The mother of the former MSP, Tommy Sheridan, has said her son would happily sacrifice himself by serving a year in prison in return for the demise of the News of the World.
Speaking to Anne Simpson in the Sunday Herald, Alice Sheridan is quoted, as saying: “If anybody had suggested to Tommy: 'You do a year in prison and when you come out there'll be no News of the World,' he'd have said: 'I'll take that deal.'”
It follows the release from prison last month of Tommy Sheridan, after being found guilty of perjury during a previous case: a defamation hearing by Sheridan against the News of the World, which was last year closed down amid allegations of phone-hacking.
On Friday, it was announced there will be soon a Sunday edition of the News of the World's sister title, The Sun.