Lanarkshire politics has often been described as “hairy arsed” with most political careers filled with spectacular highs and lows. In that spirit former MSP Tommy Sheridan really has suffered the most remarkable fall from grace. Having made a name for himself campaigning against the poll tax Sheridan got himself elected first to Glasgow City Council and then as the first ever Scottish Socialist Party member of the Scottish Parliament in 1999. A further FIVE Scottish Socialist Party MSPs were elected on his coat-tails in the 2003 Holyrood elections. However following a report in the News of the World that SSP leader was a regular visitor to swingers clubs he resigned as national convenor of his party and set up a new one after he allegedly tried, and failed, to persuade them to perjure themselves as he pursued Rupert Murdoch’s News International organisation.
Despite being awarded £200,000 after suing the News of the World Sheridan won’t have actually seen a penny of this money as News International have launched an appeal against the decision. His decision to set up a new party and split the Socialist vote in Scotland resulted in Sheridan and his former comrades all losing their seats in 2007. And in the most remarkable reversal of fortune to-date Tommy Sheridan and his wife Gail are now on trial for perjury.
Sheridan’s former comrades are lining up to testify that he confessed to visiting swingers clubs at a meeting of the party’s politburo executive, as well as to identify his voice on a tape saying that confessing was the “biggest mistake of [his] life”. Transcripts of the tape itself are highly amusing however the most entertaining extract has got to be the voice’s reference to a swinging date in the early nineties:
“In 1992, which is in some respects my saving grace – because if there’s any story about that she knows about my personal habits – you know, I’ve got a hairy back or a hairy arse, well of course she does, because she f**king shagged me.”
Contempt of Court laws prohibit Scrapbook from speculating as to Sheridan’s chances of success – we’ll leave that up to you!