The Independent candidate for Orkney and Shetland in the 2017 General Election, Stuart Hill, has refused to submit a return of his election expenses.
Stuart Hill said:
“Before the UK general election I notified the Prime Minister, the Electoral Commission, the returning officer, deputy returning officer and all the other candidates that the election was illegal because no Scottish court has heard any evidence that Shetland and Orkney are part of Scotland. Unless they can be proved to be part of Scotland, there can be no legal UK elections here.”
“Deputy returning officer. Jan Riise was the only one to reply. All he could do was raise some inconsequential points, but was unable to rebut anything in my Notice.”
“I got a reminder from Fiona Ratter at Orkney Islands Council of the deadline for the return of donations and expenses. I informed her that, because the election was illegal and a fraud on the people of Orkney and Shetland, I had no intention of compounding the fraud and would not be submitting any return. If this is an offence, it pales into insignificance beside that of holding of an illegal election.”
And Stuart Hill concluded his remarks saying:
“Not only was the election illegal, the result was null and void and Alistair Carmichael has absolutely no authority to act as a member of parliament”