Carmichael responds to SNP claims on currency

Responding to SNP claims that an independent Scotland could join the EU while using the UK pound, Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, has pushed back on the idea, saying that the party was selling a "fantasy". The First Minister made the claim while talking to the BBC's Andrew Neil, but was quickly rebuked by multiple figures noting that EU accession requires that a country have control over its exchange rates, which would be impossible if Scotland used the pound.

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Brexit risks undermining all NHS promises - Carmichael

Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, today condemned the Conservative Party's position on NHS funding and nurse figures. Yesterday the Conservatives were forced to admit that the number of nurses promised in their manifesto included nurses already working in the NHS.

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Carmichael calls for action to support UK shipping industr

Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, has welcomed the release of the UK Chamber of Shipping's "Stand up for Shipping" manifesto, but said that this must be the start of a more urgent dialogue around UK shipping.

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Carmichael: Sturgeon u-turn on independence referendum shows Brexit cynicism

Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, has condemned First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's announcement that she would seek a second independence referendum even if Brexit is stopped. The First Minister had previously stated that the referendum was justified on the basis of a "material change" following the 2016 EU referendum result, but has now said that a second vote on independence is needed whether or not the UK leaves the EU.

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Carmichael: end fuel poverty by 2025

Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, has backed plans by the Scottish Liberal Democrats to end fuel poverty by 2025. The plan comes as part of a wider initiative to spend £100bn over five years to combat climate change. The Liberal Democrat manifesto will commit to raising the energy efficiency standards for new homes alongside investing £15 billion over the next Parliament to retrofit 26 million homes. A Liberal Democrat government would allocate a share of the £15bn investment for homes in Scotland and work in partnership with the Scottish Government. This would save the average household £550 a year on energy bills. Current Scottish Government plans would still leave up to 5% of households in fuel poverty as late as 2040.

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Carmichael highlights £100bn climate change plan

Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, has highlighted his party's £100bn investment plan to combat climate change. The proposals include £15bn to upgrade housing to improve energy efficiency and end fuel poverty, and £10bn investment to leverage over £100bn in investment in renewable energy.

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Liberal Democrats open Lerwick campaign office

Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, opened his campaign office at 122 Commercial Street, Lerwick on Saturday. Mr. Carmichael promised local Liberal Democrat supporters an active campaign focusing on the issues that matter to local people, and supporting Scotland's place in the United Kingdom against SNP calls for independence.

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Carmichael: Sturgeon comments on independence "a wake up call"

Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, has condemned remarks by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that her top priority in 2020 was to hold a referendum on independence, placing this above a vote on EU membership. The First Minister has suggested that she would demand a referendum on independence in 2020 as a requirement in negotiations after the current election.

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Carmichael: urgent action needed for isles livestock

Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, has demanded urgent action regarding changes to regulations on livestock transportation. Speaking during a campaign visit on Rousay today Mr. Carmichael called on the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and Orkney Ferries to work together to find a solution that allows livestock producers to continue to ship off-island. Farmers and crofters on Rousay have been unable to ship livestock as a result of new regulations from the MCA regarding the length and height of vehicles on ferries.

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Carmichael vows to hold Government to phone coverage promises

Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, has vowed today to hold the Government to account after its promises before the election of a £1bn Shared Rural Network to improve connectivity in low coverage areas. Speaking while campaigning in Sanday, the candidate highlighted the need to keep an islander perspective at the heart of the project.

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