Mr Sheridan began his cross examination of Mr Penman by asking about his background. Mr Penman told the court he had been a shop steward at the Rosyth Dockyard until he had been forced out because of his trade union activities. Mr Sheridan also asked the witness about his role in the 1984 miners strike and Mr Penman told the court that he had organised collections and meetings in support of the miners in Rosyth.
Mr Sheridan then turned to to the SSP executive meeting on the 9th November 2004 and asked Mr Penman if he had heard any admissions by him that he had visited a sex club. Mr Penman said he had not and agreed that Mr Sheridan had denied the accusations. Mr Sheridan asked the witness that if he had heard him admit the allegations if he would be in the witness box, Mr Penman said he would not. Mr Sheridan further asked the witness if he would risk "going to prison for me" to which Mr Penman said "No. Sorry Tommy."
Mr Penman was then asked if he had been aware of any political tensions in the SSP before 2004. The witness responded that he had been aware that there were "obviously people who didn't like you, a clique in the parliament and the office." He added that there was a "power struggle" and that some people who had called Mr Sheridan a "Maverick." Mr Penman then told the court that there was nothing said about Mr Sheridan;s private life and that Colin Fox had told him that Mr Sheridan's weekend "is a meal with Gail on Friday, Saturday night at the pictures and dinner at your mum's on Sunday. You are a anorak."
Mr Sheridan then moved on the results of a forensic analysis that had been carried out on Mr Penman's mobile phone and the court was shown a number of recovered texts from a Mr Ian Campbell. These spoke of the "disunited left" and their "hollow rubbish." Another text spoke of "fizz poison" a reference Mr Penman said to Felicity Garvie, a previous Crown witness. Mr Penman was asked to put these text messages in context, and told the court they reflected the tensions in the SSP and were "evidence of disunity." Mr Penman added that there was a group who wanted to replace Mr Sheridan as convener of the SSP.
Mr Sheridan concluded his cross-examination by producing a list of signatories of the launch statement of the "United Left" group of the SSP, produced in June 2006, and highlighting how many were Crown witnesses. He then thanked the witness for his testimony and returned to the dock.
Mr Prentice QC, the Advocate Depute then briefly re-examined Mr Penman, and asked him again if he had heard Mr Sheridan admit 2 visits to the Cupids sex club at the 9th November 2004 meeting of the SSP executive. The witness said he had not. Mr Prentice then finished his examination and the court rose for the day.
The trial continues.