Orkney and Shetland voters should get the final say on Carmichael

John Finnie has called on Alistair Carmichael to consider his position after a court found that the Lib Dem MP lied to voters during the UK General Election campaign earlier this year.

Although Carmichael was found not guilty of the specific offence under the Representation of the People Act, the court found that he had been guilty of a “blatant lie” for the purposes of improving his chances of re-election.

The MP for Orkney and Shetland lied about a civil service memo which described, second-hand, a discussion between Nicola Sturgeon and the French Ambasssador to the UK. Mr Carmichael ordered his special advisor to leak the memo to the Daily Telegraph, and later claimed that he had no knowledge of the memo or the leak.

John said:

“A lie is a lie. Whatever the result of this case was going to be, Mr Carmichael’s integrity was shot to pieces when he admitted after the election that he had lied, not only to his constituents, but to the whole country.

“I believe Mr Carmichael should seriously consider his position following this hairsplit decision by the court. Perhaps he wants to consider resigning and go into a by-election to allow him to face his constituents with the full facts and the opportunity to regain their support.”

You can read the summary of the court’s damning verdict here, and the full judgement here.