VETERAN comedian Arthur Smith took the stage at the Hobby Horse Hotel in Minehead on Thursday for a comedy night hosted by the West Somerset Labour Party.

More than 120 people attended the event headlined by seasoned comedian Arthur Smith and with up and coming comedians Richard James and Eliza Fraser supporting.

The night was part of a national tour called “Stand Up for Labour”, which is travelling around the country helping to raise the profile and funds of Labour branches.

Producer, Crispin Flintoff, contacted West Labour Party secretary, Kathrine See, last year to ask if the branch would be interested in hosting the event.

“I was really keen and determined to make the night work," Mrs See said.

"My main reason was never about raising money but more about proving a point. I truly believe that Labour can be strong and credible in West Somerset.”

The crowd were thoroughly entertained. Arthur Smith provided his own brand of dour humour, sharing his humorous take on Brexit and other of life’s tribulations. The night was compered by Crispin Flintoff who added in some competitions and prizes for the crowd, including for newest and longest serving members of the Labour party.

Kathrine added: “I had hoped the event would draw a large crowd and I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

"Lots of non-members attended the night and left with membership forms. I hope that people not only had a really good laugh but went away feeling inspired to join up and get involved.”