Carmichael secures commitment from Prime Minister to take forward fishing visa issue

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today secured a commitment from the Prime Minister to take up fishermen’s concerns about access to skilled deckhands with the Home Secretary. Mr Carmichael spoke in Prime Minister’s Questions in support of his constituent, Ronnie Norquoy, who wrote to Boris Johnson this week of his frustration with the government’s refusal to implement the advice of the Migration Advisory Committee on visas for fishing deckhands.

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Carmichael condemns expulsion of pro-democracy legislators in Hong Kong

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has voiced concern about news that all of Hong Kong's pro-democracy lawmakers have resigned after four of their colleagues were disqualified by a new resolution from Beijing. Opposition lawmakers left the city legislature in solidarity, leaving Hong Kong with almost no opposition voices within the body amid wider concerns about the suppression of dissent in the city. The United Kingdom has historic obligations to the former colony, within the Sino-British Joint Declaration.

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Carmichael welcomes Scottish Salmon Sustainability Charter

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today welcomed the release of the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation Sustainability Charter. The document outlines salmon producers’ goal to become a world-leading sector for environmentally responsible food production, and to support Scotland’s 2045 net-zero target.

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Carmichael: Covid vaccine progress welcome but no excuse for test and trace failings

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has welcomed today’s news that a Covid-19 vaccine under development by Pfizer may have over 90% effectiveness. Mr Carmichael warned however that the prospect of a future vaccine could not disguise the government’s ongoing failure on test-and-trace which is vital to managing the current “second wave” of the pandemic.

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Carmichael demands guarantee of recognition for skilled deckhands

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has written to the Home Secretary to ask for a guarantee that deckhands for fishing vessels will be recognised as a “shortage occupation” under future immigration rules, ensuring access to skilled workers for fishing vessels. The letter follows the Government’s decision to reject advice by their own Migration Advisory Committee that would have included fishing vessel deckhands on the “skilled worker” list.

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Right to protest must be protected despite pandemic – Carmichael

Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson, Alistair Carmichael, has called on the Government to reverse its ban on protests of more than two people under new coronavirus restrictions. Mr Carmichael called the move “illiberal”, highlighting the importance of peaceful assembly as part of liberal democracy. Under previous coronavirus restrictions an exemption was made to protect the right to protest, which has now been removed by the Government.

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Carmichael welcomes overdue furlough extension to March

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael has welcomed the government’s extension of the furlough scheme and other economic support measures through to March 2021.

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Alistair Carmichael presents Bill to cut plastic pollution

A draft new law, setting legally binding targets for cutting plastic waste and pollution, was re-introduced to Parliament today by Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael.

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Government “missed opportunity” to change course on food standards – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has described the government’s refusal to accept the latest amendments to the Agriculture Bill as a “missed opportunity” to protect farmers and crofters from unfair trade practices. Government MPs voted overwhelmingly last night to reject opposition amendments from the House of Lords to protect UK farming standards in future trade deals.

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Systematic sweep of Scapa Flow military ordnance needed – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has called on the Ministry of Defence to make a “systematic sweep” of Scapa Flow to remove any remaining ordnance from Northern Isles waters and protect local fishermen.

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