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Tommy Sheppard’s voting in Parliament
Tommy Sheppard is a Scottish National Party MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Scottish National Party MPs.
This is a selection of Tommy Sheppard’s votes.
Voted for a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes
1 vote for, 0 votes against, in 2016
Generally voted for a more proportional system for electing MPs Show votes
2 votes for, 0 votes against, 1 absence, between 2015–2020
Almost always voted for more EU integration Show votes
62 votes for, 6 votes against, 15 absences, between 2017–2020
Voted against an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency Show votes
0 votes for, 1 vote against, 1 absence, between 2016–2020
Voted against fewer MPs in the House of Commons Show votes
0 votes for, 1 vote against, 2 absences, between 2016–2020
Consistently voted against a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU Show votes
0 votes for, 4 votes against, between 2015–2016
Last updated: 29 Sep 2020.
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I ask again: can we have a proper debate in which Members discuss and decide, on a free vote, the nature and extent of virtual participation in the proceedings of this Parliament while the pandemic lasts? The procedural shenanigans displayed by the Government on Tuesday, when they engineered call lists to conjure up a debate where none had been planned, were an affront to democracy. The...
I also welcome this report and commend the Chair and her colleagues on the work they have done and are continuing to do on this matter. As she rightly observes, for these proposals to be implemented, they will require the acquiescence, if not the support, of the Government of the day and the Leader of the House. He remains firm in his conviction that unless Members are physically present in...
The Leader of the House confuses matters with references to MPs as key workers. Of course our democracy cannot be compromised by covid. Members must represent their constituents and hold the Government to account, but we do not need to be in this place to do that. His continual references to “coming to work” show that he does not understand the distinction between work and place of work....
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Scottish National Party MP for Edinburgh East
Entered the House of Commons on 8 May 2015 — General election
Topics of interest
Tommy Sheppard campaigned to remain in the European Union
- Cabinet Office
- Foreign and Commonwealth Office
- Home Office
- Department for Work and Pensions
- Refugees: Children
- Hillsborough Castle
- 11 Downing Street: Repairs and Maintenance
- Members: Correspondence
- Fort Kinnaird: Sales
Currently held offices
- Member, Finance Committee (Commons) (since 9 Mar 2020)
- Shadow SNP Leader of the House of Commons (since 7 Jan 2020)
Other offices held in the past
- Member, Scottish Affairs Committee (11 Sep 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
- Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Scotland) (20 Jun 2017 to 7 Jan 2020)
- Shadow SNP Spokesperson (House of Lords) (20 Jun 2017 to 7 Jan 2020)
- Member, Committee of Privileges (28 Oct 2015 to 3 May 2017)
- Member, Committee on Standards (9 Sep 2015 to 3 May 2017)
- Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Cabinet Office) (20 May 2015 to 7 Jan 2020)
Previous MPs in this constituency
Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 23 Nov 2020.
3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK
Name of donor: Centre for Turkey Studies
Address of donor: 2nd Floor, Elizabeth House, 39 York Road, London SE1 7NQ
Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: Two tickets to the British Kebab Awards
, value £432
Date received: 3 March 2020
Date accepted: 3 March 2020
Donor status: company, registration 07512777
(Registered 27 March 2020)
6. Land and property portfolio: (i) value over £100,000 and/or (ii) giving rental income of over £10,000 a year
Commercial premises in Edinburgh, owned by Salt 'n' Sauce promotions Ltd (see category 7 below): (i). (Registered 04 June 2015)
Residential property in Edinburgh, owned by Salt 'n' Sauce promotions Ltd (see category 7 below): (i). (Registered 04 June 2015)
7. (i) Shareholdings: over 15% of issued share capital
Salt 'n' Sauce Promotions Ltd; an entertainment company. (Registered 04 June 2015)
The Scottish Comedy Agency Ltd; organising and promoting comedy related entertainment. (Registered 19 February 2016)
Board Member (unpaid) of Common Weal, a 'think and do tank' campaigning for social and economic equality in Scotland. (Registered 06 September 2017)
From February 2017, Council member (unpaid) of the Scottish Independence Convention
, an umbrella group bringing together pro-independence parties, groups and organisations to promote the concept and ideals of an independent Scotland. (Registered 06 September 2017)
From September 2017, Honorary President
, a charity offering direct mentoring to minority ethnic communities in Edinburgh, the Lothians, Scottish Borders and Fife. (Registered 06 September 2017)
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