Deidre Brock has already been an MP for two years, and she is very determined to get back to work in London on behalf of the consituents and the wider Scottish population.
We met her on The Shore in Leith, although the constituency reaches far flung places along the coast!
Here is one of the useful maps provided by The City of Edinburgh Council. You can watch this interview below.
When we asked her why she wanted to be the MP for Edinburgh North and Leith she explained : “I think it is really important that Edinburgh North and Leith has a strong MP who is really standing up for the constituency’s interests down in Westminster.
“We’ve worked really, really hard in our office. I have a wonderful team who are doing tremendous things for people. We have helped thousands of folk, our constituents particularly with DWP and Home Office issues as a result of Tory policies.”
As for the local issues which have mattered and which she has been a part of sorting out Deidre was most complimentary to her SNP colleague Ben Macpherson MSP and said they work together well as a local team.
“I suppose the Lorne Housing Residents Group was a source of particular pride. I worked with the local MSP Ben Macpherson and we approached the Housing Minister who really helped with those discussions. Finally they were able to come to a satisfactory conclusion for residents and I am really proud of that.
“I am proud of the work that we are doing to improve housing for the areas, working again with Ben on improvements in some of the high rise housing blocks here.
“The council I think needed a little bit of a push to try and get that work done. That all seems to be coming into place well.
“I have a background as Culture Convener at the council for five years. I worked on the refurbishment of the Assembly Rooms, the creation of the Saughton Park skate park and all sorts of things then. I have continued to support cultural activities in this area, such as the fabulous Custom House which is just springing into life. It is again a legacy from when I was on the council. Seeing this flourish is really an exciting thing. It is great for Leith and long may it continue!
“Lets not forget there are other parts of the constituency like Inverleith Granton and Pilton which I love visiting. There is a great sense of community down there. It is a wonderful constituency. I have been so proud of being MP for this area and I would like to continue with my team on the work we have been doing and continue to build on it.”