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Assistant: Scrawled out diary entry could have said ‘Cupid’

The personal and parliamentary diaries of Tommy Sheridan were shown to the High Court in Glasgow yesterday.

Felicity Garvie, 55, a former parliamentary assistant to Sheridan when he was an MSP, was shown a number of his diaries dated from October 3, 2001. A brown personal diary was shown to the court along with a number of red parliamentary diaries which bore his personal MSP number.

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The jury was shown an entry from October 3, 2001, in which the word “Cupid” appeared to have been scribbled out, followed by a number which began with the Manchester dialling code.

Ms Garvie, who works at Dundee University as a project manager, said the entry was recorded in Sheridan’s handwriting, saying: “It’s scrawled out but it could be Cupid.”

The Manchester telephone number was mentioned again in the diary, alongside the name of a man and the address of Sutherland Street, Swinton.

Occasions when Sheridan’s wife Gail was away from home were recorded a number of times. An entry on November 20, 2001, shown to the court read: “STUC Womens Conf, Gail away 20-28th.”

The witness said that the letter “G” in entries usually referred to Sheridan’s wife.

The diary recorded that she was on jury service on October 12, 2004, with several other mentions of “G” being in London.

The emergency SSP meeting on November 9, 2004, was called to discuss newspaper allegations about the accused, was also noted.

It read: “Special EC mtg -- discussed resignation. Agreed to accept.”

The diaries detailed a number of meetings, rallies and public addresses made by Sheridan across the country during his time as MSP.

Ms Garvie said that the parliamentary diaries were kept in an unlocked drawer in an open plan office at parliament.

Paul McBride QC, who is representing Gail Sheridan, put to the witness: “There is no doubt that Tommy Sheridan was a hard-working MSP?” Ms Garvie said that was definitely the case.

Mr McBride continued: “Whatever your politics he worked hard for the people of Scotland?” Ms Garvie said that was the case.

Mr McBride added: “During his time in office he’s been involved in a number of campaigns almost too numerous to mention? We have someone who appears to have been working pretty flat out for the people of the country?”

The witness replied: “I wouldn’t deny that.”

Mr McBride suggested to the court that when people look at the diaries of others, there could be an element of confusion.

The trial continues.

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