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Tommy Sheppard

Tommy Sheppard is a Scottish National Party (SNP) candidate in Edinburgh East and Musselburgh constituency in the UK Parliamentary general election.

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Born and bred on the north coast of Ireland, Tommy went to Aberdeen University to study medicine in 1977.

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He graduated in 1982 with a degree in sociology and politics. He set off for London having been elected Vice-President of the NUS, intending to stay for a year. He stayed for eleven, working in PR and campaigns along the way. He was elected to Hackney Council in 1986 and became deputy leader four years later.In 1993 he returned to Scotland and was appointed Assistant General Secretary of the Labour Party under John Smith. Three years later Tony Blair asked him to leave. He started the Stand Comedy Club as a hobby in 1995 and in 1998 turned it into a business. It is now a successful institution with venues in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle. It is also one of the largest venues on the Edinburgh Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival.Tommy was very active in the Yes campaign in the two years running up to the referendum. He ran the local group in south Edinburgh and helped nationally too – he organised the Night for Scotland event at the Usher hall four days before the vote.He lives in Musselburgh with his partner Kate and dogs Hector and Alfie.

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Tommy Sheppard is a Scottish National Party (SNP) politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Edinburgh East since May 2015. He has been SNP Spokesperson for Scotland since 2023. He is a former SNP spokesperson for the Cabinet Office and a former SNP Shadow Leader of the House of Commons. He is also known for founding The Stand Comedy Clubs in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Tommy Sheppard's elections

Date Election Party Results Position
2024 Edinburgh East and Musselburgh: UK Parliamentary general election Scottish National Party (SNP) (Results due after 04 July 2024) Position not available
2019 Edinburgh East: UK Parliamentary general election Scottish National Party (SNP) 23,165 votes (elected) 1st / 5 candidates
2017 Edinburgh East: UK Parliamentary general election Scottish National Party (SNP) 18,509 votes (elected) 1st / 4 candidates
2015 Edinburgh East: UK Parliamentary general election Scottish National Party (SNP) 23,188 votes (elected) 1st / 7 candidates
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