Former SSP MSP Tommy Sheridan and his wife Gail will stand trial for perjury with proceedings commencing next Thursday (27th March) in the Edinburgh Sheriff Court.
Sheridan famously won last year a £200 000 libel settlement from the News of The World "newspaper" over allegations that he had visited a swingers club in Manchester. Subsequent investigations by Lothian & Borders Constabulary have seen 7 people, all of whom testified on Sheridan's side, arrested and charged with perjury. The News of the World is awaiting the outcome of the perjury trial before launching it's appeal against last year's verdict. Interestingly there is no maximum sentence in Scotland, technically someone found guilty could be sentenced to Life Imprisonment!
Sheridan's wife Gail has also been arrested and charged with the theft of miniature bottles of alcohol from her employer British Airways.
The impact of the original trial on the SSP was drastic as a large number of members and one other then MSP left with Sheridan to establish Solidarity. All SSP & Solidarity MSPs lost their seats in the 2007 Scottish Parliament elections. In the recent Cambuslang East council by-election Solidarity could not stand a candidate and the SSP polled a derisory 32 1st preference votes out of 2594 cast.