It’s been an honour to serve as MP for Edinburgh East since 2010.

During that time I’ve helped over 6,000 people with problems like tax credits and pensions, and replied to nearly 10,000 emails, letters and phone calls about issues from phone hacking to arms sales.

I’ve also got behind community campaigns like those to save Castlebrae High School, stop a biomass power station being built in Leith, and prevent an oversupply of student accommodation in the Southside.

Last September’s referendum showed that many in Scotland – both Yes and No voters – want to see a fairer and more equal society. At the election on the 7th of May, people have a chance to elect a Labour Government that will make the changes people want to see. We would:

  • Increase the minimum wage to at least £8 per hour by 2020
  • Ban exploitative zero-hours contracts
  • Tax bankers to fund guaranteed jobs for under 25s out of work for a year
  • Levy a Mansion Tax to help pay for 1,000 extra nurses in Scotland’s NHS
  • Tax earnings over £150,000 to 50p in the pound to pay down the deficit
  • Abolish the Bedroom Tax
  • Decarbonise our electricity supply by 2030 to stop climate change
  • Spend 0.7 per cent of national income on international development
  • Remain in the European Union to protect jobs
  • Retain the Human Rights Act
  • Allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in all elections

And following the work of the Smith Commission, significant further powers will be devolved to the Scottish Parliament. Scottish Labour have already pledged to use these powers to:

  • Freeze fracking in Scotland
  • Bring Scotrail back into public ownership
  • Pass on job creation powers to local councils

I hope I can count on your support.
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We're backing Sheila - Noble Leisure owner Mark Noble
'Sheila understands and appreciates the importance of Portobello Beach both as a vibrant community to live within and as a tourist destination. During the past five years Sheila has raised our concerns over national policies with various Government departments promptly and efficiently - you can ask no more of your local Member of Parliament.'
We're backing Sheila - Rea from the Southside
'As an engaged constituent, I regularly contact Sheila about issues that concern me and she always provides prompt and considered replies. For example when I wrote to her about the impact of a new EU-US trade deal, Sheila said she would campaign to ensure that public services like the NHS are protected.'
We're backing Sheila - Mr and Mrs Batten from Coillesdene
'A few years ago we started having difficulty using our kitchen and bathroom. We initially struggled to get any help from the council, but when we got in touch with Sheila, she worked tirelessly to ensure adaptations were fitted. We were very pleased with the results, and would encourage people to vote for Sheila so she can continue to help pensioners and other people in need.'
We're backing Sheila - Colin from Portobello
'Labour have always been the party of social justice, and a majority Labour Government in 2015 would take bold steps like guaranteeing jobs for young people and decarbonising our electricity supply to tackle climate change. But this will only be possible if MPs like Sheila hold their seats in Scotland - a vote for any other party could let the Tories in the back door.'
We're backing Sheila - Southside Hairdresser Denise
'Sheila is a people's person and has always done the things we have asked, like speaking up against the deluge of planning applications for student accommodation in the Southside. She knows that for our area to thrive, we need to keep the right balance between young people, families and pensioners, and I hope we'll continue to have her as our MP after the coming election.'
We're backing Sheila - Patricia from Joppa
'I applied for Employment and Support Allowance when I was ill and unable to work. The assessment was stressful and even when my claim was accepted, JobCentre Plus mismanaged my payments. I wrote to Sheila and she helped me secure the benefits I was due. I'm now back in work but it's great to know she is working hard in parliament to stop others going through the same thing.'
We're backing Sheila - Gavin Strang, Edinburgh East MP 1970-2010
'I've been pleased to see Sheila campaign on many of the issues I focused on during my 40 years as MP. For example she has consistently spoken up for people in low paid work, and I was pleased to see Labour pledge to tackle the abuse of zero hours contracts and raise the minimum wage. I'd strongly encourage people to vote Sheila back in at the election in May.'


About this site

All my posts since May 2010 are available on the Blog section of this website, including press releases and articles, replies to constituents on important issues, and my monthly newsletters. You can find posts on a particular issue or from a specific time period by using the category and archive filters. My most recent posts are also available below.

The Campaigns section contains information on the issues I’ve campaigned on the most since my election – Employment and Support Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, the Work Programme and the East Coast privatisation.

The Newsletter section contains my most recent monthly update; you can find out more about me and the constituency in the About section; and for details on getting in touch, my monthly surgeries and visiting Westminster, see the Contact section.

Get in touch

Email sheila.gilmore.mp@parliament.uk | Call 0131 661 7522 | Write to 84 Niddrie Mains Road, Edinburgh, EH16 4DT

Constituency office at 84 Niddrie Mains Road, Edinburgh, EH16 4DT open 10am-4.30pm, Monday to Thursday

Monthly surgeries on the second Friday of each month – no appointment needed:

  • Central Library, George IV Bridge, 10-11am, Buses: 2, 41, 42, 45, 67.
  • Restalrig Lochend Hub, 198 Restalrig Road, 11.30am-12.30pm, Buses: 19, 21, 25, 34, 49.
  • Portobello Library, Off Portobello High Street, 2-3pm, Buses: 15, 21, 26, 42, 49, 69.

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Get involved

My supporters and I go out several times a week to knock on people’s doors and speak to them about the issues they’re concerned about and the upcoming election.

We’re always looking for more volunteers so even if you’ve never done anything like this before, please get in touch – we can pair you up with experienced campaigners until you get the hang of things. We also run a weekly session where we telephone voters.

Alternatively we’re always looking for people to deliver leaflets and direct mails – again please just drop us a line!

To compliment this I need to fund things like leaflets, newspapers and direct mails for delivery across the constituency. For this we need donations:

  • £20 buys 36 second class stamps for direct mails to constituents OR
  • £20 buys 500 ‘I’m voting Sheila Gilmore’ A4 posters
  • £50 buys 1700 election address leaflets
  • £100 buys 3,500 tabloid ‘Labour Today’ newspapers

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Recent Posts

Press release: Sheila Gilmore MP calls on council to investigate banning legal highs

Scottish Labour MP Sheila Gilmore has today called on Edinburgh Council to investigate banning the use of so-called ‘legal highs’ in public spaces. This follows the decision to introduce a ban in Lincoln, the first place in the UK to take such a measure.

Legal Highs ShopSheila Gilmore said:

Today I’m calling for the council to follow Lincoln’s lead and investigate introducing a ban on the use of legal highs in public spaces.

The use of legal highs is spreading in Edinburgh, with specialist shops opening up initially in the Southside and now on Easter Road.

Not only do these drugs cause considerable harm to users – they also lead to a rise in antisocial behaviour on the city’s streets.

While banning legal highs in public spaces is only one of a number of options that need to be looked at, I believe it could be an important measure in discouraging their use.

In her letter to Council leader Andrew Burns, Sheila Gilmore said:

I am deeply concerned about recent reports that the consumption of legal highs is growing significantly in the city. In the Southside the number of shops selling legal highs has increased, with residents reporting that users have been queuing up outside these outlets before nine o’clock in the morning. It now seems that they are spreading further across the city, with a shop selling legal highs recently opening up on Easter Road.

In a recent report commissioned by the council, it was revealed that six people died in Edinburgh between January and October 2014 as a consequence of taking legal highs. The report also stated that there has been a ‘rapid increase’ in the use of these drugs. This has resulted in a rise in infections from needles, and health experts have warned that users could experience long term mental health problems. Police have also reported a growth in violent and antisocial behaviour on Edinburgh’s streets from users of legal highs.

I was interested to see that Lincoln City Council recently voted to ban the use of legal highs in public spaces. Whilst this is only one of a number of regulatory options that need to be looked at, I believe that this could be an important measure in discouraging their use and reducing levels of antisocial behaviour.


Notes to Editors:

  1. Press release: Sheila Gilmore MP slams ideological East Coast privatisation Comments Off
  2. Press release: Sheila Gilmore MP pledges to become arthritis champion for Edinburgh East Comments Off
  3. January 2015 Newsletter Comments Off
  4. Evening News column: Start debate on disability benefits Comments Off