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    Alistair Camichael's Constituents Are Raising £60,000 To Get Rid Of Him

    Many constituents are angry about the Lib Dem MP's role in the leaking of a memo about Nicola Sturgeon.

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    A protest against Alistair Carmichael in Orkney last week.

    A group of Alistair Carmichael's constituents is attempting to raise £60,000 to take him to court over a leaked memo about Nicola Sturgeon.

    Carmichael, the recently re-elected Lib Dem MP for Orkney and Shetland, gave permission for one of his adviser's to leak a document which wrongly suggest Nicola Sturgeon wanted David Cameron to remain prime minister at this month's election.

    The former Scottish secretary has rejected calls for him to resign over the memo, but now a group of his constituents are crowdfunding tens of thousands of pounds in an attempt to force him out.

    The organiser of the campaign, which has raised over £30,000 so far, told BuzzFeed News local reaction to the events has ranged from "extreme anger to bitter disappointment".

    "Most people, in my experience, don't lie, and, for most people in this community, your honour is your bond," said Fiona McInnes, who lives on Orkney. "I know it's old fashioned, but that's what it's like here – people feel disappointment and shame, they're reflecting it on themselves for voting for him."

    Many SNP voters, whose party came narrowly behind the Lib Dems in Orkney earlier this month, have funded the campaign and shared things like this on social media to increase the pressure on Carmichael.

    Being a clandestine member of 30 pro-indy groups has ruined Facebook for me, but it does throw up stuff like this.

    But McInnes said support for her campaign comes from all parties, including people who voted for Carmichael just a few weeks ago. McInnes accepts Carmichael had, up until now, been "a very good MP", but thinks he has been led astray by Westminster politics.

    "He and the Liberals were incredibly naïve to go into coalition with the Conservative party, and this whole sorry saga we're seeing trail down now is the result of that," she said.

    "We've become victims of a hunger for power, and [the Lib Dems] playing in a climate of Machiavellian politics in Westminster which is pretty dirty but is normal down there. "It's a sad thing to have happened, but it's not acceptable and there's a price to pay for it."

    That price would ideally be Carmichael's resignation, said McInnes, but, if he doesn't go, the £60,000 will be spent on legal fees to try to force him out starting with a petition which must be lodged by Friday.

    However, the exact nature of what court order can be brought against Carmichael is unclear.

    "It is complicated," said McInnes. "I'm assuming that will be laid out, but it would be silly of me to try to explain it. It's a range of things to do with his character and actions before and after the election, but I really can't give accurate details now."

    Until then, she will continue to spread the word about the crowdfunder and organise protests in Orkney and Shetland.

    "I think if our politicians lie and cover it up, during a democratic election, and they lie to people who are set to vote for them, I cannot see of a thing in modern democracy that is worse or more reprehensible," said McInnes.

    "Ordinary folk go around the streets trying to be honourable, trying to be good folk, and to have other people abusing that and abusing their role – especially an MP – that's why it's reached so many people."