When does Scotland go for this independence stuff. What party was Sheridan. Is the Scottish Police as politically independent as that in England. Sorry, but it whiffs (but I agree, Coulson is as corrupt as most politicians, if not more so).
He was once a member of Militant Labour but has spent most of his political career in the Scottish Socialist Party - indeed as far as most people were concerned, he was the SSP!
He resigned as leader in 2004, citing family reasons. The Scottish edition of the News of the World then claimed the real reason was an extramaritial affair. The NotW then ran a further story about a MSP visiting a swingers' club in Manchester.
Sheridan told his party at a meeting that the MSP concerned was him but that he intended to sue for defamation.
The NotW tried to get all the documents from the meeting with Sheridan attempting to withhold them until he was outvoted by other members of the party. 11 members of the SSP then testified in court that he admitted attending the club at the meeting while 4 testified that he hadn't. Altogether the NotW presented 18 witnesses who either claimed to have had sexual relations with Sheridan, watched have sex or heard him admitting to doing so.
Before the verdict, the court directed the Police to get involved because one or the other sides (within the SSP) must've lied in court.
Sheridan then quit the SSP taking his supporters to set up Solidarity (splitters!). He claimed the SSP was the "mother of all stich-ups" with the leadership in cahoots with MI5 and News International!
The NotW appealed the decision. Another 4 members of the SSP then wrote an article saying Sheridan HAD said he attended the club. The NotW then released a secret recording made by Sheridan's bestman of Sheridan admitting going to the club!
The Police eventually decided that the Sheridans had lied and they were charged with perjury. Tommy Sheridan was eventually found guilty and sentenced to 3 years prison. It was during this criminal case that Sheridan called Coulson as a witness. Coulson didn't really have anything to do with the case at all but Sheridan used the opportunity to go fishing under oath for what Coulson knew about phone hacking in general and he seems he caught a whopper.
But no, as far as the Police are concerned as this has nothing to do with politics - just some lying politicians! I hope the Crown decides that a) Coulson's evidence was irrelevant and b) the weight of evidence from the other witnesses against Sheridan means the case is safe. Otherwise Sheridan will be an even more insufferable guilty b
d claiming innocence.