No “Talking Shop”: Carmichael says new “Islands Forum” must deliver action for communities

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today recognised the inclusion of a new “Islands Forum” within the government’s new Levelling Up White Paper. The forum is intended to “provide a regular means of engagement with island communities across the UK”, with direct lines to the UK government. Mr Carmichael welcomed the proposal in principle but said that such a forum must be aimed at action on critical future infrastructure rather than being a “talking shop” with no clear purpose.

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Islanders and councillors gather for Tunnel Vision event this weekend

Isles representatives, Beatrice Wishart MSP and Alistair Carmichael MP, have issued a further call for islanders to join this weekend’s “Tunnel Vision” event on the potential benefits of fixed links for Shetland. Dozens of people from across Bressay, Unst, Yell, Whalsay and beyond have already signed up to join the event, with many SIC and community councillors also set to join the discussion alongside invited experts on fixed links. The event will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube from 2pm on Saturday 5th February, with the recordings available after the event.

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Carmichael presses Scotland Office to back EMEC funding

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today called on Scotland Office ministers to ensure that the European Marine Energy Centre in the Northern Isles continues to be fully funded by the UK government after the ending of EU funds. EMEC has played a key role in the development of marine renewables technologies in the UK through EU support but the future funding of the centre is still to be confirmed.

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Carmichael secures ministerial meeting to discuss gillnetter concerns

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has secured an offer of a meeting with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to discuss the ongoing issues around gillnetters near Shetland. Gillnetter boats, predominantly Spanish-run, have become notorious in the area for intensive fishing and aggressive behaviours towards other vessels. Mr Carmichael previously proposed an amendment to the Fisheries Act 2020 to improve safety at sea after a high-profile incident of a gillnetter, the Pesorsa Dos, appearing to attempt to foul the propellor of a local boat.

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Carmichael raises concerns about political interference in Sue Gray report release

Liberal Democrat Political Reform spokesperson, Alistair Carmichael MP, has today challenged the government in Parliament after apparent attempts to slow the release of the Sue Gray report into social events in Downing Street during the national lockdown. This morning the Metropolitan Police announced an investigation into Downing Street parties after being passed evidence by senior civil servant Sue Gray, and government sources briefed that the police action would prevent the original report being published.

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“Beggars belief”: Carmichael raises concern about HMRC tax threat to tractor runs

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has raised concerns in Parliament following comments by HM Revenue and Customs officials which could discourage farmers from participating in tractor runs and other farming community events due to red diesel rules. At an HMRC event last week, officials indicated that because events such as tractor runs or ploughing matches were considered “pleasure” rather than legitimate agricultural work, farmers should flush out the red diesel from their machines for higher taxed white diesel before participating.

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Isles representatives announce Tunnel Vision – community-led discussions on fixed links

Shetland representatives Alistair Carmichael MP and Beatrice Wishart MSP have today announced the launch of the fixed links discussion event “Tunnel Vision”. The event, to be held at 2pm on Saturday 5th February, is intended to kickstart discussions on islander interest in establishing fixed links and the practical issues involved, with people on Unst, Yell, Bressay, Papa Stour, Fetlar and Whalsay all having an individual say. Letter invitations have been sent this weekend to islanders and council representatives.

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“No-brainer”: Carmichael presses ministers to prioritise whisky tariffs in India negotiations

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has challenged international trade ministers in Parliament to prioritise the lowering of Indian tariffs on Scottish whisky in trade negotiations. India currently imposes 150% tariffs on Scottish whisky, like those of the Highland Park and Scapa distilleries, rendering the product prohibitively expensive for most consumers, while the Scotch Whisky Association has outlined a range of benefits to expanding UK exports to the country.

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Carmichael highlights danger of inaction on Uyghur genocide

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has spoken in a parliamentary debate on the Uyghur Tribunal this Thursday, to highlight the danger of inaction on the growing evidence of genocide by the Chinese government in Xinjiang. The Uyghur Tribunal found last year that the Beijing regime was responsible for genocide and crimes against humanity; this week also saw the French Parliament acknowledge the genocide against the Uyghurs.

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Carmichael calls for those hit with significant energy bill hikes to contact office for support

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today called on anyone in the isles suffering from significant energy bill hikes to contact his offices or those of his parliamentary colleagues for support. Mr Carmichael made the open invitation following media reports of local people facing energy bills hiked over 200% by suppliers, in the context of rising cost of living issues and price inflation. Mr Carmichael’s office has been advocating for a number of constituents who are struggling with gas and electricity bills and supporting their contacts with energy companies.

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