Liberal Democrat MP for Orkney and Shetland Alistair Carmichael …. has lost a bid to have his legal fees paid following a failed challenge to his election in the wake of the Frenchgate affair. In last year’s landmark case, four of his constituents raised an action against him under the Representation of the People Act 1983 in the Election Court.They argued he had misled voters over a leaked memo before the general election. But judges ruled in December last year that it was not proven beyond reasonable doubt Mr Carmichael had committed an “illegal practice”.Nevertheless, he will now have to pay his own legal fees. At a hearing in theCourt of Session, Lady Paton said: “In all the circumstances, exercising our discretion, we consider this to be in effect a case with divided success.