Tommy Sheridan 'asked colleague to lie about sex club visit'
Wednesday 06 October 2010
The outspoken former leader of the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) asked a party colleague to lie for him after he admitted twice visiting a swingers' club, a court heard yesterday.
Tommy Sheridan also asked Alison Kane to "rattle some cages" to ensure that minutes of a party meeting in which he told colleagues he had been to Cupid's Club in Manchester "disappeared", it was alleged. Ms Kane was the second person to tell a perjury trial at the High Court in Glasgow that Mr Sheridan told an emergency meeting of the SSP's executive that he had visited the club with some "close friends".
Mr Sheridan, a former Member of the Scottish Parliament, and his wife Gail, both 46, are accused of lying under oath during Mr Sheridan's successful 2006 defamation action against the News of the World. The couple deny the allegations.
Ms Kane, a former SSP treasurer, told the court Mr Sheridan had "lost the plot" and was "fighting for his political life" after he made the admission to a meeting at the party headquarters in Glasgow on 9 November 2004.
She said he asked to meet her "four or five days" after the meeting and then asked her to lie about other members of the party and persuade remaining committee members to get rid of the minutes detailing his confession.
Ms Kane, 42, who has since left the SSP and now works as a part-time lecturer and accountant, said Mr Sheridan had been "one of my best friends", but their friendship ended after she told the party's executive what he had asked her to do.
The trial continues.
- 1 Double chins could be 'cured' without surgery or dieting using new injection
- 2 The BBC has just done more to eradicate ‘terrorism’ than all our wars since 9/11
- 3 Dog thinks owner is drowning in lake, dives in and tries to pull him out
- 5 Thank heavens for Louise Mensch and her foul-mouthed tweets to world leaders
Scientists discover way to unboil an egg – and the results are not as pointless as that sounds
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Greece elections: Greek PM Alexis Tsipras takes aim at 'neo-liberal' Europe as country gears up for prolonged austerity battle
Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary: Woman sent to three Nazi death camps describes surviving gas chamber
Chilling drone footage captures Auschwitz ahead of 70th anniversary of liberation
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
£125 - £150 per day + Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: A 'wonderful primary ...
£90 - £140 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: Our client is an 11-16 mixed commun...
£32000 - £36000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A rapidly developing company in...
Negotiable: Ashdown Group: Application Architect/Developer - Peterborough, Cam...