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Oct 4, 2010

Tommy Sheridan perjury trial day 1

Tommy Sheridan and his wife Gail faced a seven page charge sheet on day one of their trial for perjury at Glasgow high court today. He was cheered into court by a small contingent of loyal supporters but the press clearly outnumbered them.

Sheridan and his supporters have been keen to paint the charges as a class war action but for many people the trial is simply about truth and lies. Did Sheridan perjure himself during his defamation case against the News of the World?

SSP members told the defamation trial that Sheridan had admitted visiting sex clubs at a meeting in Nov 2004 . There had been a minute taken of that meeting at which the discussion was minuted as beginning with Sheridan talking about a newspaper having got a story about him visiting a sex club. He is minuted as admitting the allegations but saying he would fight the newspaper and claiming the paper would be unable to prove it's allegations against him.

The jury of 13 women and two men heard today from a Scottish Socialist party (SSP) official, Barbara Scott, the member took the  minutes at an emergency party executive meeting in November 2004 after the News of the World stories broke.
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Scott today recalled that Sheridan, then a member of the Scottish parliament for Glasgow and the SSP's convener, had admitted at the meeting that he had twice visited Cupids " sex club" in Manchester in 1996 and 2002 and that he had admitted to it being a "weakness ".

3 comments:

rummuser said...

Why all the fuss? Our chaps here can teach your politicos a thing or two about peccadilloes and how to manage the fall out if caught! We expect our leaders to be human!

Bunc said...

While the alleged sexual matters might be argued by some to be pecadillos an allegation of perjury is a very serious matter.

A witness described Sheridan potentially as the Jeffrey Archer of the Scottish Socialist Party. Jeffrey Archer a Conservative party MP was sentenced who was sentenced in 2001 on Perjury charges. He got 4 years in Jail - and rightly so.

rummuser said...

Quite right too. Sorry missed on that aspect.

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