Legal bid to overturn the election of Alistair Carmichael begins in Scotland


Court action has commenced in a legal bid to overturn the result of the Orkney and Shetland constituency at the 2015 General Election.

The contest was won by Alistair Carmichael and was the only constituency on by the Liberal Democrats in Scotland. The complaint to the electoral court was made by four constituents who claimed that Carmichael has misled the electorate.

Although Carmichael admitted to the illegal leaking of a Government document his legal team said that the claim was “irrelevant”. Carmichael has represented the constituency since 2001 and served as the Secretary of State for Scotland from 2013 until 2015.