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Sheridan victory speech in full
Tommy Sheridan has won his defamation case against the News of the World.

The Scottish Socialist Party MSP gave a statement outside the court after being awarded 200,000 in damages over a series of articles about his sex life.

On behalf of my wife and I, can I first of all thank my two sisters and John Aberdein, from Orkney, for being the best amateur legal team in the world.

We have over the last five weeks taken on one of the biggest organisations on the planet, with the biggest amount of resources to pay for the most expensive legal team, to throw nothing but muck against me, my wife and my family.

What we have done in the last five weeks is the equivalent of Gretna taking on Real Madrid in the Bernabeu and beating them on penalties

Well, brothers and sisters, what today's verdict proves is that working-class people, when they listen to the arguments, can differentiate the truth from the muck.

The working-class people on the jury who have found in our favour have done a service to the people of Scotland and have delivered a message to the standard of journalism that the News of the World represents.

They are liars and we have proved that they are liars.

I could never have conducted this case without the loyalty and support of my wife, my mother, my father, my sisters, my family and thousands upon thousands of working-class people in Scotland who want me to get out of this court and start fighting for the things that matter most.

Against poverty and inequality in Scotland, and against war and against nuclear weapons. Those are the things that matter most, brothers and sisters.

Fighting poverty

I assure you we will retire for a few days to spend some quality time with our 14-month-old daughter, whom we have had to be apart from for most of the last five weeks, and that's been the largest and most difficult thing to countenance.

We'll spend some time, quality time, with our daughter Gabrielle over the next few days but then I guarantee you, the people of Scotland who believe in their hearts in justice, who believe in their hearts in fighting poverty and inequality and who believe in their hearts in the need to fight against war, I'll be back on the streets calling for the Israeli troops to stop killing innocent people in Lebanon, calling for the scrapping of nuclear weapons and to call for an independent socialist Scotland.

I want to finish, brothers and sisters, by saying one thing.

Gretna have made it into Europe for the first time in their lives, but what we have done in the last five weeks is the equivalent of Gretna taking on Real Madrid in the Bernabeu and beating them on penalties, that's what we've done.



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