Monday 18 December 2017

Sheridan admitted visits to swingers' club, court told

Lucinda Cameron in Glasgow

A secretary who took notes at an emergency Scottish Socialist Party meeting told a court yesterday that former MSP Tommy Sheridan admitted he had twice visited a swingers' club.

Barbara Jane Scott, who took the minutes at the meeting, said Mr Sheridan said he had a "flaw" in his character and a "weakness".

Mr Sheridan and his wife Gail, both 46, are on trial at the High Court in Glasgow accused of perjury. The couple are accused of lying under oath during Sheridan's 2006 defamation action against the 'News of the World'. They deny the allegations. Mr Sheridan won £200,000 in damages after the newspaper printed allegations about his private life.

Ms Scott (40) told the court that the Scottish Socialist Party called an emergency meeting of its executive committee after the newspaper article appeared.

She told the court that she remembered Mr Sheridan was the first to speak. She said: "He talked about the story that had been about an unnamed married MSP that had gone to a swingers' club in Manchester and he said that it was him and that he had gone, but that it had been not the dates claimed, that it was two different dates, and it was a flaw in his character, it was a weakness he had ."

The trial was adjourned until tomorow.

Irish Independent

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