Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, has reacted with concern to media reports that nine Russian donors to the Conservative Party are named in an unpublished Government report on election interference by Russia. The report outlines attempts to influence UK elections by Russia, but the Government has said it will not release the documents before the national vote on 12 December.
Commenting, Mr. Carmichael said:
"Like Donald Trump, Boris Johnson increasingly appears to have a Russia problem. There is no good reason for the Intelligence and Security Committee not to be published. For as long as it remains unpublished the suspicion will be that there is a bad reason for this.
"It is a simple reality that Putin's government is trying to spread disinformation and disruption in Western countries, including by supporting “useful” politicians."
"The Vote Leave campaign, led by Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings, broke electoral law with its financing during the Brexit referendum in 2016. If the reports today are true, it suggests that they have learned the wrong lessons from their destructive campaign.
"When nine Russian donors to the Conservative party are believed to be named in a UK Government report on election interference, it goes beyond mere coincidence. If the Prime Minister wants to dispel the growing concern around the country about how his Conservative party is funded, he must immediately release the report in full."