“When the story broke, I was completely shocked,” said MacInnes from her home in Orkney.
“I thought he must resign and there must be a by-election. We’ve become a bit desensitised with the expenses scandal. The currency of public life has been debased. But this is about my right as a constituent in Orkney to know the truth about my representative.
“To say I am deeply disappointed would be putting it mildly. We’ve been very humbled by the generosity of so many people. It’s been heartening that people care about the morality of our politicians.”