Tommy Sheppard | MP for Edinburgh East

Is it just me or does last month’s election already seem a long time ago? That last week in parliament was a pretty turgid affair. Self-congratulation by the tea-room Tories was matched by remorse and recrimination as Labour losers cleared lockers and desks. And then it was Christmas. There was no settling of the dust, … Read more

  Delegates at the SNP conference voted unanimously to devolve drug laws and support decriminalisation of the possession and use of drugs to allow health interventions. The motion, in the name of myself, Ronnie Cowan MP, Alison Thewliss MP and Newington Southside SNP branch, and an amendment put forward by Leith and Portobello Craigmillar branches. … Read more

We need to change the law on drugs. In fairness, that’s always been my view. But until now I’ve done little about it as an MP. Why? Partly because there’s always been something I’ve felt was a greater priority – and partly because I know well how views can be distorted and used against people … Read more