Brain tumour inquiry will help improve our understanding – Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, has called on individuals who have been impacted by brain tumours to participate in a new inquiry into the cost of the disease. The inquiry has been launched by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Brain Tumours, of which Mr. Carmichael is the Vice Chair.

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Wind Chill must play a part in Cold Weather Payments – Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for the Northern Isles, has challenged the Government to look again at the criteria for cold weather payments, so that it includes wind chill. Currently cold weather payments, which are made to support people on benefits including pension credit, to help them heat their homes during particularly cold spells, is only triggered when the temperature is forecast to be, or is recorded as being, zero degrees or below for seven consecutive days.

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Carmichael to call for VAT cut for tourism industry as part of National B&B day

Alistair Carmichael, MP for the Northern Isles, will use  National B&B day, Saturday 24 March, to renew his calls for a cut in VAT on the tourism industry. The day, which has been organised by the Bed and Breakfast Association, is a reminder of the role B&Bs play in rural, island  and coastal communities.  As part of the day, Mr. Carmichael will visit two B&Bs in Orkney to speak and listen to their owners about the challenges and benefits of running a B&B.

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Carmichael leads the Commons charge on fisheries deal

Alistair Carmichael led a debate in the House of Commons on the fisheries deal between the Government and the EU. The debate, started by an urgent question, secured by Mr. Carmichael, focused on the announcement from David Davis and Michel Barnier on the terms for the UK’s transition deal. The agreement will see the UK remain a member of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) until the end of the transition deal, despite assurances from the Government that the UK would leave the CFP when the UK leaves the EU in 2019.

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Fishermen let down by Government negotiations – Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, has criticised the Government for failing to deliver on promises made to the fishing industry about their future post-Brexit. The Brexit implementation period deal has committed the UK to remaining part of the Common Fisheries Policy, despite a commitment Mr. Carmichael secured from the Prime Minister in October last year where she said: “When we leave the European Union, we will leave the common fisheries policy.”

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Carmichael Demands Investment in Hospitals, Schools and Police

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has called on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to increase investment in public services as part of the Spring Budget. Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr. Carmichael has called on the Chancellor to recognise the need for further investment in hospitals, schools and the police.

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has called on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to increase investment in public services as part of the Spring Budget. Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr. Carmichael has called on the Chancellor to recognise the need for further investment in hospitals, schools and the police.

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Plastics in our sea must be tackled – Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, the MP for Orkney and Shetland, has again challenged the Government to take bolder steps to tackle the levels of plastic pollution in the sea. Rising levels of plastic in the Arctic ice have been mirrored by rising levels of plastic found in the stomach of marine animals, as well as rising numbers of creatures washing up on beaches tangled in plastic and nets.

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“PDO’s must be maintained post-Brexit” says Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for the Northern Isles, has again sought assurances from the Government that protected designations of Origin (PDOs), a system for guaranteeing that the product you are buying is from the place named in that product, are maintained post-Brexit. In the UK, PDOs cover many things like, Scotch Whisky, Stilton Cheese, Scotch Beef, and many other things. The framework for these PDOs is EU based, and when the UK ceases to be a member of the EU, PDOs will cease to be a legally guaranteed designation in the UK.

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Government must support refugee reunification says Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, has today called on the Prime Minister to support a Parliamentary Bill on Refugee Family Reunification, which is being debated next Friday. Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr. Carmichael endorsed Angus MacNeil’s Bill and called on the Prime Minister to do the same.

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Post-Brexit Animal Welfare Must be Evidence-Based Says Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, called for an evidence-based approach to post-Brexit animal welfare regulation in a parliamentary debate on live animal exportation yesterday. Mr Carmichael also set out questions that he felt the government would need to answer in putting forward a plan for future regulations.

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