The next Crown witness on Wednesday afternoon was William (Liam) Young, a branch organiser for the SSP. After taking the oath Mr Young told the court about a meeting he had with Mr Sheridan around January 2005 in the Rat and Parrot public house. The witness testified that during this meeting the defendant said told him that he admitted attending the Manchester Cupids club at the SSP executive meeting on the 9th November 2004. Mr Young stated that he then asked Mr Sheridan "why are you telling me" to which Mr Sheridan had responded that the party had been damaged by the actions of the executive, which had "panicked" and he wanted to organise to "hold them to account."
Mr Sheridan then asked the witness if he had received a copy of the minutes of that meeting in 2006, Mr Young said at first that he did not think he did, but when shown the minuted recalled receiving them when they were sent out to the SSP membership. Mr Sheridan then asked the witness if he was a member of the United Left. Mr Young stated he had never joined the group but had attended "several meetings" and had also signed it's launch statement. He denied however that this group was a "party within a party."
Mr Sheridan then put it to Mr Young that his testimony was part of a "political campaign" to "back up the SSP" which the witness denied. He asked Mr Young "why would I tell you" and there was "no logic in me telling you." The witness replied "there is not a lot of logic in a lot of things you do Tommy." Mr Sheridan then put it to the witness that he had lied, to which he responded "no." Mr Sheridan then ended his cross examination and, as the Advocate Depute declined to re-examine, Mr Young was allowed to step down from the witness box and leave the court.