Tommy Sheppard

MP for Edinburgh East
Born in Coleraine, Northern Ireland in 1959, Tommy was educated at a local grammar school and, equipped with the requisite A levels, moved to Scotland to study medicine at Aberdeen University. He graduated with a degree in politics and sociology – the start of a lifelong interest in politics. He returned to Scotland in 1993 and established the Sta...nd Comedy Club in 1995, which he started as a hobby and built into a successful business. Tommy lives in Minto Street with his partner Kate and cocker spaniel Henry. More

Perth and Kinross Hustings - 9th Sept

All 4 candidates have been invited to a hustings organised by Perth and Kinross Constituency Association

WHEN - Friday 9th September - 7.30pm start

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Cumbernauld Hustings - 8th Sept

All 4 candidates have been invited to a hustings organised by Cumbernauld Branch

WHEN - Thursday 8th September - doors at 7.30pm for 8pm start

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London Hustings - 6th Sept

All 4 candidates have been invited to a hustings organised by London Branch

WHEN - Tuesday 6th September - 7.30pm start

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Save Our Bank Campaign starts petition to keep Craigmillar TSB branch open

Save Our Bank Campaign starts petition to keep Craigmillar TSB branch open

A few months ago TSB called to say that they were closing the Craigmillar branch on Niddrie Mains Road. This concerned me a lot. There are branch closures happening all over the country, but in this case it is the only bank in the area. And this is an area that has had its fair share of difficult times over recent years.

Craigmillar has many elderly people and disabled residents. Having to get a bus and walk further will be a real barrier to them being able to access banking services. And as there are no other banks they can't take their custom elsewhere.  But this is also an area which is regenerating itself and has a bright future - not to mention the thousands of new people who will be moving in over the next few years.

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We join parties to change the world

We join parties to change the world

So, I think we can all agree, policy is quite important. We join political parties to change the world. And deciding how it should change can be the most exciting bit. Discussing, thinking, working out how to make things better with others who share the same objectives but may have a different way to get there.

The way we decide policy is crucial to the SNP’s cohesion and strength as a political party. The essence of a democratic process is that it offers a trade-off. In return for being able to argue and maybe win your point of view we each agree to abide by whatever position is eventually agreed by the whole group. People who support a minority position will get behind the majority because there’s been a fair debate on the options. This allows parties, and other organisations, to agree a common way forward and their supporters to rally behind it.

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North East Fife Hustings - 4th Sept

All 4 candidates have been invited to a hustings organised by North East Fife.

WHEN - Sunday 4th September - Doors 6.30pm for 7pm start

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YSI Hustings in Perth - 3rd Sept

All 4 candidates have been invited to a hustings organised by YSI

WHEN - Saturday 3rd September - 2pm

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Stirling Hustings - 2nd Sept

All 4 candidates have been invited to a hustings organised by City of Stirling SNP

WHEN - Friday 2nd September - doors 7pm for a 7.30pm start

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Inchkeith Hustings - 1st Sept

All 4 candidates have been invited to a hustings organised by Inchkeith Branch

WHEN - Thursday 1st September - 7pm

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Falkirk Hustings - 31st Aug

All 4 candidates have been invited to a hustings in Falkrik

WHEN - Wednesday 31th August - doors 7pm for a 7.30pm start

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South Lanarkshire Hustings - 30th Aug

All 4 candidates have been invited to a hustings in South Lanarkshire

WHEN - Tuesday 30th August - doors 7pm for a 7.30pm start

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SNP Youth Glasgow Hustings

 All candidates have been invited to a hustings organised by SNP Youth Glasgow

WHEN - Sunday 27th August - 5.30pm

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Our strength is our membership. We need to take everyone with us on this journey

Our strength is our membership. We need to take everyone with us on this journey

I’m standing for depute leader of the SNP because I want us to win the next independence referendum. To do that we need to get active, get organised and reach out, building a new independence alliance.

The past few years have been a time of tremendous change in Scottish politics. Fresh ideas have emerged, and old allegiances changed. Tens of thousands have joined the SNP. We need to get our party match fit to lead and win the next independence referendum.

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East Lothian CA Hustings

All 4 candidates have been invited to East Lothian CA

WHEN - Monday 22nd August - 7pm

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Politics should be uplifting and engaging ... let’s make it that way

Politics should be uplifting and engaging ... let’s make it that way

Our party needs an organisational upgrade. That’s why I’m standing for depute leader. Over the next two months I’m keen to listen to members about how they think we can improve but I also want to chuck out some ideas for discussion myself.

This week I’m focusing on the basic unit of our organisation – the party branch. This is internal stuff. Non-party members should maybe look away now. Or maybe not.

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Eastwood Branch

All 4 candidates have been invited to a meeting of Eastwood Branch

WHEN - Thursday 18th August (arrivals from 7pm)

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Leith Branch Meeting

I will be speaking at one of the branches in my Edinburgh East Constituency - Leith Branch

WHEN -  Wenesday 17th August - 8pm

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Linlithgow Branch Meeting

I have been invited to speak at a meeting of Linlithgow Branch

WHEN - Tuesday 16th August - 7.30pm

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Dunfermline and West Fife

All 4 candidates will be attending a hustings organised by Dunfermline and West Fife Constituency Association.

WHEN - Thursday 11th August (arrivals from 7pm)

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'It's not about the EU... It’s about who gets to decide whether or not Scotland should be in the EU'

'It's not about the EU... It’s about who gets to decide whether or not Scotland should be in the EU'

And, we’re off! Nominations closed yesterday for the post of SNP depute and it was a shock to no-one that all four previously declared candidates have confirmed their position on the starting grid.

Today I launch my campaign at the CCA in Glasgow, where I’ll be setting out why I want the job.

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Tommy's Blog Articles

Tommy Sheppard
25 April 2019
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Forty years ago in the sweltering summer of 1979 I got myself arrested at Torness. I was one of hundreds protesting against the construction of the nuclear power station. For my efforts I got to spend a night in the cells at Dunbar nick.As the then Thatcher government was keen to point out - we didn't stop Torness. But as I'm keen to point out it was a tipping point. The time when nuclear energy l...
Tommy Sheppard
29 March 2019
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For many months the government has wielded a number of sticks to beat MPs into supporting its Withdrawal Agreement. It might be bad, they argue, but the alternative is worse. Remainers have been threatened with no deal. Leavers with no Brexit.The latest big stick is the threat of having to participate in the European parliamentary elections. To avoid this the Government (and the EU’s) new deadline...
Tommy Sheppard
28 March 2019
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So we’re not leaving the European Union tomorrow after all. As the Brexiters cancel their street parties and put away the bunting the rest of us should think carefully about what to do with the reprieve.This week started with parliament voting to take control of the process from government. A move without precedent. In truth, we were forced into it. What else can you do when faced with a governmen...
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28 February 2019
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Four weeks ago I was worried about writing this column on the eve of the last major parliamentary debate on Brexit. Anything could have happened, rendering my speculation obsolete by the time you read it. I shouldn’t have fretted. Anything could have happened but nothing did.

Here I am again. Groundhog day. It’s Tuesday. There’s a big debate tomorrow.

Tommy Sheppard
31 January 2019
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Tuesday. Another day spent discussing Brexit. Another day of my life I’m not getting back.

We are no further forward. As the clock ticks down to exit it’s only fair to ask: What the hell is Theresa May playing at?