Tommy Sheppard | MP for Edinburgh East

Constituency Business

I hope this finds you safe and well as we look forward to a different festive season. I know that for many, the end of 2020 can’t come soon enough and with the positive news about a vaccine having been approved this morning, I’m hopeful that 2021 will be better for us all.  Below is some information about the constituency work I’ve been involved in during November. As ever, please do get in touch if you have any questions or I can be of assistance.

It was great to join the Great to join 9th City of Edinburgh Guides this month to help them gain their Influence Stage 4 badge and the UK Parliament Week 2020 challenge badge. A really good Q&A session too and it’s great to see them using technology to meet virtually.

 

 

 

 

It was also good to catch up with a very well attended Southside Community Council.  It’s positive to see that local democracy can still flourish in these strange times with the use of Zoom.

 

 

It was great to catch up with John (Chief Executive) and Hermione (Scientific & Learning Director) at Dynamic Earth earlier in the month. Thanks to Scottish government funding they are now secure until the end of March are working on a recovery plan for next year. Their schools and education work has moved online but they’re open at weekends for you to visit. Find out more here.

It was a pleasure to meet Ellen, the President of Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA) to find out how city students are coping with Covid-19 academic and social restrictions. Mass Covid-19 testing of students is now underway to allow them to return home. If you are an Edinburgh Uni student, book your test here.It was a pleasure to meet Ellen, the President of Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA) to find out how city students are coping with Covid-19 academic and social restrictions. Mass Covid-19 testing of students is now underway to allow them to return home. If you are an Edinburgh Uni student, book your test here.

It was a pleasure to meet Ellen, the President of Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA) to find out how city students are coping with Covid-19 academic and social restrictions. Mass Covid-19 testing of students is now underway to allow them to return home. If you are an Edinburgh Uni student, book your test here.It was a pleasure to meet Ellen, the President of Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA) to find out how city students are coping with Covid-19 academic and social restrictions. Mass Covid-19 testing of students is now underway to allow them to return home. If you are an Edinburgh Uni student, book your test here.

Restaurants across the city are facing a really tough time. I’ve heard from and talked to many about the challenges they face as a result of Covid-19 restrictions. This month I caught up with Mark and Fraser from Angels with Bagpipes – one of many restaurants determined to get through this pandemic and offering home deliveries.

I had a very interesting meeting with Anna Stamp and David Ridd from Edinburgh Bioquarter (next to the Royal Infirmary) on ambitious plans to ensure that our city’s health science innovation hub expands to become a global centre of excellence over the next few years.

It was good to catch up with Emma and team from Crew 2000. Their drop in is now open again to bolster online counselling which they’ve ran all through pandemic.

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