Deidre Brock

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Deidre Brock

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SNP Scottish Parliament Spokesman
Assumed office
20 May 2015
Preceded byPosition established
Member of Parliament
for Edinburgh North and Leith
Assumed office
8 May 2015
Preceded byMark Lazarowicz
Majority1,625 (2.9%)
Personal details
Deidre Leanne Brock

(1961-12-08) 8 December 1961 (age 57)
Perth, Australia
Political partyScottish National Party
Alma materCurtin University
Western Australian Academy
of Performing Arts
WebsiteOfficial website

Deidre Leanne Brock MP (born 08 December 1961) is an Australian-born Scottish National Party (SNP) politician. She was first elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Edinburgh North and Leith in May 2015 — the first SNP representative to hold the seat at either a Westminster or Scottish Parliament level.[1]

Early life[edit]

Brock was born in Western Australia and grew up in Perth. She studied English at Curtin University and graduated with a BA, then studied acting at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.[2] In 1990, while working as an actor she appeared in an episode of the soap opera Home and Away. She moved to Scotland in 1996 to live with her partner, having met him when she visited the country on holiday a year earlier.[2]

Political career[edit]

Brock worked for Rob Gibson MSP before being elected as a SNP Councillor on the City of Edinburgh Council for the Leith Walk ward in 2007 where she topped the poll with 2,550 first preferences. She was re-elected in the 2012 elections, again topping the poll with 1,735 first preferences, and subsequently became the Deputy Lord Provost of Edinburgh as the SNP and the Scottish Labour Party formed an arrangement to run the Council.[3]

She was elected as MP for Edinburgh North and Leith in 2015 as part of the SNP landslide receiving 23,742 votes (a 40.9% share), defeating the Labour Party MP, Mark Lazarowicz, by 5,597 votes.[4][5] Brock was one of several SNP MPs who took their parliamentary oaths in both Gaelic and English.[6][7] She was re-elected MP for the same constituency in 2017 with 19,243 votes (34% share) and a 1,625 vote majority over second placed Labour candidate Gordon Munro. The third placed Conservative candidate Ian McGill increased his share of the vote by 11% to 15,385 votes.[8]

Brock is currently the Shadow SNP Spokesperson for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. She was previously the Spokesperson for Devolved Government Relations, Northern Ireland and Fair Work and Employment.[9][10]

Other activities[edit]

She has been a board member for the Edinburgh International Festival Council, the Centre for the Moving Image, and Creative Edinburgh.[11][12]


  1. ^ "List of Members returned to Parliament at the General Election 2015 Scotland". The Edinburgh Gazette. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b Hannan, Martin (29 May 2015). "Meet your new Scottish MPs: #15 Deirdre Brock Edinburgh North and Leith". The National. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Deidre Brock". Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Edinburgh North and Leith Parliamentary constituency". BBC. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  5. ^ Tufft, Ben (8 May 2015). "Scottish MPs in Westminster: The full list of the SNP parliamentarians". The Independent. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  6. ^ Glaze, Ben (20 May 2015). "Labour MP calls for abolition of monarchy as he takes Commons oath of allegiance". mirror. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  7. ^ "New SNP MPs swear oath to the crown in Westminster allegiance ceremony". CommonSpace. 20 May 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Edinburgh North & Leith parliamentary constituency - Election 2017". BBC News. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  9. ^ (9 July 2018). "New appointments this week in UK politics, the civil service and public affairs". Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Scottish National Party Spokespersons". UK Parliament. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  11. ^ "An Australian MP in Scotland". Australian Times. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Five SNP MPs to watch". The Independent. Retrieved 2 August 2018.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Mark Lazarowicz
Member of Parliament
for Edinburgh North and Leith