Fringe comedians stand up for Sheppard in Deputy Leader race

Tommy Sheppard MP'. Picture; Philip Stanley Dickson
Tommy Sheppard MP'. Picture; Philip Stanley Dickson
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Stars from the Fringe will appear at a comedy night to raise money for Edinburgh MP Tommy Sheppard’s campaign to become SNP deputy leader.

Seven comedians including Stewart Lee, Mark Nelson, Jo Caulfield, Andy Zaltzman, Fern Brady, Josie Long and JoJo Sutherland will perform together at The Stand comedy club, in York Place, which was co-founded by Mr Sheppard, tomorrow night.

The Edinburgh East SNP MP is bidding to be elected deputy leader following the resignation earlier this year of Stewart Hosie.

There are three other candidates – Westminster leader Angus Robertson, Member of the European Parliament Alyn Smith and Inverclyde councillor Chris McEleny.

Mr Sheppard argues the deputy’s role should be to build up the party, encourage more members to become active and prepare them for a second independence referendum.

The 57-year-old is expected to speak at the fundraising gig tomorrow night.

Mr Sheppard said: “The campaign is costing a wee bit more than I had thought, and my campaign has no establishment or big money backers.”

He added: “It depends entirely on what I get from supporters.”