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About Tommy Sheridan
Politician Tommy Sheridan (b. 07.03.1964, Glasgow) has served in several important roles as a representative of the socialist movement in his native country. Today he is co-convenor for the left-wing Solidarity party.
Sheridan was educated within the Roman Catholic school system and later attended the University of Stirling where he received his degree in Economics with honours. After earning his MSc at the University of Strathclyde in Social Research (2008), he enrolled in an accelerated two-year programme for law studies at Strathclyde Law School.
Sheridan's political activism began within the Labour Party which he soon left to become a member of the SML (Scottish Militant Labour). Sheridan led a campaign against the poll tax and served six months in prison for his attendance at a warrant sale after being banned from the event by the Glasgow Sheriff Court. The activist served time twice more due to his campaigning against the nuclear fleet at Faslane Naval Base.
In 2006, Sheridan won an action for defamation against News International over allegations about his sex life and was awarded damages of £200,000. In 2007, Sheridan, along with loved ones and colleagues, was charged with perjury in the defamation suit. After many delays, the trial is set to begin in September of 2010.
Since leaving the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood, Sheridan has received wide media exposure, appearing on the popular chat show on Talk 107, at a show held at the Edinburgh Fringe and on Celebrity Big Brother 2009 where he is reported to have received a fee of £100,000.
In March 2009, Sheridan's party Solidarity announced his candidacy in the European Parliament elections for No to the EU-Yes to Democracy, a left-wing coalition for alter-globalisation, led by union leader Bob Crow of the RMT. The coalition received a mere 1% of the national vote.