Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, has welcomed the House of Lords voting against the Government’s proposals to withdraw tax credits for low and middle income earners.

Despite peers failing to back a Liberal Democrat ‘fatal motion’ that would have terminated the plans altogether, they did back a Labour motion to delay the cuts until an assessment of their financial impact is carried out. Consequently, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has been forced to admit that he will change his plans.    

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Leakage must not become a flood – Carmichael comments on Sullom Voe

Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, has written to the Chief Executive of the Oil and Gas Authority calling for an early meeting between industry and community interests to discuss the recent loss of business at Sullom Voe and the future prospects of the terminal.

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Carmichael: Police tactics against Chinese protesters amount to a “chilling effect on freedom of speech”

Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has called on the Government to scrutinise the policing tactics that led to three pro-democracy activists being arrested during the Chinese president’s recent visit to the UK.

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Carmichael: Tory tax credit cuts will cost local families £1.4million

1,900 families in Orkney and Shetland will lose a total of £1.4million as a result of the Government’s changes to tax credits, Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has revealed. 

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DECC figures show potential of renewable energy sector- Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael has welcomed the latest statistics published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) showing that Scotland generated 37.3% more renewable electricity in the second quarter of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014.

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Carmichael calls for urgent MCA action to solve coastguard crisis

Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, has written to the Chief Executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), Alan Massey, demanding action to deal with the critical staffing situation in Shetland following the resignation of four coastguard officers.

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Tax credit cuts will hit struggling families and remove incentive to work - Carmichael

Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, has attacked the Government for their well disguised plans to substantially reduce tax credits for working families – up to £1,700 a year for average households in social housing.

 

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Carmichael calls for end to unlimited detention of immigrants

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has used a parliamentary debate on the use of immigration detention to argue for a more humane and cost-effective system.

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EU negotiations offer a chance for fundamental reform of the CFP - Carmichael

Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, led a debate in Parliament on reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and urged the UK to make it a priority in the ongoing EU negotiations.

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Carmichael praises local campaigners after Loganair fare shift

Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, has praised the efforts of those behind the Facebook campaign against the high cost of air travel to the isles, after Loganair announced a new compassionate fare discount.

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