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The former Scottish socialist leader Tommy Sheridan is taking legal action against News International and Scotland Yard after his personal details emerged as part of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.
The disgraced former MSP has instructed his lawyers to pursue the NoW and the convicted private investigator Glenn Mulcaire for breach of privacy after details about his home address and mobile phone were found in two of Mulcaire’s notebooks in a police raid four years ago.
Sheridan is planning legal action against the Metropolitan police for failing to tell him he was on Mulcaire’s target list. He is the latest public figure to start proceedings in the hacking affair.
Sheridan is considering joining a separate judicial review against Scotland Yard being taken out jointly by a number of Mulcaire’s targets – including the former deputy prime minister John Prescott and the former Met assistant commissioner Brian Paddick – for failing to warn them they were suspected targets for phone hacking on behalf of the NoW.
Mulcaire’s documents naming Sheridan only came to light after his solicitor, Aamer Anwar, won a court order instructing the Met to release them in December 2009.
Anwar said: “Mr Sheridan wants to know who instructed the hacking, why wasn’t there a full and transparent investigation by the Metropolitan police and why wasn’t he informed. It wasn’t just one occasion: it’s on two separate occasions. This won’t be an action for damages; it’s an action to find out what went on. It’s in the public interest to find out what’s going on.”
This is from the Stealers Wheel album Ferguslie Park (1973) The vocal range is stunning. A rare Rafferty performance as there are no harmonies.
Cracking sax solo.
This one is from the eponymous Wheel album which featured Stuck in the Middle. Late Again features Joe Egan on lead vocal and Rafferty on harmonies.
There’s also this news report from the BBC (five minutes in) which includes film of David ‘Kid’ Jensen presenting Gerry with an award. He has the demeanour of a man dragged away from the bar to collect a raffle prize.