Carmichael challenges Government to create bespoke Islands Growth Deal funding

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, today challenged the Government in the House of Commons to ensure a strong and bespoke Islands Growth Deal.

Many across the UK have benefitted from Growth Deals but these have been designed around a sum of money related to population numbers. For the joint proposal by the Orkney, Shetland and Western Isles this would produce a sum of money that would not achieve any significant developments.

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Carmichael: Government must fully address Iran attack

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, today criticised the UK Government’s response to the US assassination of Qasem Soleimani and demanded a comprehensive response to the growing crisis. The killing of the Iranian military leader by a US airstrike in Iraq on Friday has led to rapidly escalating tensions and exchanges of threats by the two countries, while Iraqi MPs have held a non-binding vote to expel foreign troops, including from the UK.

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Alistair Carmichael comments on conclusion of EU fisheries negotiations

Reacting to the conclusion of end-of-year EU fisheries negotiations, Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael said:

“These reductions in catch quotas for cod in particular will be difficult for the whitefish fleet. It is to be hoped that they do not have knock on effects for other whitefish such as haddock.

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Fisheries talks must take local communities into account – Carmichael

Speaking as talks get underway in Brussels over 2020 fishing quotas, Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael has called for greater care to be taken over the impact of quota cuts to local communities. Quotas for North Sea cod were halved last week in the EU-Norway agreement, with a range of other quotas decreasing and increasing.

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Carmichael calls for all-party cooperation on Islands Growth Deal

Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, has called for all parties to work with local authorities and business groups to win the strongest possible "Islands Growth Deal" for Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles. Speaking while campaigning in Kirkwall, Mr. Carmichael said the bespoke growth plan, backed by national funding and developed jointly by the local authorities of Orkney, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides, was "the right way forward".

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International Human Rights Day a chance to stand with Hong Kong and others - Carmichael

Making a statement on International Human Rights Day, Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, has used the occasion to highlight the ongoing crisis in Hong Kong and the treatment of the Uighur people elsewhere in China. Hong Kong has seen continuing protests against attempted Government suppression of historical freedoms, while there is growing awareness of the Chinese internment of ethnic and religious minorities like the Uighur Muslims.

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"Bizarre incoherence" on Northern Ireland - Carmichael

Responding to contradictory reports between the Government and the Prime Minister on the status of check and controls between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, has condemned the "bizarre incoherence" of Boris Johnson's position. The Prime Minister has denied that there will be checks in the Irish Sea, despite saying previously that some checks would be needed. Noting that leading Scottish Conservatives have said that any special status for Northern Ireland would undermine the integrity of the United Kingdom, Mr. Carmichael argued that the situation was unsustainable.

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Carmichael condemns lack of clarity on fisheries negotiation

Commenting on the failure of the Conservative government to give direct answers on the status of foreign trawlers in UK waters after Brexit, Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, said the uncertainty was "unacceptable". The Conservatives have avoided discussing details of fisheries negotiations after Brexit but Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, said that access of foreign trawlers to UK waters would be "a subject of negotiation".

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Tory threats to democratic constitution are worrying - Carmichael

Responding to the reports that the Conservative manifesto includes plans to undermine legal oversight of the Government, Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, called the suggestions "authoritarian". The plans, outlined on page 48 of the Tory manifesto, include limitations on voting rights, amendments to the Human Rights act and plans to review the relationship between government and other bodies including the House of Lords and the Supreme Court.

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Carmichael backs RenewableUK manifesto for greener isles

Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, has backed today the RenewableUK "Renewables Manifesto" as a way to combat climate change while boosting the Northern Isles economy. The manifesto includes calls for continued expansion of existing renewable energy production, investment in renewable innovation, and support for Ofgem to take decarbonisation into account in its operations.

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