In the Scottish Cringe Express today, we read:
Nationalist candidate Tom Wills came second to Lib Dem Beatrice Wishart in the poll, despite Nicola Sturgeon visiting the islands three times. Spending figures from the Electoral Commission show the SNP spent 99 per cent of the total allowed in the by-election, compared to less than 13 per cent of the total allowed in the Brexit poll.
Once more this Lib Dem feed story to the Scottish Nomedia is everywhere and reeks of hypocrisy. Remember the SNP spend was WITHIN the limit and legal. The Scottish Lib Dems, clearly scared by their experience, have been keen to undermine the SNP achievement in closing the gap so dramatically. However, we haven’t forgotten their track record of pushing the limits of legality in election spending. See these:
‘Cole-Hamilton submitted an expenses return declaring some expenses were national Lib Dem expenses – but these are missing from the Lib Dem expenditure return. Either Alex Cole-Hamilton wrongly declared that these expenses were party expenses or the Lib Dems have wrongly claimed that their return is correct.’
And in 2017:
‘The Electoral Commission is still investigating irregularities in 2015 general election expenses from the Lib Dems, Labour and the Conservatives, but focused mainly on the Tories.’
No mention of the SNP.