Tommy Sheridan launched into an extraordinary victory speech today after winning his libel case against The News of the World and being awarded the maximum £200,000 damages by a jury.
“We have over the last five weeks taken on one of the largest organisations on the planet, with the biggest amount of resources to pay the most expensive legal team, to throw nothing but much against me, my wife and my family.
“Well, brothers and sisters, what today’s verdict proves is that working class people, when they listen to the arguments, can differentiate the truth from the muck.”
The Sunday tabloid had printed claims in 2004 and early 2005 that the former Scottish Socialist Party leader had cheated on his wife by visiting swingers’ clubs and taking part in orgies.
But the jury took just two and a half hours to decide against the paper finding in favour of Mr Sheridan in a majority verdict of seven to four.
“The working class people and the jury who have found in our favour have done a service to the people of Scotland and have delivered a message to the standard of journalism that the News of the World represents,” he yelled.