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Some published articles and blog posts from Tommy Sheppard MP

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Tommy appears on Radio 5live

Tommy appears on Radio 5live

Hear Tommy talking about the Fringe and Politics (the perfect combination) here

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'You haven’t just changed job, you’ve changed life’

'You haven’t just changed job, you’ve changed life’

Tommy Sheppard is used to being busy in July. There are always acts to book, venues to prepare, tickets to sell. Sheppard still bears traces of his life as impresario at the Stand Comedy Club – polka dot tie, unkempt thatch of spiky hair – but nowadays it is the business of Parliament, not the upcoming Edinburgh Fringe, that has him run ragged.

Read the full article in the National

 
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The SNP 56: a breath of fresh air… ?

The SNP 56: a breath of fresh air… ?

Because, of course, Westminster, and everything it stands for, is essentially their worst nightmare. And yet here they are now, part of it. What’s it like, I ask Tommy Sheppard, the new member for Edinburgh East, being in the belly of the beast?

Read the full article on the SNP 56 in the Observer

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Tommy appears on Question Time

Tommy appears on Question Time

"What happened yesterday was the most monstrous assault on our welfare state, which attacked the poorest in society." Tommy Sheppard (9th July 2015)

Watch Tommy's full appearance on his first Question Time

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New MPs get used to Westminster life

New MPs get used to Westminster life

One was a finalist on MasterChef, another is a breast cancer nurse and a third has done three tours of duty in Afghanistan.

The six new MPs the BBC have been following over the past two months have come from all walks of life and their reflections on life at Westminster have been fascinating...

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The real disaster is not full fiscal independence but Tory control of our economy

Tommy Sheppard has been misquoted three times in two parliaments in one week. Here he sets the record straight...

Having been misquoted by the Prime Minister and the opposition front bench on the same day I’m not sure whether to feel victimised or honoured. So let me start by being very clear. I fully support devolving all control over raising and spending public finances to Scotland. Full fiscal autonomy (FFA), as some call it, would allow Scotland’s government to operate like most other devolved legislatures in the modern world.

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“We’re not here to be glorious losers. We’re here to win things”

“We’re not here to be glorious losers. We’re here to win things”

The former Labour deputy general secretary, turned SNP MP, talks to CommonSpace about life at Westminster Tommy Sheppard is no stranger to stand up.

He is, after all, the owner of the renowned Stand Comedy Club venues and also sits on the board of directors of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. However, since parliament officially opened last week, the stand up routines performed in the chamber of the House of Commons have left the newly-elected MP baffled.

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Meet your new Scottish MPs:Tommy Sheppard

One of the more pleasing aspects of the new intake of SNP MPs at Westminster is that so many of them come from varied backgrounds, and nearly all of them have had a career or life outside of politics as well as some experience of public service.

Tommy Sheppard is an ideal example of a new politically aware member with a hinterland. The Northern Ireland-born graduate of Aberdeen University is the founder of The Stand comedy club chain, which is also now in its fourth year of running one of the largest operations of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He also failed to win TV’s Masterchef in 1996, though he was a Scottish area finalist.

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Tommy's Blog Articles

Tommy Sheppard
19 May 2018
Tommy's Blog
Okay I know that it’s probably not the best time to try to start a discussion about the monarchy. With a popular prince wedding his celebrity sweetheart in a lavish event resplendent in the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, it might be best for dissidents like myself to keep our republican heads below the parapet.Then again, with the nation’s attention focused on the royals because of the wedding, t...
Tommy Sheppard
02 May 2018
Tommy's Blog
Media
This is a piece about the SNP’s constitutional review. Exciting, huh? Well, maybe not, but important all the same.I know – at least I hope – no-one joins a political party to debate its internal structure. And set against debates on Indy, Brexit and the World War III this is unlikely to get anyone’s political juices flowing. People are motivated by ideas and feelings, powerful emotions that propel...
Tommy Sheppard
26 April 2018
Tommy's Blog
Media
Since the 30th March Palestinians in Gaza have been peacefully protesting. They will continue until the 15th May - the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, the name Palestinians have for the events that displaced them from their homes when Israel was created.The protests are billed as the “Great Return March” to make the point that it’s time to leave Gaza and go back to where they came from. But try tha...
Tommy Sheppard
29 March 2018
Tommy's Blog
Policy
We need to change the law on drugs. In fairness, that’s always been my view. But until now I’ve done little about it as an MP. Why? Partly because there’s always been something I’ve felt was a greater priority – and partly because I know well how views can be distorted and used against people in public life.But that changes now. Three different events over the past few weeks have made me realise t...
Tommy Sheppard
28 March 2018
Tommy's Blog
My work for you in Westminster
Contributions

I asked the Minister if the government would require the Electoral Commission to disclose donations for parties in Northern Ireland from before 2015. This follows allegations of dark money from the Constitutional Research Council, which is linked to the Scottish Tories, to the DUP. As usual, no straight answer.