Carmichael urges Prime Minister to intervene directly over ETV withdrawal

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has used Prime Minister’s Questions to urge David Cameron to look personally at the future provision of the Emergency Towing Vessel in the Northern Isles.

 

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Carmichael to take case of British seafarers to Parliament

Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, has tabled a motion in Parliament calling on the government to do more to support British merchant seamen in the North Sea who are facing increased redundancies.

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Carmichael calls for action on brain tumour research following damning parliamentary report

Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, is urging the Government to give far more priority to brain tumour research following a parliamentary report which says patients with brain tumours are failed at every stage – from diagnosis and treatment to research funding.

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Economic Uncertainty Remains After “Stand Still Budget” – Carmichael

Commenting on today’s budget Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, said:

“The sharp downward revisions in forecasts for economic growth should be ringing alarm bells about our economic prospects for the next few years.  The Chancellor seems determined to reach his target of having a budget surplus by the end of this parliament when he should be doing what is needed to protect the recovery in the here and now. 

“There were some aspects of the budget that were welcome for the Northern Isles.  The continued freeze on the level of fuel duty is good news as are the reductions in taxes for the oil and gas industry in the North Sea.  Having called for both these measures it would be churlish not to welcome them.  The oil and gas industry needs continued care and attention as there seems little prospect of significant increases in the price of oil any time soon.

“This budget illustrates that the focus of all the machinery of government now is overwhelmingly on the EU referendum rather than the economic recovery.  This should surprise no one but it is not what we need right now.   It is clear that our economy already has substantial challenges ahead.  Leaving the EU would only serve to make them worse.”


Comment: Alistair Carmichael on AAIB report

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, comments on the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report into the Super Puma helicopter crash off Sumburgh in August 2013

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Lack of proper information should mean that women’s pension changes are re-examined – Carmichael

Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, has called on the Government to look again at the changes to women’s State Pension Age because of its failure to tell women who would be affected what to expect.  

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Carmichael warns Government against sneaky Insurance Premium Tax hike

Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, has written to the Chancellor, George Osborne, urging him not to implement a reported 3% rise in Insurance Premium Tax, which would hit the pockets of millions of families. 

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Reform tax system for oil and gas or face “tsunami” of decommissioning – Carmichael

Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, is calling on the Government to use the upcoming Budget to deliver substantial tax changes for the oil and gas industry as the sector continues to face huge challenges. 

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Carmichael backs campaign to Make Tax Fair in Malawi

Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, has backed a campaign calling for an end to a colonial era tax deal with Malawi. 

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Government refugee plans in the Mediterranean represent “tactics without a strategy” – Carmichael

Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, today led an urgent debate in the House of Commons on the announcement that the Royal Navy will join NATO forces in the interception of refugees in the Mediterranean.

 

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