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Tommy Sheridan file revealed

Issue No. 2311

Tommy Sheridan has revealed he was kept under surveillance by the Consulting Association blacklisting company for 14 years.

This covered the time when he was a councillor and then a member of the Scottish Parliament.

Tommy’s blacklist file, recently disclosed by the Information Commissioners Office, relates to times when he had supported campaigns connected to the construction industry.

This includes his visits to picket lines involving construction workers and his advocacy of improved working conditions.

It was thought the blacklist only covered construction workers. But recently released files prove the Consulting Association also spied on academics, journalists, lawyers and elected politicians on behalf of the 44 largest building contractors in Britain.

Tommy Sheridan is the first elected politician to confirm he was spied on and featured on the blacklist.

Tommy’s file records his support for striking electricians in 2000 and of protests against the M77 extension through woodland and wildlife areas in his constituency.

One entry relates to a time he assisted constituents to get jobs as security guards on a Beazer Homes construction project. It falsely claims that he was going to be given one of the council houses under construction.

Other information on the file comes from press cuttings, while some was supplied by multinational construction giant Skanska.

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Tue 10 Jul 2012, 18:01 BST
Issue No. 2311
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