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Tommy Sheridan's Biography

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The former Scottish Socialist Party leader Tommy Sheridan was a high profile politician, not least because of successfully suing News of the World for £200,000 over claims he had taken cocaine and visited a swingers' club.

Following the verdict, the News of the World described the jury's decision as "perverse" and challenged the result; in addition, Tommy Sheridan was later charged with perjury.

Tommy Sheridan studied economics and politics at Stirling University.

Sheridan became president of the Anti-Poll Tax Federation and was elected to Glasgow City Council. In 1999 the Scottish Socialist Party was established and Tommy Sheridan was elected its first MSP to the Scottish Parliament.

2006 saw not only his high profile court case but also his resignation from the Scottish Socialist Party. In 2007 he lost his Glasgow seat and his new party Solidarity failed to get any MSPs at all.

Tommy Sheridan was 44 years old when he entered Celebrity Big Brother in January 2009.

Tommy Sheridan was the fifth housemate to be evicted from Celebrity Big Brother.

The isolation of Celebrity Big Brother was nothing new to Tommy Sheridan. He had been jailed three times.

Tommy Sheridan is keen on football. He played for Baillieston Juniors and supports Motherwell Football Club.

In 2008 Sheridan was studying law. He is also a qualified gym instructor.

In January 2009, soon after the end of Tommy Sheridan's involvement in Celebrity Big Brother, it was confirmed that Tommy Sheridan and his wife Gail were to stand trial on perjury charges.

In July 2009, Tommy Sheridan and his wife Gail pleaded not guilty to perjury at a preliminary hearing at the High Court in Edinburgh.

On 23 December 2010, Tommy Sheridan was convicted of perjury. The previous week, his wife Gail had been acquitted after the Crown withdrew charges against her.

Tommy Sheridan was jailed for three years.

On 28 January 2012, the BBC reported on a legal dispute concerning Tommy Sheridan's release from prison after just over a year of his sentence and a possible gagging order.

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