Dear Orkney News,
Voters in Orkney and Shetland have, since news emerged at the weekend, been dismayed – if not entirely surprised – to hear that their recently re-elected MP, Alistair Carmichael, has accepted a donation of £10,000 from Indian billionaire Sudhir Choudhrie.
The businessman and his son Bhanu were arrested in 2014 during an investigation into allegations of bribery at Rolls Royce.
While both men were released without charge, it seems odd that Mr Carmichael, who claims to be serious about cracking down on arms exports to war zones like the Ukraine, would take handouts from a man who could well have links to any kind of arms trade.
Such a donation at least helps explain the volume of Lib Dem leaflets able to be delivered to households in the Northern Isles in comparison to that from any other party or candidate.
As their elected representative at Westminster, I would suggest to Mr Carmichael that he owes the folk in Orkney and Shetland a full and honest explanation as to why he is happy to accept cash from someone who has been investigated in these circumstances.
Robert Leslie, Orkney