Sheridan loses Supreme Court bid over perjury conviction

The former MSP was not granted permission for his case to be heard, as it did not ‘raise an arguable point of law’.

Former MSP Tommy Sheridan has lost a Supreme Court bid to appeal against his perjury conviction from 2010.

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that Sheridan’s appeal “does not raise an arguable point of law” and has refused the request to be referred to the High Court of Justiciary.

Between November 2004 and January 2005, stories appeared in the News of the World alleging that the ex-politician had carried out “lewd and immoral acts”.

Sheridan was awarded £200,000 in August 2006 for defamation in a civil trial.

However, in December 2010, Sheridan was convicted of perjury at the civil trial and jailed for three years.

The former MSP appealed against his conviction in March 2015, and again in June 2016, with both applications being refused.

Sheridan then appealed to the Supreme Court, which has ruled that the appeal does not raise an arguable point of law, and therefore was not granted permission to be heard.

The decision was released as part of a Supreme Court media update.

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