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Sheridan dropped from radio show

Tommy Sheridan
Tommy Sheridan lost his seat at Holyrood last May

Tommy Sheridan has lost his job as a radio talk show host.

The former socialist MSP, who lost his seat at last May's Scottish Parliament elections, said Edinburgh's Talk 107 had terminated his contract.

Mr Sheridan and his wife Gail appeared in court last week charged with committing perjury.

They previously denied the charges relating to a defamation case against the News of the World, which Mr Sheridan won in August 2006.

Second redundancy

A statement from Mr Sheridan said: "I am obviously disappointed to be leaving Talk 107 after a very interesting 18 months, I enjoyed very much my time on the air raising many issues not normally covered on mainstream media.

"This is the second redundancy I have faced in the past year which might seem a little careless, however life goes on and I will continue with my teaching and my academic course and of course will be seeking work elsewhere.

"However my situation is no different from many other workers on short-term contracts with no rights courtesy of a so-called Labour government."

The station denied Mr Sheridan had been made redundant.

A spokesman for the station said: "Tommy's contract was up and we decided not to renew it. We have been making some changes at the station and Tommy did not fit the new brief."

Mr Sheridan, 44, was a Scottish Socialist Party MSP for Glasgow from 1999 to 2006, when he left to form Solidarity.

He was arrested in December after an investigation into allegations of lying under oath during his successful 200,000 action against the News of the World at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

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