(587) SWINGS, ROUNDABOUTS AND DEFAMATION … AND PERJURY?
Tommy Sheridan, the Scottish Socialist Party MSP, won his sensational defamation case against the News of the World and £200,000 damages when a jury of 11* handed down a majority (7-4) verdict in his favour on 4 August 2006. Reports of the case had kept the nation enthralled and entertained for nearly five weeks. In the autumn of 2004 the newspaper had published stories about an initially un-named MSP who engaged in multi-party sexual activity at a swingers club” in Manchester called Cupids and also had extra-marital affairs. Later Mr Sheridan was identified as the MSP in question and