Needs of island communities must be considered in immigration proposals – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has responded to the Government’s new proposals on immigration, highlighting the potential impact on rural communities and specific industries.

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Risks of centralised fisheries policy highlighted by Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, today highlighted the risks of a centralised fisheries policy post-Brexit in a Westminster debate on fisheries. Mr. Carmichael noted the risk of repeating the harm caused by a centralised policy on fisheries and called for a more dynamic policy using fishermen’s views and up-to-date science.

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Carmichael raises concerns over trade barrier impact on salmon fishing

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, today raised concerns that new trade barriers and checks could make trade between salmon farmers and the EU more challenging. The Government has been urged by the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) to remain aligned with the EU after the end of the transition period on 31st December. The SSPO suggested that that if businesses are required to submit Export Health Certificates for all salmon exports it could cost the Scottish salmon industry £8.7 million a year in additional administration costs.

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Carmichael leads debate on Air Traffic Control centralisation concerns and Kirkwall Airport incident

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has led a Westminster debate on issues relating to the Civil Aviation Authority and aviation safety. In the debate Mr. Carmichael raised a range of concerns relating to the safety of proposed centralisation of air traffic control in the Highlands and Islands to Inverness using remote camera masts, noting risks to the resilience of such a system and the potential harm to the economies of island communities. Mr. Carmichael also highlighted the continuing concerns relating to the incident of 5 April 2019, when a flight left Kirkwall Airport without air traffic control support, and in particular the lack of public information about the findings of the investigations.

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Carmichael challenges Government on future of Northern Ireland relationship

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, challenged the Government in the House of Commons today on the future relationship between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom if no trade deal is agreed with the EU. Mr. Carmichael asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he had made on the impact of the Withdrawal Agreement on the Union.

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Carmichael hosts inaugural Paddy Ashdown memorial lecture on Hong Kong

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, this week hosted the inaugural Paddy Ashdown memorial lecture in partnership with Hong Kong Watch. Held at Westminster Central Hall on Monday evening, the event saw Mr. Carmichael introduce a lecture by former Governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten. In his speech Patten proposed that an independent inquiry, reform of public order legislation and political reforms should all form part of a road map towards the reconciliation of Hong Kong’s society.

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Westminster debate on Civil Aviation Authority to be led by Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, will on Thursday lead a parliamentary debate in Westminster Hall on the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Mr. Carmichael said that the debate was an opportunity to raise important issues surrounding aviation safety in the Northern Isles, in the wake of an incident at Kirkwall Airport last year, in which a flight took off without air traffic control support, and the proposal by Highlands and Islands Airports (HIAL) to centralise air traffic control in Inverness.

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Whisky tariff impact on Northern Isles businesses highlighted by Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has highlighted the impact of recent US tariffs on Scottish whisky and other goods on Northern Isles businesses in a Westminster debate. Mr. Carmichael noted the success of high-quality exports as part of the Northern Isles economy and called on the Government to outline concrete action on the issue.

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Carmichael hosts parliamentary event on fisheries

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has hosted a cross-party parliamentary event on UK fisheries this week, in partnership with the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) and Scottish Fishermen’s Organisation (SFO). Coming on the day the Government announced its Fisheries Bill, Mr. Carmichael said that fishermen would expect Ministers to live up to promises made about an independent fisheries policy after Brexit.

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Delay in helicopter crash inquiry “lacks respect and compassion” – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has reacted to today’s announcement of a provisional date of 18th May for the Fatal Accident Inquiry into the helicopter crash which claimed the lives of four people off Sumburgh in 2013, saying it “lacks respect and compassion” for the families of the victims. The seven year wait for the inquiry has been described as “deplorable” by Sheriff Principal Derek Pyle.

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