Carmichael: Ministers must sit down with fishing groups to end Pesorsa Dos safety issues

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has pushed the government to protect UK fishermen and afford maritime agencies greater jurisdiction in UK waters to ensure safety at sea. Mr Carmichael tabled two amendments to the Fisheries Bill, which would bridge the current gap in the law demonstrated by the Pesorsa Dos incident off Shetland this summer. The responding minister agreed to meet with Mr Carmichael and others to make progress on the concerns raised by local fishermen.

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Carmichael calls for UN investigation of human rights abuses against Uyghurs

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has called for the creation of a formal UN mission to investigate human rights abuses against the Uyghur Muslims in China. Mr Carmichael pointed to recent reports from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, which shed more light on the Chinese government’s attempts to repress this ethnic minority group, through methods such as forced labour camps and sterilisation procedures.

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UNICEF and Ofcom figures a reminder of need to end the digital divide for young people – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today warned that recent UNICEF and Ofcom figures on children’s access to digital learning demonstrates the continued need to end the divide between haves and have-nots. Highlighting estimates from Ofcom that up to 1.7 million children have no home access to a laptop, desktop or tablet, Mr Carmichael warned that this divide risked exacerbating educational challenges for those without ready connections to their school.

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Carmichael: Fisheries Bill amendment a chance to close Pesorsa Dos “safety gap”

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has challenged the government to accept an amendment to the Fisheries Bill and close the legal “gap” in safety at sea. In June a Shetland boat, the Alison Kay, was harassed by a Spanish vessel, the Pesorsa Dos, which attempted to cripple the Alison Kay’s propeller. Despite representations by Alistair Carmichael and the Shetland Fisherman’s Association to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the MCA was unable to take action as it has no jurisdiction outside of the 12-mile limit.

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Save British Farming protest a reminder of farming’s vital role – Carmichael

The government must change course and protect UK farming standards, said Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael. Meeting with campaigners from Save British Farming today in Westminster, he stressed that a no-deal would inevitably lead to a decrease in exports following the UK’s departure from the EU, while risking a “double-whammy” of lowered standards in goods from the US. Last week Mr Carmichael challenged the International Trade Secretary Liz Truss to meet with the protestors.

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Carmichael challenges Truss to face protesting farmers on Monday

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today called on the Secretary of State for International Trade Liz Truss to meet with farmers protesting over concerns about the protection of food standards in future trade deals.

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Carmichael calls for economic support plans in light of renewed lockdowns

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has called for the government to give certainty to businesses affected by local lockdowns, particularly in light of reports of an enhanced national lockdown in Scotland this week. Speaking during an urgent debate in Parliament, Mr Carmichael highlighted the enhanced risks to tourism and hospitality businesses running into the last school holiday before winter. Last week Mr Carmichael met with the Scottish Tourism Alliance to discuss their concerns about the level of support to date.

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More support needed for long Covid sufferers – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today called on the government to do more to support those suffering from “long Covid” to recover and return to work. There has been increasing recognition of Covid-19 patients who have long term health effects after the initial period of illness, including breathlessness and exhaustion even months later. Other symptoms include a persistent cough, joint pain, muscle aches, hearing and eyesight problems, headaches, loss of smell and taste as well as damage to the heart, lungs, kidneys and gut.

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Covert Human Intelligence Sources Bill needs stronger limits on lawbreaking – Carmichael

Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson, Alistair Carmichael, has spoken during the Second Reading of the Covert Human Intelligence Sources Bill on Monday evening, warning that the Bill as drafted would give sweeping powers for government agencies to authorise lawbreaking with few limitations and little oversight. Human rights groups have voiced deep concerns with the current version of the Bill, which as drafted could allow government bodies from MI5 to the Food Standards Agency to authorise crimes up to and including torture, sexual assault and murder.

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Government efforts needed to ensure future success of local Post Offices – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today called on the government to follow up its judicial inquiry into the Horizon Post Office scandal with further efforts to support the long term success of local postmasters in rural and island communities. Speaking in an urgent parliamentary debate Mr Carmichael highlighted the damage done to the availability of postmasters by the scandal and the need to ensure the future of the network.

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