UK must take the lead on support for stranded sailors – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today called on the government to take the lead on international action to support seafarers stranded by Covid-19. Many seafarers continue to be stranded on ships or abroad due to travel restrictions, including 2000 UK sailors, with severe effects on sailor welfare.

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Carmichael backs united UK front on Hong Kong support

Liberal Democrat spokesperson on foreign affairs, Alistair Carmichael MP, has today backed the UK government in offering a united front in support of Hong Kong, but called for the Foreign Secretary to go further to ensure that no Hongkonger is left behind following China’s imposition of a national security law on the city and the UK’s offer of the right to abode for BNO passport holders.

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Rally international community in light of Chinese suppression of Uighurs – Carmichael

Liberal Democrat spokesperson on foreign affairs, Alistair Carmichael MP, has today called for the government to work internationally to respond to China’s actions against the Uighur minority. Recent reports have suggested that China is intentionally suppressing the birth rate of the Uighurs with the intent of destroying their distinct culture within China.

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Truss concession on Trade and Agriculture Commission a step in the right direction – Carmichael

Responding to the announcement from the Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss MP on the agreement, in principle, to establish a Trade and Agriculture Commission, Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, said:

“I am glad to see some degree of concession by the government on a food standards commission after a powerful grassroots campaign from farming groups including the NFUS.

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“Special consideration” needed to ensure viable future for seasonal industries – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today called on the government to ensure a long-term programme to protect jobs in the seasonal economy. Speaking in the House of Commons Mr Carmichael noted the risk to jobs from “three winters in a row” due to the reduction in tourism and asked for special consideration to be made for these industries.

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Foreign Secretary must come to Parliament in response to Hong Kong legislation – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP and Liberal Democrat spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Alistair Carmichae, has today called on the Foreign Secretary to come to Parliament in light of the deadline for China’s new national security law on Tuesday. Mr Carmichael highlighted that lack of clarity on government measures to support Hong Kong and British Nationals (Overseas) passport holders.

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Relocating jobs risks “hollowing out” NI economy – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland Liberal Democrat MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today highlighted the concerns of businesses in Northern Ireland which are considering relocating jobs to the Republic of Ireland in light of uncertainty over the future trading relationship with the EU. Mr Carmichael noted the comments from former minister Julian Smith, who said he had been contacted by firms considering moving jobs across the border.

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Scrap “irrational” immigration policies – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland Liberal Democrat MP, Alistair Carmichael, has challenged the government to learn lessons and initiate a deep review of Home Office policy in response to the Windrush scandal. Speaking in the House of Commons Mr Carmichael highlighted other systemic issues within the department including on the treatment of non-EEA nationals in fishing vessels.

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“Blind quarantine” a distraction from UK Covid-19 challenges – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland Liberal Democrat MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today challenged the Prime Minister to repair public confidence in the government’s response to Covid-19 by adopting a more targeted approach on international quarantine. Public health experts have criticised the government’s quarantine policy as coming months too late and a distraction from the vital test and trace system.

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“Honest assessment” of failure to end radicalisation needed – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland Liberal Democrat MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today called for an “honest assessment” of the failures of counter terrorism policy in preventing radicalisation. Speaking in the House of Commons in response to a statement on this weekend’s terrorist attack in Reading, Mr Carmichael highlighted the lack of progress made by successive governments’ “tough” rhetoric to end terrorism.

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