Carmichael – Tug extension a short-term success but long-term planning still needed

Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, has welcomed the Government’s decision to extend the provision of the Orkney-based Emergency Towing Vessel for 6 months beyond the current contract ending in 6 weeks. 

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Carmichael asks Parliament’s Transport Committee to call MCA over withdrawal of coastguard tug

Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, has written to the chair of Parliament’s Transport Select Committee requesting an urgent evidence session with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency over the Government’s decision to withdraw provision for the Emergency Towing Vessel.

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Government must maintain pressure for State Aid approval for an Islands Strike Price – Carmichael

Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, has urged the government to secure consent for EU State Aid for the Islands Strike Price, to show real commitment to renewable energy projects in Scotland’s island communities.

 

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"MCA Thinking on Emergency Towing Is Incoherent and Incomplete" - Carmichael

Commenting after attending a day seminar in Edinburgh on future emergency towing provision, Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, described the work done to date on future provision as "incoherent and incomplete".

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Carmichael joins campaign for fair tax for Scotch Whisky

Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, has written to the Chancellor urging him to introduce a further 2% cut in duty on Scotch Whisky.

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Mobile phone connection divides the latest class of “haves and have nots” - Carmichael

Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, has presented a bill in Parliament to give customers greater rights to cancel mobile phone contracts due to poor signal and increase the transparency of the service providers.

Mr Carmichael’s Mobile Telecommunications Network Coverage (Contractual Obligations) Bill seeks to ensure the big operators provide more information about coverage to prospective consumers; and allows them greater means to cancel their contracts due to poor signal. 

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Loganair & CAA Meeting On Airline Reliability

Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael and Shetland MSP Tavish Scott commented after today’s meeting in Lerwick involving Loganair, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the SIC. 

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Carmichael attacks G4S over scandal of painted doors for asylum seekers

Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, has attacked private security firm G4S, after newspaper reports that the company painted the doors of houses in Middlesbrough to identify where asylum seekers were living.

 

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Carmichael warns Government over tax return changes

Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, has warned the Government that their plans to change the system for tax returns requiring small businesses and the self-employed to file online returns four times a year risks becoming an administrative nightmare for already overburdened small businesses. 

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ORKNEY PARLIAMENTARIANS: CHRISTMAS THANKS TO POSTAL SERVICE

Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael and Orkney MSP Liam McArthur today visited Kirkwall Delivery Office.  It was an opportunity to find out how the Office has coped with this busiest period of the year and to thank staff for their efforts.

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