Alistair Carmichael election legal challenge fails
9 December 2015
From the section Scotland
A legal action challenging the election of Lib Dem Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael has failed.
Four constituents raised the action against Mr Carmichael under the Representation of the People Act 1983.
They claimed he misled voters over a memo which was leaked before May’s general election.
The petition was refused after judges ruled it had not been proven beyond reasonable doubt that he had committed an “illegal practice”.
The contents of the memo, published in the Daily Telegraph at the start of the election campaign in April, claimed that SNP leader and Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, would secretly prefer Tory leader David Cameron as prime minister rather than his Labour opponent Ed Miliband.
Source:: BBC UK