Carmichael calls for greater transparency on government Covid contracts

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has called for greater transparency from the government in its handling of emergency Covid contracts. Mr Carmichael asked ministers if the government would publish full details on the process used to assign billions of pounds of public money to suppliers during the pandemic and the role of ministers in steering public procurement towards specific contractors.

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Carmichael raises concern about post-deadline rights for EU citizens

Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson, Alistair Carmichael MP, has spoken out on the deadline date of the EU Settlement Scheme, voicing concern about the rights of EU citizens in the UK still awaiting confirmation of their status. EU citizens are required to apply for settled status before midnight tonight in order to secure their rights to live and work in the UK, with some raising concerns about a potential “Windrush-style” scandal in the future. Mr Carmichael wrote to all known EU citizens in the Northern Isles constituency in May to offer support with applications.

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Six-month review of Brexit fishing impact: Carmichael issues call for evidence

Orkney and Shetland Liberal Democrat MP, Alistair Carmichael, has issued a “call for evidence” ahead of a parliamentary debate on the impact of Brexit on the fishing industry. Mr Carmichael secured the debate, to be held at 9:30am on the 13th July, to review the consequences of the UK’s departure from the EU for businesses after six months, and to present a wide range of concerns and challenges raised by fishermen, processors and exporters during that time.

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Urgent call for outstanding EU settlement scheme applications – one week to go

Orkney and Shetland MP and Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Home Affairs, Alistair Carmichael, is calling on any remaining EU citizens in the isles who have not yet applied to the EU settlement scheme to do so urgently ahead of the deadline at the end of the month, after UK ministers today indicated that anyone who has a “reasonable excuse” for failing to apply in time will still be able to register.

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Carmichael reintroduces Plastic Pollution Bill: “the clock is ticking”

Orkney and Shetland Liberal Democrat MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today reintroduced legislation to reduce plastic pollution in the UK, setting firm targets to cut back on plastic waste. Despite intense public concern about the scourge of plastic pollution over the past three years the Government has yet to set firm targets to reduce plastic waste.

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Shocking halving of EU food and drink exports must be a call for easing trade barriers – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has spoken out today after it emerged that UK food and drink exports to the European Union almost halved year on year in the first three months of 2021. Food and Drink Federation (FDF) figures show that EU sales dropped by 47%, largely due to changes in the UK's trading relationship with the EU. Compared with the first quarter of 2019 exports of cheese were down 72% and fish sales were down 52%.

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Tories trying far right US tactics on voter suppression – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP and Liberal Democrat spokesperson on political reform, Alistair Carmichael, has today warned of the risk to democratic participation from the Conservatives imitating right wing voter suppression policies from the United States. Speaking at Electoral Commission Questions in the House of Commons Mr Carmichael asked how many actual fraudulent votes were expected to be blocked by new voter ID restrictions, and raised the growing concerns in the US around intentional blocking of minority voters.

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Johnson treating farmers as expendable with Australia plans – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has joined a cross-party group of MPs in a parliamentary motion calling for the newly announced UK-Australia trade deal to be debated and voted on by Parliament. The motion, led by Liberal Democrat spokesperson Tim Farron, voices concern about the potential impact on UK farmers and calls for greater consultation with those affected. Reports suggest that tariffs on Australian beef and other meat will be lifted effectively immediately if the deal is enacted, as the quota for beef is over 60 times higher than the current rate of imports from Australia.

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UK policy must be guided by goal of two state solution in Israel and Palestine – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has spoken out this week in Parliament about the need for greater action to support a viable two-state solution in Israel and Palestine and voiced concern about the use of UK-manufactured arms in the recent conflict there. Israel has just seen a change in Prime Minister weeks after a heightening of tensions between Israel and the Occupied Territories. Mr Carmichael is a board member of the Council for Arab-British Understanding.

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Carmichael backs Scottish food and drink producers call for government engagement on trade

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has voiced support today for a letter sent by 14 Scottish food and drink businesses calling on the International Trade Secretary Liz Truss to engage more with industry on issues relating to EU trade and potential trade deals with Australia and other countries.

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