Sheridan perjury investigations cost over £1million

The police investigation into allegations of perjury in former Scottish Socialist MSP Tommy Sheridan's defamation case has cost more than £1 million, it has been claimed.

The Solidarity party said figures obtained from Lothian and Borders' Police under the Freedom of Information Act also revealed that 40,000 hours of police officers' time had been taken up by the inquiry.

The party, which is led by Mr Sheridan, said this was money and manpower which "could have been better placed elsewhere".

Sheridan probe 'cost more than £1m' (The Press Association, 26 February 2008)