Andy Coulson
Andy Coulson will go on trial for perjury on April 21Getty

Andy Coulson will stand trial in Scotland on a charge of perjury related to the trial of former Scottish MP Tommy Sheridan and his wife Gail.

The former Downing Street communications director and editor of the now-defunct News Of The World is due to appear at the High Court in Edinburgh on 21 April.

The charge relates to the perjury trial of Sheridan, who was accused of lying on oath when he won £200,000 from the News Of The World in a defamation action in 2006.

Coulson was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment at the Old Bailey in July 2014 following an eight-month trial.

David Cameron's former communications chief was found guilty of conspiring to intercept voicemails between 2000 and 2006. He was released in November on license and has been in home detention.

Five defendants - including Rebekah Brooks - were cleared of all charges relating to phone hacking.