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‘Sex party’ charges dropped against Sheridan

Charges that Tommy Sheridan lied under oath about taking part in a hotel ‘sex party’ have been dropped in the perjury case against the former MSP and his wife, Gail.

Prosecutor Alex Prentice said yesterday that parts of the perjury charge against him and his wife Gail were to be dropped.

He told the jury: ‘I have been able to review matters and I have moved to delete some parts of the indictment.’

The dropped allegations were about an alleged sex party in a Glasgow hotel in 2002 involving Sheridan and his brother-in-law.

The move came after the evidence of a key witness was called into doubt. Matthew McColl, 50, thought to have organised the sex night, was questioned about whether he had visited a certain swingers’ club. After first denying it, he later admitted: ‘I may have been in that club many years ago.’

Sheridan and his wife Gail are accused of lying during a defamation case against the News of the World. The trial goes on and the plot thickens like Bisto granules in a jug of hot water.

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