Week in Westminster

Welcome to my weekly update on what is happening in the House of Commons.  I hope you will find it interesting and let me know your views on what you read hear or anything else that is on your mind.  

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Carmichael: Budget Shows The Nasty Party Is Back

Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael today said that the budget was an assault on the young and the poor after the Chancellor of the Exchequer confirmed new attacks on tax credits, housing benefit and student support payments.

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Carmichael blasts “risky and irresponsible” EVEL plans as Government run away from their own policy

Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael has said the Government are losing support for their own plans for English Votes for English Laws (EVEL), following an urgent debate in the House of Commons in which the Conservatives refused to vote. 

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Carmichael to make case this afternoon for urgent debate on “outrageous” plans for EVEL

This afternoon in the House of Commons, Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael will use a unique parliamentary procedure to attempt to secure an urgent debate on the Government’s rushed plans to implement English Votes for English Laws (EVEL).

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Carmichael puts the case for devolution of Crown Estate to island communities

Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael has tabled an amendment to the Scotland Bill in the House of Commons calling for all functions of the Crown Estate in Scotland to be transferred to local authorities in the Northern and Western Isles - rather than Edinburgh.

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Carmichael seeks urgent debate on Government’s “abuse of process” on English Votes for English Laws

Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael today attacked the Conservative’s plans to introduce a veto for English MPs on laws affecting England.

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Government must not abandon plans for lower energy bills for Northern Isles

Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael is calling on the Government not to back out of a scheme to lower energy bills for customers in the highlands and islands.

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Government plans risk creating different human rights standards across the UK

Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael yesterday led a parliamentary debate to urge the Government to reconsider plans to repeal the Human Rights Act (HRA) which threatens UK-wide standards of human rights.

 

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Conservative plans for the Human Rights Act must not threaten devolution settlement - Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael will tomorrow warn that Conservative plans to scrap the Human Rights Act (HRA) would “play havoc” with the constitution of the Scottish Parliament and the Northern Ireland peace process.

 

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Alistair Carmichael MP and Tavish Scott MSP comment on west coast Calmac Strike

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Northern Isles Liberal Democrats have commented on the proposed industrial action by RMT union members who work on the Calmac ferry service in the Clyde and Hebrides.

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