Government must be willing to lead in recognition of Uyghur genocide – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today called on the Government to take a lead on global human rights by taking steps to recognise the risk of genocide to the Uyghur people of Xinjiang Province in China. Mr Carmichael challenged the Foreign Secretary following a statement on the growing list of human rights abuses found in the province, and warned that the UK has a duty to act to prevent genocide.

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UK global role must be rooted in human rights and the rule of law – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, spoke on Monday night in a parliamentary debate on “Global Britain” and the country’s future trade policy, voicing concern that the Government was signalling a retreat from international values by its actions. Mr Carmichael called for an international policy framed by support for human rights and the rule of law, while reducing tariff barriers.

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Chancellor “has no idea” about Brexit red tape faced by seafood exporters – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today challenged the Chancellor on claims that the Government’s new trading relationship with the EU would be better for businesses, citing isles seafood exporters who have already lost significant sums due to trade disruption and red tape caused by new trade barriers.

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Answers and action needed on January fishing disruption – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has called on the Government to give “answers and action” on the emerging frustrations fishermen have with the Prime Minister’s deal with the EU. After months of promising to “take back control of our waters”, the deal has in fact left UK fishing boats with access to fewer fishing opportunities for the UK fleet. Mr Carmichael called on ministers to explain themselves urgently in Parliament, and to outline steps taken to mitigate growing disruption to seafood exports to the EU this week.

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Trump riots a reminder of risks to liberal democracy – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has reacted to the pro-Trump riots in Washington D.C. against the certification of the US presidential election, saying it was a reminder of the risks of eroding liberal democratic values. Mr Carmichael called on the Prime Minister to support calls for a peaceful transition of power in the United States.

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New Covid restrictions: Carmichael calls for fresh thinking to support excluded workers

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has called for “fresh thinking” to support the three million workers left out of Covid-19 financial support to date. Speaking after fresh lockdowns were brought into place in Scotland and England, Mr Carmichael said that this should be an opportunity for support measures to be brought in for those who have been unable to access furlough, self-employment or other financial help introduced by the Government over the past year.

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Highlands and Islands representatives call for special measures to support exporters

Scottish Liberal Democrat representatives, Alistair Carmichael MP, Jamie Stone MP, Beatrice Wishart MSP and Liam McArthur MSP have together written to the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps calling for special support measures for food producers in light of recent export restrictions.

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Short extension to EU transition needed to mitigate growing crisis – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today joined cross party calls for the Government to seek a short extension of the EU transition period in light of a growing crisis caused by the new variant of coronavirus. Several EU and non-European countries have banned travel and transport from the UK following the Government’s new measures against the new variant.

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Vote equality impossible without real electoral reform – Carmichael

Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Political Reform, Alistair Carmichael MP, has criticised government claims that the recently passed Parliamentary Constituencies Act amounted to “equal weight” for all votes cast. Minister of State for the Constitution, Chloe Smith claimed that “every voter deserves to have confidence that their vote counts the same…this Act delivers exactly that”, by adjusting constituency boundaries to be more accurate to population. Highlighting the disproportionate nature of the First Past The Post voting system used in UK elections, Mr Carmichael called for “real reform”.

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Carmichael presses Government over online privacy rights

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has questioned the Government’s role in privacy and security on apps like WhatsApp, during a debate on online safety in Parliament this week. The ministerial statement came in advance of the Online Safety Bill, due to be published in 2021, which aims to enforce tougher regulation on harmful content online.

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