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Sod the Tories and elect Jeremy Corbyn

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Jeremy Corbyn with Newcastle councillor David StockdalePictured: Jeremy Corbyn with Newcastle councillor David Stockdale

A comedy fundraiser is being held in Newcastle tonight to support Jeremy Corbyn‘s campaign to become leader of the Labour Party.

Sod the Tories (And Have a Nice Week), the monthly panel show at The Stand Comedy Club, will donate a third of the ticket sales of tonight’s show to the left-wing contender for Ed Milliband’s replacement.

Hosted by John Scott, the show features Sarah Ledger, John Whale, Andy Clark and Mat Reed.

The ‘Ask the Activist’ slot returns this month with guest Cllr David Stockdale, who represents Blakelaw ward in Newcastle and is a part of Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign team.

Cllr Stockdale recently lead a successful protest against McDonalds opening a huge drive-thru near to Newcastle’s largest school, leading to the council rejecting permission, a decision which the fast food giant has pledged to appeal.

Sod the Tories is supporting Jeremy Corbyn’s bid to be next Labour leader as a result of his traditional left-wing principles, his common rebellion against the party three-line whip, and his fierce opposition to the Iraq war.

Chi Onwurah, the MP for Newcastle Central, said she nominated Corbyn to get on the ballot paper to allow a debate within the party, although makes clear that her nomination does not reflect who she will vote for.

Initially seen as an outside candidate, a poll released last week indicated that Corbyn was significantly ahead of his rivals Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall, the latter particularly accused for her supposedly Blairite attitude and has been taunted that she should join the Tories.

Corbyn has also been applauded for his straight-talking during hustings debates, and has been backed by Unison, Britain’s largest trade union.

John Scott, the host and producer of Sod the Tories, says that he aims to highlight that anyone can sign up as a Labour supporter for a one-off fee of £3 to vote in the leadership contest before 12 August 2015, with the winner announced in September.

Sod the Tories (and Have a Nice Week) – Jeremy Corbyn special is at The Stand in Newcastle on Monday 27 July 2015. Doors open at 7pm, with the show starting at 8.30pm. Tickets are £5 (£3 concessions) and are available online or on the door.