Controversial politician Tommy Sheridan has turned pop star – in a new music video.
Sheridan, 50, makes a cameo appearance as a stern schoolteacher in the promo for ‘Pretty Boys’, the new single from Scottish indie rockers The Banter Thiefs.
He agreed to the unpaid part after the up-and-coming band contacted him online.
Bass player Derek Watson, 24, said: “We started following Tommy on Twitter and when he followed us back we decided to make contact.
“We had a chat and he was happy to get involved. He was great. ”
Tommy said his part of the shoot – a flashback to the lads’ school days – only took about an hour, and he went along with wife Gail and daughter Gabrielle.
He said: “The lads contacted me and I was happy to help out.
“I’m always in favour of helping out young people and it was just a case of showing up and doing my part.
“They’re a great bunch of lads and I think they’ll do well, although my music tastes are more Rod Stewart and Carly Simon, that era.”
The group also persuaded former head of the Scottish Football League David Longmuir and Scots YouTube sensation Tandoori Tony to take walk-on parts in the video.
The song is available for digital download later this week.
Sheridan was jailed for three years for perjury in 2011 after lying during his successful defamation case against the News of the World in 2006.
The newspaper had claimed that the socialist politician was an adulterer who had visited a swingers’ club.