By Katy Docherty
Tommy Sheridan has accused former Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) member Alan McCombes of scripting tapes in which ex-SSP leader confesses to visiting sex clubs.
McCombes denied accusations that he collaborated with Sheridan’s best man George McNeilage to create the damaging video.
McCombes denied these claims: “That is just nonsense. Neither did I hire Rory Bremner to do an impersonation, Tommy.”
“I believe it is your voice. I believe it is a free-flowing conversation, it is not a scripted tape. I did not write a single word of anything that appeared in that transcription.”
The tape was used as evidence in Sheridan’s successful libel trial against the News of the World in 2006.
Contrary to McCombes’s claims, former SSP member John Penman told the court that Sheridan had dismissed accusations of visiting a sex club in a 2004 emergency SSP meeting.
Penman said: “He denied it. He said, ‘rubbish, nonsense’, or something like that.”
Penman also claimed that a faction of the SSP, the United Left, had political motives to bring Sheridan down:
“They were a very dangerous development. They seemed to be meeting in private, in secret and then all of a sudden declared themselves.”
15 people have so far told the High Court in Glasgow that Sheridan admitted to visiting sex clubs in the 2010 meeting.
Sheridan and his wife Gail are accused of lying under oath after winning £200, 000 worth of damages against the NoW.
The trial continues.