“Ministers Need to hear the reality of Benefits System” - Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland has called on Government Ministers to stop inflicting hardship by stopping benefits where good reasons exist for missed appointments.

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"Broadband roll out must be driven from the community up" says Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael MP for the Northern Isles today addressed a round table event on providing rural communities with super fast broadband. Also in attendance were Mims Davies MP, the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Matt Hancock, the Minister for the Digital Economy, the Federation of Small Businesses and several alternative digital infrastructure providers.

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“Budget reveals how out of touch the Government is” – Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, has criticised the Government for their out of touch budget that will hit self employed people with a tax rise.

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More certainty needed for fishermen over Brexit – Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for the Northern Isles, has called on the Government to clarify their commitment to safeguarding UK Fishermen in the negotiation on exiting the European Union. 

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Carmichael Calls for Spirits duty cut

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland has called for a 2% cut in spirit duty to support the Scotch Whisky industry. Mr. Carmichael made the call in a letter to Philip Hammond ahead of the Spring Budget Statement on 8 March.

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Carmichael: Cuts to bereavement benefits are callous and cruel

Alistair Carmichael, Orkney and Shetland MP, has today hit out at the UK Government’s proposed changes to bereavement benefits, branding them "callous and cruel."

From April 2017 the Bereavement Support Payment replaces the three-tier system of Bereavement Payment, Bereavement Allowance and Widowed Parent's Allowance. However, experts have warned that under the new rules families could be thousands of pounds worse off.

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“Industrial Strategy may offer way ahead for renewable energy” Carmichael tells Wave and Tidal Conference

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, yesterday told delegates at the UK’s 2017 Wave and Tidal Energy Conference that renewable energy had the opportunity to thrive, if the Government’s industrial strategy did the right things. Mr. Carmichael spoke and answered questions with other MPs at the event.  As well as speaking about the leading role that Orkney has taken in the industry he drew delegates' attention to the future role that marine renewables could play.

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“Guantanamo Bay makes us all less safe” – Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, today called for the UK Government to clarify whether it will support Guantanamo Bay remaining open in the aftermath of the news that Jamal Al-Harith, who was held and tortured in the detention camp for two years, without charge, had become radicalised and joined ISIL, and committed a suicide attack in Mosul earlier this month.

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Trump State Visit Makes UK Look “Desperate and Craven” - Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for the Northern Isles, spoke out against the Trump state visit in a debate on the Public petition against the visit.

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“Home Secretary can and must do more for unaccompanied child refugees” says Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for the Northern Isles, today demanded further action from the Home Secretary to ensure Britain takes unaccompanied child refugees where they have families in the UK. Speaking about the Dublin regulations, a set of EU rules which determine the member state responsible for an asylum application process, Mr. Carmichael asked the Home Secretary to use the discretionary sections to ensure that any refugees with families in the UK could be reunited.

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