Shamed socialist politician Tommy Sheridan declared bankrupt

Disgraced socialist politician Tommy Sheridan has been declared bankrupt after a failed attempt to prove he was the victim of a miscarriage of justice.

The former MSP and ex-leader of the Scottish Socialist Party, who was jailed for perjury, could have his income and assets seized to pay an £82,000 legal bill.

Sheridan joined Alex Salmond's Alba Party last year ahead of the Holyrood elections. had been due to stand for AfI - formerly known as Action for Independence, which withdrew all of its candidates just hours after announcing them following the news of the formation of Alba

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However, he can now cannot stand in any elections until he has been discharged from bankruptcy - which is usually after a year.

Tommy Sheridan and wife Gail at a pro-independence march in Glasgow in 2015.
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Decades in left wing politics came to an end after a legal case which saw sordid claims of swingers' parties and extramarital affairs aired in Scotland's highest courts.

Official documents show that 58-year-old Sheridan has recently been added to the Insolvency Register, while a trustee has been appointed to take control of his finances to ensure as much as possible of the debt is repaid.

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The bankruptcy was sought by publicly funded justice watchdog the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC).

A spokesman for the SCCRC said: “The SCCRC lodged a petition for sequestration of Mr Sheridan at Glasgow Sheriff Court in April in respect of outstanding judicial expenses due by Mr Sheridan to the SCCRC.

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“The petition for sequestration was granted by the court and the matter is in the hands of a court-appointed trustee.”

Sheridan sued the News of the World for defamation after the paper published a story in 2004 alleging that he had cheated on his wife Gail with a woman called Fiona McGuire.

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In 2006, a jury awarded him £200,000 after Sheridan described how the claims made by Ms McGuire detrimentally affected his reputation of being a family man. The paper claimed that he was an adulterer who attended a swingers club. It was also heard that he took part in group sex and took cocaine. Sheridan denied ever doing these things.

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His wife gave evidence on his behalf and stood by him throughout the allegations. After a five-week trial, the jury ruled that the newspaper's false claims had damaged Sheridan's reputation as a family man and he was awarded £200,000 in damages.

However, in December 2010, Sheridan was convicted at the High Court in Glasgow of committing perjury during the defamation proceedings.

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The politician was a prominent opponent of the poll tax introduced by Margaret Thatcher and was elected as the SSP's sole MSP in the first Holyrood elections in 1999. He was re-elected in 2003, despite being jailed for non-payment of fines relating to a breach of the peace at an anti-nuclear demo at Faslane.

Mr Sheridan then appealed to the SCCRC to try to clear his name and when it decided he was not the victim of a miscarriage of justice, sought a judicial review of its decision.

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However, a judge ruled against him and ordered him to pay SCCRC legal expenses of £82,488.

Sheridan has been approached for comment.



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