PM commits to investigate Russian tanker access in Shetland

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today condemned the Russian assault on Ukraine as a challenge to the “rules-based international order” and voiced concern about the message sent by ongoing Russian access to the UK economy. Mr Carmichael highlighted the presence of Russian-owned oil tankers at the Sullom Voe terminal in Shetland and the wider risk of allowing economic links to Russia to limit action against Putin’s regime.

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Carmichael calls for redoubled cybersecurity efforts following Russian attacks on Ukraine

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today called on the government to redouble efforts to improve the UK’s cyber defences for the government, businesses and critical infrastructure, following the further invasion of Ukraine by Russia. Attacks on Ukraine have greatly escalated today and Russia has warned other countries not to interfere with its attack; Russia is known to have launched significant cyberattacks on Ukraine as well as other states and non-state groups.

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Broken triple lock promise for pensioners creates cost of living “black hole”

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has said that the dropping of the pensions “triple lock” by the Conservatives risks leaving pensioners in the cold after breaking a manifesto promise to protect the state pension.

In the wake of inflation hitting a thirty year high of 5.5% in January, a typical pensioner in Orkney and Shetland is set to see their income fall by £171.60 this year in real terms. This is a total loss of income of £ 1,594,679 between 9,293 pensioners in the Northern Isles due to the Conservative government’s decision to scrap the triple lock on pensions. The triple lock was a core Liberal Democrat policy brought in by the Coalition government.

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Carmichael backs hospitality call for VAT cut extension after £115 billion lost sales

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today backed a call by the hospitality sector for the VAT cut on tourism and hospitality to be extended beyond April. VAT on hospitality is currently set at a lower rate of 12.5% following a tapering of the tax cut over the past year but is currently set to revert to the full 20% rate in April. UKHospitality said on Thursday that the pandemic had resulted in almost £115bn of lost sales since March 2020 for hospitality businesses, leaving the industry 43% down on normal trading conditions.

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Post Office Horizon scandal inquiry must ensure injustice cannot happen again – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has called for the newly opened public inquiry on the Post Office Horizon scandal to ensure that such an injustice within the organisation cannot happen again. Between 2000 and 2014, the Post Office prosecuted 736 sub-postmasters and sub-postmistresses based on information from the Horizon computer system.

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Carmichael highlights problem of irresponsible offshore gillnetters following seal death

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has spoken out following social media images of a young seal having been killed by discarded gillnets off the coast of Shetland, calling for ministers to take enforcement against irresponsible offshore gillnetters more seriously. Mr Carmichael highlighted the problem of a lack of incentive for industrial offshore gillnetters to follow good practices relative to local vessels, and said that his upcoming meeting with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, George Eustice needed to be a spur for renewed action.

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Carmichael joins inaugural parliamentary group on shellfish aquaculture

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today joined the inaugural formation of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Shellfish Aquaculture. The APPG is intended as a forum for MPs to raise the profile and understanding of shellfish aquaculture in Parliament, bridging the gap between the industry and government.

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Ministers should spend less time attacking human rights and more time tackling fraud – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today challenged the government to come clean on its plans to scrap the Human Rights Act and potentially leave the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) which underpins the legislation. The United Kingdom was one of the lead authors of the ECHR following the Second World War but a significant number of Conservative MPs wish to leave the Convention, which would leave the UK alongside Belarus as the only non-signatories in Europe.

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Energy price hike: Lib Dems set out cost of living rescue package to save struggling families in Orkney and Shetland almost £1,000

Energy bills for homeowners in Shetland are forecast to soar by an estimated £1,528 per household in April, and in Orkney by £1,285, according to analysis by the Liberal Democrats after Ofgem announced a 54% hike in the energy price cap in April. Meanwhile, broadband bills are set to rise by 9.3% with inflation at its highest rate in almost thirty years.

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Chancellor gambling with “repay later” plan for record energy price hike – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today responded to Ofgem’s record 54% hike on the energy price cap, with a £693 rise in the cap to come into effect on 1st April. The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has outlined plans today to give a £200 rebate on energy bills for households from October, which will be paid back over next five years at £40 per year starting in April 2023, although analysts suggest that bills could continue to rise.

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