Cashing in on Corbyn: The Stand's SNP boss | ...and that's winding up the Tories

Cashing in on Corbyn: The Stand's SNP boss

...and that's winding up the Tories

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Canny comedy club owner Tommy Sheppard may be a SNP MP – but that doesn’t mean he can’t cash in on Jeremy Corbyn’s Edinburgh Fringe visit.

When the Labour leader and his No2 John McDonnell appear at the festival this month, their ‘in conversation’ shows will be staged by Sheppard’s Salt N Sauce productions.

The fact has wound up the Scottish Conservatives, whose deputy leader Jackson Carlaw told The Scottish Sun: ‘It’s no wonder Sheppard has been so sympathetic towards Labour, knowing he was in for a festival windfall from their leader.’

Though the word ‘windfall’ might suggest Carlow has little understanding that the precarious state of Fringe economics means it's hardly a 'magic money tree'.

And Sheppard, whose company owns The Stand comedy clubs in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle, pointed out the In Conversation With… series offers ‘a diverse range of views — no matter how much I might disagree with them.’

Tickets for the shows at the 350-capacity New Town Theatre are £10 each.

Published: 9 Aug 2017

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