Government must stop dragging feet over wave and tidal industry –Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, has called on Treasury Ministers to work across Government to help invest in the wave and tidal industry to push it to the point of full commercialisation. The Northern Isles are a hub of wave and tidal energy, with Orkney hosting the European Marine Energy Centre, one of the largest wave and tidal testing beds in the world. Reaching full commercialisation could transform the industry and bring much more investment into the Northern Isles.

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Budget “Little more than a holding pattern” warns Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for the Northern Isles, replying to the Budget has warned that in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the entire economic plan will have to be thrown out, and the Chancellor may find himself giving an emergency Budget as soon as April.

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“Fishing not a priority for May” - Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, responded to the Government’s announcement that they may extend the transitional period, by asking the Environment Secretary about the impact it would have on fishermen in the UK. The UK Government have previously committed to leaving the Common Fisheries Policy as we leave the EU, but a deal was later struck that would see the UK in the CFP until the end of the transition period.

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Khan Al-Ahmar demolition “morally and legally wrong” says Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for the Orkney and Shetland, today challenged the Prime Minister to defend human rights in occupied Palestinian territories. The West Bank village of Khan al-Ahmar, is facing demolition, an action which the United Nations characterised as a breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and a war crime. Preparations for demolition started on 15th October, with work expected to start at any moment.

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Local Businesses must guard against fraud - Carmichael

Police in Orkney are warning residents and businesses in the islands to be on their guard against online and telephone fraud. It is estimated that around £350,000 has been stolen from the county through online and telephone fraud since the start of 2018 alone.

Alistair Carmichael MP has joined police in urging people to watch out for the warning signs to protect themselves and others against fraud.

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“Universal Credit not tackling in-work poverty” warns Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, has today warned the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions that the Government’s underfunding of Universal Credit could undermine the whole purpose of the benefits reforms.

In July 2015, then Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, cut Universal Credit funding, resulting in the Government removing working tax credits, a policy which makes the transition between benefits and work more smooth. The Government has since been forced to offer more transitional funding, but this only exists until 2023.

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Government must end Seafarer Pay scandal - Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for the Northern Isles, has today challenged the Government to do more to end chronic underpayment of seafarers working in the North Sea. Mr. Carmichael raised the issue last year and the then Minister commissioned a Legal Working Group to draft potential changes to the law which would deliver better pay and conditions to seafarers. The Working Group held its last meeting in December 2017, but the Government have not yet implemented the recommendations it gave.

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Carmichael challenges PM over fishing rights

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, has challenged the Prime Minister to guarantee fishing rights for UK fishermen as the UK leaves the European Union. Mr. Carmichael made the call during the weekly session of Prime Minister’s Question Time.

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Medicine Allergy labels not good enough – Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, today has called on the Government to ensure that medicines for treating anaphylactic reactions themselves contain full allergy notes. At present, many medicines for treating these conditions contain allergens, but the data sheets do not make clear which allergens are included.

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Alistair Carmichael Summer Surgeries

 

Alistair Carmichael MP

 Isles’ visits and constituency advice surgeries

August 2018

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