“Don’t forget your day job” Carmichael tells UK Officials in Brussels

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland welcomed the election of Liberal Democrat MEP, Chris Davies, as chair of the European Union’s influential Fisheries Committee. Mr. Carmichael was in Brussels yesterday for high level meetings with the UK nominated Commissioner, the UK Permanent Representative to the EU and the EU and the new Fisheries Committee Chair.

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Government fishing bill has sunk without trace - Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, today challenged the Scottish Secretary on the Government’s continued failure to make progress with the Fisheries Bill. The Bill completed its last stage on 17 December 2018, and the Government have refused to bring it forward to the next stage since. Until the bill is complete, fishermen will have no indication of what the post-Brexit fishing framework will be.

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TV licence charge risks isolating more over 75s warns Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, today in the House of Commons criticised the Government over their approach to allowing the BBC to end free TV licences for the over 75s. The move, expected to raise around £750million a year for the BBC, has come about as the Government transferred responsibility to pay for TV Licences for the over 75s away from the taxpayer, and onto the BBC, who have elected to abolish the freebie.

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“Tory plans for gap year deckhands insulting to fishermen” says Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, has criticised Govt plans for skills shortages in the fishing industry to be filled by young people on gap years as an insult to the industry.

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No Deal catastrophic for livestock farmers and Crofters

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, today challenged the Government’s no deal planning which he described as “catastrophic” for rural communities.

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“Govt. must start listening to Farmers and Crofters” says Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, today demanded that the Government listen to Farmers and Crofters when deciding no deal preparations. Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr. Carmichael called on Government Ministers to reconsider the rates of tax which are proposed to be charged on agriculture goods being imported into the UK.

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“Marine Energy must be included in White Paper” says Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, today challenged the Government to commit to ensure that marine and tidal energy is part of the Government’s Energy Strategy. A white paper is a guide on the Government’s strategy and policy for responding to specific issues, one on Energy has been expected for some time.

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Government Draft Tariffs demonstrate no deal challenges – Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, today responded to the Government’s draft import tariffs in the event of a no deal Brexit. Mr. Carmichael raised the new figures, which were published today, in a debate on Brexit and the fishing industry.

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Carmichael Welcomes Prime Minister’s Support for Fair Isle Bird Observatory Rebuild

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, today raised the recent fire at the Fair Isle Bird Observatory with the Prime Minister.

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Sheep aging rule U-turn “unacceptable and unreasonable” - Scott and Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, and Tavish Scott, MSP for Shetland, have today branded the UK Government’s U-turn on sheep aging measurements as “unacceptable” to the industry. The system favoured by the UK government involves the age of 12 months being measured at the point at which incisors erupt in the sheep’s mouth.

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