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In quotes: Sheridan defamation case
Former Scottish Socialist leader Tommy Sheridan has won his legal case against the News of the World newspaper over claims made about his sex life.

Here are a selection of memorable quotes from the four-week Court of Session hearing.

TOMMY SHERIDAN MSP

I have been less than satisfied in relation to the conduct of my defence.

You will hear of my addiction to Scrabble and sunbeds, not champagne, cocaine and swingers' clubs.

Of all the things about me the worst thing said was that I had sex on my wife's bed with another woman.

I think, sometimes, when you are dealing with the power of the law and the most reactionary scab outfit in the world you will have to fight dirty.

If I am a hairy ape, if challenged, I am sure my lord will allow me to disrobe. I would be prepared to do that.

The allegations in the course of this case have been as numerous as grains of sand in the Sahara Desert. But evidence, but real tangible, substantial evidence, has been conspicuous by its absence.

They endangered my wife, they endangered my child and - you know what - they endangered Fiona McGuire as well. They couldn't care less because the bottom line is selling newspapers.

MICHAEL JONES COUNSEL FOR THE NEWS OF THE WORLD

History is littered with the political corpses of great men who have been brought down by their own recklessness.

RICHARD KEEN QC, COUNSEL FOR MR SHERIDAN

Unless orange is the new black, then Mr Sheridan is not black.

[Referring to Mr Sheridan's tan in relation to claims made about him in journalist Anvar Khan's book about him attending a swingers' club]

BOB BIRD NEWS OF THE WORLD EDITOR

We 100% believe it is a true account.

We have done lots of stories about politicians and celebrities and sex scandals which have been true and have brought many a career to an end in politics.

ANVAR KHAN JOURNALIST

He always maintained he had an open relationship.

It was very much a place where people go to have casual sex but it was not a sexy environment.

[On the swingers' club Mr Sheridan was said to have attended]

DOUGLAS WIGHT SCOTTISH NEWS OF THE WORLD EDITOR IN 2004

Not unstable. She obviously had certain issues going on in her life, but not unstable.

[Asked about his impressions of former escort girl Fiona McGuire after interviewing her]

On that bed were two naked men and a naked female and they were all engaged in sexual acts at the same time.

She told me she recognised one of the men as Tommy Sheridan.

[Quoting from an interview he conducted with Ann Colvin]

She thought it was like a cheeky schoolboy talking to a schoolgirl.

[More quotes from the Ann Colvin interview]

COLIN FOX SSP LEADER

He did admit he had visited a swingers' club.

WITNESS ANNE COLVIN

I saw you naked on a bed with another naked man and a woman engaged in sexual activity.

FIONA MCGUIRE FORMER ESCORT GIRL

There was cocaine in the room and it was used by everyone.

ALAN MCCOMBES SENIOR SSP OFFICIAL
It should have been settled by one of both parties before innocent people were dragged into this bizarre pantomime.

KATRINE TROLLE

If they wanted to undermine you they could have done it without having to go through court and cause a lot of grief and harm to a lot of people.

ALAN GREEN SSP NATIONAL SECRETARY

For you to turn round and accuse me of monstrous frame-ups it is shameful Tommy, it is shameful.

CAROLYN LECKIE MSP

You just can't take responsibility for your actions.

JOCK PENMAN SSP PARTY WORKER

I got the impression this was like a family fall-out because the people who were the most vociferous were people who had known you the longest.

STEVE ARNOTT

The first thing he said to me was: 'Tommy Sheridan is finished'.

[On a call from Alan McCombes, the party's policy officer]

GAIL SHERIDAN

I have been proud of you all my life but I have never, never been more proud of you than I have the last four weeks in this court.

You would be in the Clyde with a piece of concrete tied round you and I would be in court for your murder.

[On whether or not she believed the claims]

Every weekend when he was supposed to be swinging from the chandeliers he was with me.





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