Tory threats to democratic constitution are worrying - Carmichael

Responding to the reports that the Conservative manifesto includes plans to undermine legal oversight of the Government, Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, called the suggestions "authoritarian". The plans, outlined on page 48 of the Tory manifesto, include limitations on voting rights, amendments to the Human Rights act and plans to review the relationship between government and other bodies including the House of Lords and the Supreme Court.

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Carmichael backs RenewableUK manifesto for greener isles

Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, has backed today the RenewableUK "Renewables Manifesto" as a way to combat climate change while boosting the Northern Isles economy. The manifesto includes calls for continued expansion of existing renewable energy production, investment in renewable innovation, and support for Ofgem to take decarbonisation into account in its operations.

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IFS findings on SNP manifesto a bombshell - Carmichael

Responding to findings from the Institute for Fiscal Studies this week that the SNP manifesto could lead to more austerity for Scotland and increase inequality, Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, called the report a "bombshell". The IFS found that the SNP manifesto policies were uncosted but were likely to require significant budget cuts and tax increases in order to reduce the deficit, as demanded in nationalist plans for independence.

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NFUS manifesto deserves support in Brexit uncertainty - Carmichael

The National Farmers' Union Scotland (NFUS) election manifesto has been backed today by Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael. The manifesto sets out ten priorities for a future government regarding farming, including avoiding a no-deal Brexit scenario, equitable international trading standards and cooperation on climate change and animal welfare issues.

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IFS announcement highlights unfunded Tory promises - Carmichael

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has announced today that Conservative plans for local authority funding were insufficient and would lead to service cuts or council tax rises. Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael has responded, highlighting the risks of unfunded policy announcements to local authorities.

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Tory threat to Channel 4 an attack on press freedom - Carmichael

Following reports today that the Government may review Channel 4's license in the wake of a televised debate on climate change, Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, has condemned the Conservatives for an "attack on press freedom". The threat of action from the Conservatives came as they were "empty-chaired" in the debate after Boris Johnson refused to attend with other party leaders.

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Fuel Poverty Awareness Day 2019 a call for action - Carmichael

Speaking on Fuel Poverty Awareness Day 2019, Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, has said that the day must be a call to action. National Energy Action (NEA) and Energy Action Scotland (EAS), the national charities seeking to end fuel poverty, organise the event to raise awareness of the issue and provide advice and support.

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Alistair Carmichael endorsed by More United

Cross-party movement More United has announced its endorsement of the Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, as a moderate candidate rejecting extreme politics. More United selects candidates who share values of opportunity, openness, tolerance, democracy and care for the environment and sign a pledge to stand up for these values as MPs. Once elected they will join a cross-party network to build consensus and campaign together on issues including social care, the environment and mental health.

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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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