Electoral Court to hear Carmichael case on 9th November

The Electoral Court, with Judges Lady Paton and Lord Matthews presiding, will hear the case against former Scottish Secretary and Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael at the Edinburgh Court of Session on 9th November 2015. The hearing is expected to take four day and will see the return to combat of QC’s Roddy Dunlop for Mr Carmichael and Jonathan Mitchell for the petitioners.

The case revolves around Mr Carmichael’s admitted approval –  as Scottish Secretary – of the leaking, during the 2015 UK General Election campaign,  of a document of doubtful reliability which impugned the strategic purity of Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

The issue is whether or not Mr Carmichael’s action can be legally construed as having been taken in order to support his personal electoral chances as Liberal Democrat candidate for the Orkney and Shetland seat in the same election.

If it can be so construed, as the petitioners argued, Mr Carmichael could be held to be in breach of the Representation of the People Act.

In the event, Mr Carmichael was returned to the seat – with a substantially reduced majority and the loss of the Shetland element of the vote, which was won by the SNP.

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  • Good to see Shetland and Orkney folk standing up for what is right and proper. The rest of Scotland supports you.

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    No Cheese Here October 13, 2015 12:38 am Reply
    • NCH, using your own words, these are all incomers, you seem to change your mind dependent on wind direction.

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      Richard October 13, 2015 5:25 am Reply
  • Depends where you lying apologists are standing! Lol

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    No Cheese Here October 13, 2015 10:16 am Reply
    • It’s a non event.you of all people should know that.

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      Richard October 13, 2015 10:15 pm Reply
      • To appear in court after admitting you already lied is not a non-event although there will be a few Tories and lib dems hoping it will all go away!!
        I take it you will be on of the deniers!
        Hope its on the tele!

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        No Cheese Here October 14, 2015 4:21 pm Reply
        • NCH, you really are out of touch, Carmichael didn’t appear in court and it was televised, as I said a non event when compared to others.

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          Richard October 14, 2015 5:53 pm Reply
          • Richard I am referring to the forthcoming court appearance you plonker. If it is such a non event you sure like commenting and defending the lying Carmichael. Are you his back carrier? OBN for you!!

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            No Cheese Here October 15, 2015 11:03 pm
  • Funny I expected all the ukippy’s defending Carmichael. Maybe there is hope for them yet too embarrassed to support the lying Carmichaels lying memo. Look forward to see wullie rennie, mundell in the dock if allowed. Carmichael will be forced to stand down before that happens. Wee Lairdy McTavish will see to that.

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    No Cheese Here October 13, 2015 10:04 pm Reply
  • The people versus Carmichael, Indiegogo. If you can afford it make sure you send a few pounds. Any unused funds will be dispersed to Scottish food bank charities.
    No one should be represented by a dishonest person in Parliament without the opportunity to change that situation. That’s why people of all political hues are supporting this action to have Carmichael held accountable for his despicable conduct.

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    Murdoch MacKenzie October 14, 2015 6:05 pm Reply
    • On the food banks issue, it’s hard to understand why, in connection with the Named Person clause, the Scottish Government is to introduce a scrutiny of parents to make sure that every four year knows how to ride a bike – and if they don’t, that is going to count against the assessment of the parent/s’ ability to assure the wellbeing of their child/children.
      The consequences of this negative are unknown.
      Having majored on the very worrying extent of the use of food banks in Scotland, how does the Scottish Government imagine that all parents are going to be able to afford a bike, cycling lessons [and possibly both] for their sub-four year old?
      There seems to be no joined-up or intelligent thinking here at all. Just a load of nanny-state zealots let loose with an obsession for which the very substantial majority of children who are at no risk whatsoever, their families and their family relationships will pay – and, not impossibly pay prices at a level none of us wish to contemplate.
      In the meantime, how can parents in Scotland who cannot afford to feed their families, be expected to buy bicycles and be marked down as failing parents if they cannot?

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      newsroom October 14, 2015 8:10 pm Reply
  • To all of those who have bought into the SNP’s poor governance:

    http://new.spectator.co.uk/2015/10/centralising-illiberal-catastrophic-the-snps-one-party-state/

    Enjoy….

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    Karl Hughes October 15, 2015 4:27 pm Reply
  • Hugh Jazz et al – this should help to cheer you all up

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/dec/09/alistair-carmichael-lib-dem-election-court-throws-out-attempt-to-unseat-mp

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    John M December 9, 2015 10:50 am Reply

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