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Alistair Carmichael 'won't resign' over leaked memo

Liberal Democrat MP and former Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael, who is at the centre of a row over a leaked memo, has told ITV News that he will not resign over the issue.

But Mr Carmichael still faces anger over his admission that he sanctioned the release of the document during the election campaign about the SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and her alleged preference for Prime Minister.

ITV News correspondent Martin Geissler reports:

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Police look into complaint over Carmichael memo leak

Police have confirmed they are looking into a complaint made against Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael over his involvement in a leaked memo about SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "We can confirm that a complaint has been received and inquiries are ongoing to establish whether there is any criminality."

Commons 'would be emptied fast if every lying MP was sacked'

If every MP that lied was subsequently sacked, the House of Commons would be emptied "very fast", the former deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats has said.

Sir Malcolm Bruce at the Scottish Liberal Democrats Spring Conference in March. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Sir Malcolm Bruce made the comments in a defence of party colleague Alistair Carmichael, who has faced calls for his resignation over a leaked memo alleging Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon privately wanted David Cameron to win the General Election.

Carmichael, the only remaining Lib Dem MP in Scotland, has apologised to Sturgeon and the French ambassador to the UK after the Cabinet Office found he bore responsibility for the sharing of the document with the Telegraph.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Sir Malcolm said: "If you're suggesting every MP who has never quite told the truth or indeed told a brazen lie, including ministers, including Cabinet ministers, including prime ministers, we'd clear out the House of Commons very fast, I would suggest."

Questioned further on the apparent claim that lying in public life was widespread, he said: "No. Well, yes - I think the answer is lots of people have told lies and you know that to be perfectly true."

"But Alistair has taken consequences. He has apologised. He's indicated had he been a minister he would resign. He's forfeited his severance pay," he added.

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Colonel: Quintinshill rail disaster 'difficult to accept'

Retired Colonel of Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Martin Gibson said he is very proud of the men who lost their live in the Quintinshill rail disaster.

He told ITV News: "We are very proud of the men who gave their lives, even before they got to war. That is the thing we find terribly difficult to accept."

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