Carmichael: Shetland fishermen must be heard

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, welcomed a new research briefing released by the Shetland Fishermen’s Association, outlining new findings on the state of North Sea cod stocks. Responding on Friday, Mr. Carmichael called for governments in London and Brussels to listen to the case put forward and to take it seriously.


The Chief Executive of the SFA, Simon Collins, has advocated for a calm approach to fisheries management, in response to suggestions of severe cuts to North Sea cod quotas by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea.

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Carmichael on Yellowhammer document release: "What else do they have to hide?"

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has criticised the Government after it complied with a deadline to release the Yellowhammer documents, which outline the potential harm of a no-deal Brexit. The document confirms the claims of earlier reports, which suggested that a no-deal outcome could lead to severe shortages and major economic and social disruption.

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Shetland representatives voice concerns over post office plans

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart, voiced concern on Wednesday over new plans by the Post Office to close their Lerwick branch at 46 Commercial Street and create a “retail partner” site in Conochies at 74-78 Commercial Street. The Post Office said in its online survey that the move was necessary to “secure the long term viability” of services in Lerwick.

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Carmichael: “serious blow” to Prime Minister in Court of Session ruling

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, welcomed news that Scotland’s highest civil court had ruled against Boris Johnson’s government over its use of prorogation. The Court of Session found that the suspension of Parliament was unlawful and that the Prime Minister’s actions were motivated by the “improper purpose” of obstructing Parliament.

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Carmichael welcomes vote to release no-deal Brexit information

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has criticised the Government’s attempts to avoid releasing the full “Yellowhammer” documents about the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit. MPs on Monday evening voted to force the publication of the documents, which are believed to predict that a no-deal Brexit could cause food shortages and limit the availability of life-saving medicines.

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Carmichael tells PM: enough with the cock and bull stories

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, criticised Boris Johnson during the Prime Minister’s visit to Aberdeenshire on Friday. Following a series of defeats in key votes on Brexit, Mr. Johnson travelled north of the border to make an announcement on Scottish farm funding and hold a photo opportunity with a bull at a farm in Banchory.

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Carmichael supports Best Small Shops Competition call

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has backed a call for entries to the Best Small Shops Competition organised by the Association of Convenience Stores. Owners of small shops around the UK are encouraged to apply to the competition, which celebrates the role these businesses play in local communities. The deadline for shops in the Northern Isles to apply to the competition is Monday 9th September 2019 at 3pm.

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Carmichael supports cross-party alliance to block no-deal Brexit

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has backed the motion by a cross-party alliance of MPs to take control of business, in order to prevent a no-deal Brexit on 31 October. Plans by the UK government to suspend Parliament for five weeks in the to the current Brexit deadline have provoked concern that the UK will leave the EU without a deal.

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Carmichael warns of no-deal Brexit cost to Scottish farmers

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has issued a warning for the survival of Scottish farmers and crofters if a no-deal Brexit goes ahead. New research by business consultants Andersons has suggested that farmers could lose £850 million in lost profits, due to tariffs and trade barriers.

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Carmichael condemns government plans to suspend parliament

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has condemned news of the government's plans to ask the Queen to suspend parliament days after the return from summer recess. The move by the government is widely seen as an attempt to prevent parliament interfering with the Brexit process.

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