Tommy Sheridan

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(political activist)
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Born7 March 1966
Alma materUniversity of Stirling
PartySolidarity, ALBA

Tommy Sheridan (born 7 March 1966) is a Scottish politician serving as convenor of Solidarity Scotland since 2019.[1] He was previously convenor of the Scottish Socialist Party from 1998 to 2004 and as co-convenor of Solidarity from 2006 to 2016.[2][3] Tommy Sheridan was a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) from 1999 to 2007.

Sheridan was active as a Militant entryist in the Labour Party until 1989 when Labour expelled him,[4] and became a member of Scottish Militant Labour (SML), which eventually became the core of the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP). He was a prominent campaigner against the Poll tax (officially known as the Community Charge) in Scotland, and was jailed for six months for attending a warrant sale in 1991 after Glasgow Sheriff Court had served a court order on him banning his presence.[5] He was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999 as a Glasgow representative and re-elected in 2003 despite, in 2000 and 2002, being jailed over the non-payment of fines levied in connection with breach of the peace convictions resulting from his actions at demonstrations against the presence of the nuclear fleet at the Faslane Naval Base.[6]

Legal cases

In 2006, in the case of Sheridan v News International, he won an action for defamation against the News of the World and was awarded £200,000 damages. The following year, he was charged with perjury for having told lies to the court in his defamation case.[7] In the following weeks, six of his relations and colleagues were also charged. In October 2010, he appeared together with his wife Gail at a trial for perjury. While the charges against his wife were withdrawn, on 23 December 2010, Sheridan was convicted of perjury, and on 26 January he was sentenced to three years' imprisonment.[8] In the light of the News of the World phone hacking affair, the Crown Office was ordered to reassess the case in 2011.[9] Sheridan left prison in January 2012 under automatic early release rules.[10]

Alba Party

In March 2021 Tommy Sheridan and his wife Gail joined Alex Salmond's Alba Party.[11]


Documents by Tommy Sheridan

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Document:Defend Freedom of Expression – Support Mark HirstArticle15 May 2020Craig Murray
Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
Alex Salmond
Mark Hirst
Lady Leeona Dorrian
If we don’t speak up now in defence of those guilty of no crime other than expressing their opinions and speaking truth to power then we will all one day be caught in the tangled web of thought control and authoritarian rule which will render us powerless to oppose injustice and resist draconian restrictions on our freedoms.
Document:The Red Poppy is Not About Remembrancearticle2 November 2018Remembrance SundayA polemic on the militarisation of remembrance of the horrors of war represented by UK Establishment promotion of the red poppy and its associated ceremonies on 11 November each year
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