Glasgow & West Scotland

Timeline: Sheridan trial week six

NOVEMBER 8-12

Former Scottish Socialist Party leader Tommy Sheridan, 46, is on trial accused of perjury.

His wife Gail, 46, also faced perjury charges which have now been dropped.

It is claimed Mr Sheridan lied in court so that he could successfully sue the News of the World in 2006.

The former MSP won £200,000 in damages after the newspaper printed allegations about his private life, claiming that he was an adulterer who had visited a swingers club.

Following a police investigation, Mr Sheridan was charged with perjury. He denies the allegations.

Here, is a summary of the sixth week of evidence

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DAY TWENTY-THREE (8 Nov)

Tommy Sheridan's best man has denied being "a grass" for selling a tape in which the former MSP allegedly confessed to visiting a sex club.

At the High Court in Glasgow, George McNeilage denied his "testimony had been bought" by the News of the World, which paid £200,000 for the tape.

Mr McNeilage was returning to the witness box for a second day.

Under questioning from Mr Sheridan, who is conducting his own defence, Mr McNeilage denied being "a grass".

Mr Sheridan asked him: "You were not prepared to 'grass' at a the civil case, but are prepared to 'shop' someone for money?"

Mr McNeilage replied: "This was to clear the SSP's name. I did not want involved at that time."

Sheridan friend denies 'sell out'

DAY TWENTY-FOUR (9 Nov)

The Tommy Sheridan perjury trial has been delayed until Friday after the former MSP became unwell.

Judge Lord Bracadale told the jury at the High Court in Glasgow that Mr Sheridan's doctor had certified him as unfit to attend court.

The former Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) leader and his wife Gail, both 46, deny perjury.

Trial delayed for unwell Sheridan

The perjury trial is adjourned until Friday, 12 November.

DAY TWENTY-FIVE (12 Nov)

The News of the World Scotland editor has told a court he stripped to his underwear to view a secret video tape allegedly showing Tommy Sheridan.

Bob Bird, 54, gave details of a meeting with George McNeilage who previously told the court he was worried Mr Bird would be "wired".

Mr Bird was giving evidence at the High Court in Glasgow, where Mr Sheridan and his wife Gail are accused of perjury.

The trial called again on Friday after a three-day adjournment because Mr Sheridan was ill.

Paper editor stripped 'for tape'