Tommy Sheppard | MP for Edinburgh East

For Immediate Release: Tuesday 13 July 2021 SNP SLAM CABINET OFFICE FOR APPEALING SECRET UNION POLLING The SNP has slammed the UK government’s decision to appeal a ruling which would see them disclose information about secret polling conducted on public attitudes to the Union during the pandemic. The First-tier Tribunal (General Regulatory Chamber) Information Rights … Read more

50 years on and the #MisuseofDrugsAct is not fit for purpose. Watch my full speech from the House of Commons debate on the Act here:

For immediate release: Tuesday 15th June 2021 UK GOVERNMENT ORDERED TO RELEASE SECRET UNION POLLING FREEDOM OF INFORMATION TRIBUNAL UPHOLDS SNP MP’s APPEAL The Cabinet Office has been ordered to disclose information about polling on public attitudes to the Union following a two-year battle led by SNP MP Tommy Sheppard. The party’s Constitutional Affairs Spokesperson … Read more

Three mins is not enough time but here’s my contribution from today’s Israel/Palestine debate. The real tragedy is that this violence will happen again and will keep happening until the root cause is addressed. And you cannot have a two-state solution without recognising both states.

Parliamentary Business I have been inundated this month with emails about the ongoing situation in Palestine and Israel. Regular readers will know that I have long been an advocate for the Palestinian people and am Vice-Chair of the Britain-Palestine All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG). The escalation of tensions and loss of life in recent weeks … Read more

This week I published my 2021 report into the Scottish Lords. The report – titled “Their Scottish Lordships” highlights just how unrepresentative the Scottish member of the Lords are, the widening democratic deficit and the extortionate cost to the public purse. In its findings the report reveals: A breakdown of party numbers: The Tory party has … Read more

Parliamentary Business Regular readers will know that I have been campaigning for the reform of our drug laws for the past few years. This month I published my Private Members’ Bill on this topic. Sadly, this isn’t going to become law unless the UK government has a significant change of heart but, I hope that by … Read more

Today I published my Private Members’ Bill to enact the recommendations of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee inquiry into problem drug use. Today’s publication outlines the legislative details of a series of reforms including decriminalising possession of small amounts of restricted drugs for personal use and ensuring that overdose prevention facilities – also known as … Read more

I opened today’s Commons debate for the Scottish National Party (SNP) on Scotland’s constitutional future. Scotland’s future is for the people of Scotland to decide. Watch my speech below:

The recovery of Edinburgh’s festivals from Covid-19 may take years, not months. In today’s debate I called for support with insurance, recovery funding & fixing the gaps in employment support. Watch my full speech: