Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Felicity Garvie Re-Examination
The court resumed after lunch to hear from Felicity Garvie, Tommy Sheridan's former parliamentary assistant and another of the witnesses recalled to the court after Mr Sheridan dispensed with the services of his previous advocate Maggie Scott QC. Mr Sheridan began by asking Ms Garvie about her political background, she had been a member of the Militant's sister organisation in Germany, which she agreed was an "entryist party" within the German SPD much like the Militant had been inside the UK Labour party.
He then asked her about bills he had sponsored in the Scottish parliament between 1999 and 2003 (when he was the only SSP MSP) such as the Scottish Service Tax and the Free School meals Bill. The witness was asked if Mr Sheridan's mobile phone number was widely known, to which she replied that "everyone seemed to have it." and then put to the witness that it have even been published in a magazine produced by Glasgow City council. Mr Sheridan then Ms Garvie about his former press secretary Hugh Kerr and if he had been "driven from the parliament by tensions between Mr Kerr on one side and Francis Curran and Carolyn Leckie on the other. Ms Garvie said she had been aware of tensions but disagreed with that version of events. He then showed the witness his diary and pointed to various pages where entries had been scored out and asked of this was usual. Ms Garvie said she did not have access to Mr Sheridan's diary and could not say either way.
Mr Sheridan then read out a number of his diary entries that appear to refer to scrabble scores and asked the witness if she was aware he was a keen scrabble player? she replied "apparently With that Mr Sheridan ended his cross examination and returned to the dock. The Advocate depute having no questions Ms Garvie was allowed to step down from the witness box.
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