Tommy Sheppard

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Tommy Sheppard

Tommy Sheppard is the Scottish National Party (SNP) Member of Parliament for Edinburgh East. [1]

In the 2015 general election Sheppard defeated the Labour Party candidate Sheila Gilmore, who had held the seat since 2010 [2], with a majority of 9,106. [3]

After the general election in November 2015, Sheppard was appointed to the Select Committee on Privileges.[4]


In 1993 Sheppard was appointed assistant general secretary of the Labour Party under John Smith but three years later was asked to leave by Tony Blair. [5] He removed himself from politics setting up a comedy club in Edinburgh called The Stand but the 2014 independence referendum prompted Sheppard to join the SNP and he became actively involved in the 'YES' campaign. [6]


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  2. Sheila Gilmoure, accessed 29 May 2015
  3. Edinburgh East parliamentary constituency BBC News, 8 May 2015, accessed 29 May 2015
  4. Dods people, 'Arrivals, moves and departures', Civil Service World, accessed 3 November 2015
  5. Tommy Sheppard MP SNP, accessed 29 May 2015
  6. Tommy Sheppard, local councillor turned comedy impresario, is elected MP The List, 8 May 2015, accessed 29 May 2015