and have written to the Cabinet Office to press the matter further.   

The Scottish Affairs inquiry into problematic drug use continues. This month we took evidence from a range of experts in the field including Dr John Budd from the Access Practice here in Edinburgh. I took the opportunity this month to write my Edinburgh Evening News column about what we've learnt so far and really trying to bust some of the myths out there on drug use. You can read it here. I also had a piece in the Daily Record on how drug consumption rooms have made an impact in Canada - read it here

It was good to catch up with Malcolm, David and the team at the Postcode Lottery and support their campaign to raise charity lottery limits. And on the day when the government moved - not far enough - on climate change, I caught up with Scottish Power Renewables and Scottish Renewables to discuss future plans.

The reality is that David Mundell will probably get the chop from Boris Johnson. And MPs are calling for the abolition of his department. Either way his days are numbered but I still tried to get an answer out of him at Scottish Questions

There was a lot of support for the Guide Dogs event at Westminster. I was very pleased to back their Access All Areas campaign to make sure guide dogs are accepted everywhere. And it was lovely to meet Shona from Porty and her assistant Woody to talk about how things can be made better. 

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe also took place this month. I spoke in the debate on the Istanbul Convention. It's a source of embarrassment that the UK government still has not ratified it. Watch my full speech here

 

 

 

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