Deidre Leanne Brock (born 23 November 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.
|SNP Scottish Parliament Spokeswoman|
|Assumed office |
20 May 2015
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Member of Parliament|
for Edinburgh North and Leith
|Assumed office |
7 May 2015
|Preceded by||Mark Lazarowicz|
Deidre Leanne Brock
23 November 1961
|Political party||Scottish National Party|
|Alma mater||Curtin University|
Western Australian Academy
of Performing Arts
Brock was born in Western Australia and grew up in Perth. Her father immigrated from England in his teens. Hence, she is a dual British and Australian national. She studied English at Curtin University and graduated with a BA, then studied acting at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. 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.
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.
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 and a majority of 9.6%. Brock was one of several SNP MPs who took their parliamentary oaths in both Gaelic and English. She was re-elected MP for the same constituency in 2017 with 19,243 votes (34% share) and a 1,625 (2.9%) vote majority over the second placed Labour candidate. Brock was elected in the 2019 general election, greatly increasing her majority by over 10,000 votes to 12,808 (21.6%) and receiving 25,925 votes in total giving a vote share of 43.7% - her highest in the seat to date.
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.
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- profile on SNP website
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Deidre Brock on Twitter
- Deidre Brock on IMDb
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament
for Edinburgh North and Leith