23/02/2015 13:03 GMT | Updated 23/02/2015 13:59 GMT

Andy Coulson, Ex- Tory Spinner And News Of The World Boss, To Face Trial Days Before May Election

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Andy Coulson, former News of the World editor and the former spin doctor of British Prime Minister David Cameron

Former Downing Street director of communications Andy Coulson is expected to face trial in Scotland on a perjury charge. just a little over a fortnight before the May general election.

The 47-year-old is accused of committing perjury in the 2010 trial of former MSP Tommy Sheridan.

In a hearing at the High Court in Edinburgh today, Judge Lord Burns set a date for a trial to begin on April 21, 16 days before the nation goes to the polls.