The third witness for the defence on Friday was Joyce Drummond. Mrs Drummond told the court she had been a nurse for seventeen years and had been married for sixteen years. Mr Sheridan then asked the witness about her political background. Mrs Drummond stated she had been involved in the campaign against the poll tax in the 1980's but had then dropped out of politics. She had become politically active again in 2004 when her sister had been involved in a strike by Glasgow nursery nurses, a strike during which, she told the court, Mr Sheridan had visited the picket "almost every day" during the fourteen week dispute. She had then joined the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) and later on the organisation set up by Mr Sheridan after he had left the SSP, Solidarity.
Mr Sheridan then asked Mrs Drummond about a meeting she had with Colin Fox, a previous crown witness, in May 2006 in Edinburgh. The witness told the court she, and her sister Irene Lang, had met Mr Fox in a cafe in Edinburgh. At this meeting, the witness claimed, Mr Fox had told them that there was a "plot to get you [Tommy Sheridan] and also that Mr Fox had told them Mr Sheridan had made no admissions at the 9/11/2004 SSP executive meeting of visiting a "Sex club" Mrs Drummond added that Colin Fox had also told her that after the libel trial he intended to "clear out the people plotting against you" and had named people within the Scottish Socialist Youth, the Executive committee and the Scottish Socialist Voice (the party's newspaper) as being amongst those "plotting." Mr Fox had then appealed to Mrs Drummond and her sister to stay as members of the SSP "to help him' to do that. Mr Sheridan then asked Mrs Drummond if she was sure that Colin Fox had said Mr Sheridan had made no admissions to the Executive, the witness replied "definitely"
Mr Sheridan then asked Mrs Drummond how this meeting had ended. The witness stated that they had not commented because, "I thought Colin, in my opinion, was not a great leader" and that she had doubted his ability to carry through what he had promised. Mr Sheridan then asked the witness if she had "formed an impression" of the state of the SSP at this time and if she believed it was a unified organisation. Mrs Drummond replied "definitely not" and that the party was divided into factions and that "people, in my opinion, were out to get you."
Mr Sheridan then brought into evidence another incident that has been discussed in court, (see Here) and asked if Mrs Drummond had ever had any reason to take action over Keith Baldassara. The witness then told the court about an incident, also in May 2006, when after a meeting she and her sister had been approached by Mr Baldassara and George McNeilage who she said had been "shouting and bawling" at them and had called her sister a "stupid f*cking bitch" actions which she said had left her scared and intimidated. She had then, along with her sister, written a letter of complaint to the SSP which she gave to Ritchie Venton, the Glasgow organiser and Alan Green, the then National secretary of the SSP. Mr Sheridan asked Mrs Drummond what the outcome of this complaint was. The witness told the court she had never heard anything further adding "they did nothing, ignoring the membership was no great surprise " Mr Sheridan concluded his evidence in chief by asking the witness if she had told the truth in court today, which she said she had. With that Mr Sheridan returned to his seat in the dock and Alex Prentice QC, the Advocate Depute, rose to question the witness on behalf of the Crown.
Mr Prentice began by asking the witness how long she had been a member of the SSP, and if she had held any positions within the party. The witness responded that she had been a member from 2004 until 2006 and had been a branch secretary and a minute secretary. Mr Prentice then asked if the witness agreed that minutes of a meeting were important and that they should be "preserved as a record of what happened at a particular meeting" Mrs Drummond stated that she did agree that minutes should be preserved, "once ratified." Mr Prentice then put it to the witness that one should never destroy minutes and that it was "wrong to get rid of a record" Mrs Drummond again replied that ratified minuted should not be destroyed.
Mr Prentice then showed the court a motion, passed by the he Cardonald branch of the SSP of which Mrs Drummond was a member, which called on the SSP executive to note that every member was "entitled to a private life" and demanded that any records or minutes that mention a "comrade's" private life to be "immediately destroyed." Mrs Drummond replied that she did not regard the purported minute of the 9/11/04 meeting of the SSP executive as a "proper minute" to which Mr Prentice responded that since she was not at that meeting so "could not know." Mrs Drummond was then asked what happened to this motion. The witness replied that it was taken to an SSP regional council but was not debated.
Mr Prentice finished his cross-examination by putting it to Mrs Drummond that in fact Colin Fox had not told her that Mr Sheridan had made no admissions of attending a sex club at the 9/11/04 executive meeting. Mrs Drummond replied "of course he did" and with that the Advocate Depute ended his questions. Mr Sheridan declined the opportunity to re-examine the witness so Mrs Drummond was allowed to step down from the witness box.