Carmichael calls for urgent MCA response following fishing vessel incident

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has called for an urgent response from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) following a reported incident between a Spanish fishing vessel and a local trawler. Video footage posted on social media showed a Spanish gill-netter vessel allegedly attempting to damage the propeller of a local whitefish trawler. Mr Carmichael has written to the Chief Executive of the MCA, Brian Johnson, demanding action.

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Black Lives Matter protests a chance to act on racial inequality at home and abroad – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has spoken out about the need to reflect on racism in the UK and around the world in light of the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in the US. Mr Carmichael has introduced and backed parliamentary motions calling for the suspension of sales of weapons to US police following the death of Mr Floyd and highlighted the real impact that past campaigns on lethal injection drugs had on changing US policy.

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Government must go further to restore postmaster trust – Carmichael

Responding today to the announcement of an independent review into the Horizon dispute, Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael has called for the government to go further to restore postmaster relations with the Post Office following the scandal which led to postmasters being falsely accused of fraud. Speaking in the House of Commons during an urgent question to the minister for postal services, Mr Carmichael called for a judge-led inquiry.

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Carmichael calls for government clarity on tariff-free trading and PDO protection for farmers

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, today challenged the government to confirm whether farmers and crofters would maintain their current level of access to the EU in a future trade deal. Speaking during an urgent debate on the fourth round of trade negotiations with the EU, Mr Carmichael highlighted the importance of tariff-free access to EU markets and protected designation of origin (PDO) status under a future trade deal. In her response, the Paymaster General, Penny Mordaunt, did not confirm if full access for farmers would be continued.

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Carmichael recognises Carers’ Week

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has recognised the role of carers in the Northern Isles and across the country as part of Carers’ Week 2020.  Carers’ Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.  This year’s theme is Make Caring Visible and runs from 8 to 14 June.  Established by Carers UK 26 years ago, the annual awareness campaign celebrates and recognises the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers.

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Rees-Mogg must follow through on promises to look at voting rights for carers

Tonight the Liberal Democrats have secured assurances from the Leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, that proxy voting rights will be considered for MPs who are carers or living with those who are shielding. 

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World Ocean Day a reminder of need for action on plastic pollution – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has called for further action to tackle plastic pollution today on World Ocean Day. Highlighting the Plastic Pollution Bill he introduced in 2019, Mr Carmichael noted recent information released on marine animals washed up on the shoreline in the North of Scotland and the Northern Isles, whose stomachs were filled with marine plastic.

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Carmichael calls for Food Standards Commission

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has called for the creation of a Food Standards Commission in light of reports that food produced to a lower standard could be brought in from the United States under a future trade deal, undercutting UK farmers and crofters. Ministers have previously denied that “chlorinated chicken” and other low-cost foods could be allowed in a new trade deal, but press reports on Thursday suggested that the government plans to open up the UK market under a “dual tariff” scheme.

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Government must go further with expanded access to BNO passports for Hong Kong – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, yesterday welcomed announcements that the UK would offer expanded visa rights to British National (Overseas) passport holders in Hong Kong, but called on the government to take further steps to support Hongkongers. After over a year of protests in Hong Kong against political encroachment by Beijing, the Chinese National Assembly is preparing to force a national security law on the autonomous territory.

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End to virtual Parliament unacceptable and dangerous for public health – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has spoken out against the government’s imposition of an end to the virtual Parliament system created for the coronavirus pandemic. In recent weeks MPs have been able to participate remotely in parliamentary proceedings, allowing those in vulnerable categories and those who would need to travel long distances to work from home in line with public health advice. An amendment aimed at restoring remote voting for those shielding was rejected by 37 votes.

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