Boris as Minister for the Union like a fox as Minister for the Henhouse – Carmichael

Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Constitutional Affairs, Alistair Carmichael MP, has today condemned the Prime Minister’s remarks that Scottish devolution had been a “disaster”. The Prime Minister made the comments on a video call with Conservative MPs and has been roundly condemned by most parties. Liberal Democrats were leading forces behind the creation of the Scottish Parliament and support a federal system for the United Kingdom.

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Isles representatives take energy issues to Ofgem

Northern Isles representatives Alistair Carmichael MP and Beatrice Wishart MSP have written to Ofgem to seek an urgent meeting to address steep energy price rises and poor customer service from suppliers.

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Government “tone-deaf and wrong on the facts” on delivery charge inequality – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has voiced frustration after the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Jesse Norman argued that the Government “should not intervene” in unfair delivery charges to rural and island communities. Mr Carmichael received the response after raising concerns in Parliament about the high charges faced by islanders buying products online, and the need to incentivise a universal delivery charge by retailers.

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Carmichael backs small shop delivery support campaign

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has put his support behind the Scottish Liberal Democrat campaign to boost small and local shops ahead of the vital Christmas shopping period. Lib Dem Treasury spokesperson, Christine Jardine, has written to the Chancellor urging him to “even the playing field” by covering delivery costs to help small shops compete with online retailers.

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Excuses wearing thin on lack of Hong Kong sanctions – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today called on the government to implement Magnitsky-style sanctions on officials responsible for breaches of human rights and democratic freedoms in Hong Kong. During an urgent debate on Hong Kong following the expulsion of pro-democracy lawmakers in the city’s legislature, Mr Carmichael highlighted the need for a robust response.

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Carmichael secures commitment from Prime Minister to take forward fishing visa issue

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today secured a commitment from the Prime Minister to take up fishermen’s concerns about access to skilled deckhands with the Home Secretary. Mr Carmichael spoke in Prime Minister’s Questions in support of his constituent, Ronnie Norquoy, who wrote to Boris Johnson this week of his frustration with the government’s refusal to implement the advice of the Migration Advisory Committee on visas for fishing deckhands.

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Carmichael condemns expulsion of pro-democracy legislators in Hong Kong

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has voiced concern about news that all of Hong Kong's pro-democracy lawmakers have resigned after four of their colleagues were disqualified by a new resolution from Beijing. Opposition lawmakers left the city legislature in solidarity, leaving Hong Kong with almost no opposition voices within the body amid wider concerns about the suppression of dissent in the city. The United Kingdom has historic obligations to the former colony, within the Sino-British Joint Declaration.

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Carmichael welcomes Scottish Salmon Sustainability Charter

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today welcomed the release of the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation Sustainability Charter. The document outlines salmon producers’ goal to become a world-leading sector for environmentally responsible food production, and to support Scotland’s 2045 net-zero target.

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Carmichael: Covid vaccine progress welcome but no excuse for test and trace failings

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has welcomed today’s news that a Covid-19 vaccine under development by Pfizer may have over 90% effectiveness. Mr Carmichael warned however that the prospect of a future vaccine could not disguise the government’s ongoing failure on test-and-trace which is vital to managing the current “second wave” of the pandemic.

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Carmichael demands guarantee of recognition for skilled deckhands

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has written to the Home Secretary to ask for a guarantee that deckhands for fishing vessels will be recognised as a “shortage occupation” under future immigration rules, ensuring access to skilled workers for fishing vessels. The letter follows the Government’s decision to reject advice by their own Migration Advisory Committee that would have included fishing vessel deckhands on the “skilled worker” list.

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