The final defence witness called on Friday was Irene Lang. Ms Lang told the court she had been employed as a child development officer for the last twenty one years and had been married for fifteen years. Mr Sheridan asked the witness about her political background, Ms Lang replied that she had been involved in politics in her early twenties and had briefly been a member of Scottish Militant Labour but had "fallen away" from politics after that. The witness went on to tell the court that in 2004 she had been involved in a strike by Glasgow nursery nurses and had phoned the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) for support. Ms Lang went on that Mr Sheridan arrived at the picket line the next day and during the course of the fourteen week strike Mr Sheridan had been at the picket line "almost every day" and had donated his earnings for a column in the Scottish Daily Mirror to the strike fund. The witness told the court that this had "inspired her to be active again" and she had joined the SSP in 2004.
Mr Sheridan then asked Ms Lang about a meeting between her, her sister Joyce Drummond and McCardy in a cafe in Edinburgh in May 2006 with then SSP convener Colin Fox. The witness was asked what the purpose of the meeting was, and she replied that Mr Fox wished to discuss concerns he had about the actions of people in the SSP. Ms Lang went on to tell that court that at the meeting Colin Fox had, she claimed, stated that there was a "plot" by people to "get you" and had further told them that Mr Sheridan "had made no admissions of at the EC meeting" [of 9/11/04] and indeed had denied visiting a "Sex club" The witness then told the court that Mr Fox had told the group that he wanted "to clear out the executive the SSY and the Voice and asked if we would help him." Mr Sheridan then asked what the conclusion of the meeting was, Ms Lang replied that we "didn't say one way or the other."
Mr Sheridan then asked Ms Lang about an alleged incident that took place after an SSP meeting in May 2006 involving previous Crown witness Keith Baldassara. Ms Lang told the court that at the meeting she had spoken about "not being happy" about the attitude the party was taking to Mr Sheridan and that afterwards Mr Baldassara had approached her "being abusive and shouting" and had called her a "stupid f*cking bitch" which she had found "frightening." The witness went in to tell the court that she had, along with her sister Joyce Drummond, written a letter of complaint about this incident to Alan Green and Ritchie Venton and added that as far as she knew there was no investigation into this incident and that "no-one ever got back to us" Mr Sheridan concluded his evidence in chief by reminding the witness that she had affirmed to tell the truth and asking if she had, Ms Lang replied that she had.
Alex Prentice QC, the Advocate Depute then rose to begin his cross-examination and began by asking the witness what the purpose of her alleged meeting with Colin Fox was. Ms Lang responded that "he had asked to meet with us" and repeated her previous statement that at the meeting Mr Fox had stated his intention to "clear out the executive, the SSY and the Voice." Mr Prentice asked if Mr Fox had said anything about his forthcoming testimony at the defamation case between Tommy Sheridan and the News of the World (which was due to start in July that year) and Ms Lang said Colin Fox had said he was going to "tell the truth" and say Tommy Sheridan had made no admissions at the 9/11/04 meeting. Mr Prentice put it to the witness that "the truth is he did not say Tommy Sheridan denied the allegations" to which Ms Lang replied "no."
Mr Prentice then asked the witness if she had written a letter to a judge, Lady Smith in May 2006. The witness confirmed that the Cardonald branch of the SSP had in May 2006 and that this was a letter of apology for the branch's motion demanding that the party destroy any documents or minutes relating to Mr Sheridan's "private life" if they existed. Mr Prentice asked what the branch had meant by this motion, to which Ms Lang replied that they had not meant it "literally" and instead were "trying to send a message to the executive." Mr Prentice queried the assertion the motion was not to be taken "literally" asking "what else could it possibly mean?" Ms Lang insisted again that the intention was to "send a message to the executive." Mr Prentice put it to the witness that there were no 'hidden meanings" in the motion and that it amounted to "Cardonald branch calling on the executive to destroy the minutes" Ms Lang said that "that was not our intention" Mr Prentice then moved to return to his seat, but turned back and asked the witness "who else was a member of Cardonald branch" Ms Lang replied "Me, Joyce Drummond, Tommy Sheridan, Gail Sheridan.." and was then interrupted by Mr Prentice who said "that's enough, thank you" and then returned to his seat. Mr Sheridan then left the dock to re-examine the witness.
Mr Sheridan began by asking the witness when the motion discussed by the prosecution had been passed by Cardonald branch had been passed, Ms Lang replied "May 2006" The witness then told the court that she had voted for the motion but not written it. Mr Sheridan then asked the witness if Mr Fox had said anything about minutes at their supposed meeting in Edinburgh the same month. Ms Lang said he had told them "he had never seen any minutes from the 9th November." Mr Sheridan concluded by asking Ms Lang if they had delivered their letter of apology to Lady Smith to anyone. Ms Lang said they had taken it to Lady Smith's court but as she was not there that day had given it to her clerk along with their telephone numbers. Mr Sheridan asked if anyone had ever contacted them about the letter of apology, Ms Lang replied "no."
With that Mr Sheridan returned to the dock and Ms Lang was permitted to leave the witness box. The court then rose for the day with the defence case due to continue on Monday morning.