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In quotes: Tommy Sheridan jailed

Tommy Sheridan outside court, before he was sentenced
Image caption Tommy Sheridan has now been taken to Barlinnie prison in Glasgow

Former MSP Tommy Sheridan has been jailed for three years after being convicted of perjury.

The former leader of the Scottish Socialist Party lied on oath when he sued the News of the World for defamation in 2006.

He won £200,000 from the paper after it claimed he was an adulterer who had visited a swingers' club.

Here are quotes in reaction to Sheridan's sentencing.

Trial judge, Lord Bracadale

On any view you were a highly effective and hard working politician.

You supported individuals in the community; both in the parliament and in the street, you were able to use your undoubted powers of oratory to press home your cause; you led the Scottish Socialist Party to considerable electoral success; and your contributions to the anti-poll tax campaign and the abolition of warrant sales will become part of the fabric of Scottish social and political history.

By pursuing, and persisting in the pursuit of, a defamation action against the proprietors of the News of the World you brought the walls of the temple crashing down not only on your own head but also on the heads of your family and your political friends and foes alike.

You were repeatedly warned by the comrades that it would come to this.

Tommy Sheridan, statement read by his solicitor Aamer Anwar

This multi million-pound prosecution will separate me from my wife and child and that will be heartbreaking.

But I will continue to fight a system that protects the real criminals - the rich and powerful.

I have today instructed my solicitor to lodge an appeal against conviction.

But also to launch legal action against the News of the World, the Metropolitan Police and Glenn Mulcaire over phone hacking.

In addition my solicitors will begin to contact a dossier of Scottish names handed to them of those whose phones may have been hacked.

Andy Coulson may have resigned for the second time but if he and others are not above the law then it is time that they faced justice.

That chapter is yet to be written.

Tommy Sheridan's wife Gail

Tommy has dedicated his life to helping others.

The real reason why he's been imprisoned today is because he has fought injustice and inequality with every beat of his heart.

But it won't be long before Tommy is back stronger and continuing the fight.

Frances Curran and Colin Fox, former Sheridan colleagues and MSPs

Today's proceedings finally end the ill-advised action Tommy Sheridan initiated six years ago in suing a tabloid over allegations he knew to be true.

He alone is responsible for where he sleeps tonight, no-one else. He pursued legal action full in the knowledge he would lie in court.

He asked his closest political allies and friends to join him in that crazy strategy and then turned on us because we refused.

He still shows no sign of taking responsibility for his own actions.

News of the World spokesman

This is a just outcome to a long and complex criminal case.

Today's sentence also provides closure for the many witnesses who very bravely exposed their own lives to public scrutiny when they testified to Mr Sheridan's guilt.

Mr Sheridan has been jailed for lying to a court to secure victory when he sued the News of the World for defamation in 2006.

At the time he was an elected member of the Scottish Parliament. As we have made clear, we have an appeal lodged against that defamation verdict and we now look forward to that appeal succeeding in Scotland's Court of Session.

Solidarity, Sheridan's party founded in 2006

Solidarity will continue to give our full backing and support and backing to Tommy, and in particular to Gail Sheridan and the family at this difficult time.

Neither Tommy Sheridan nor Solidarity will be broken. We stand, as always, in solidarity.

Solidarity condemns as barbaric and draconian the sentence imposed today on Tommy Sheridan.

We believe the lengthy jail term imposed by the judge is vindictive.

It will reinforce the widespread view that this is the culmination of a brutal vendetta carried out by the rich and powerful against Scotland's most prominent socialist.

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