Carmichael demands action on fishing visas

Alistair Carmichael, Northern Isles MP, asked in the House today for the Minister for Immigration, Mr. Robert Goodwell MP, to consider how best to tailor the immigration system to take into account the different needs of different parts of the country.

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Carmichael Calls for revisiting of Faroese Deal

Alistair Carmichael, Orkney and Shetland MP has called on Fisheries Minister, George Eustice to put pressure on EU negotiators to revisit the deal struck in 2013 between the Faroe Islands and the EU in the annual debate on Fisheries ahead of the December council meeting on fisheries.

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Carmichael Challenges Openreach to improve Resilience

Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael challenged BT Openreach to improve internet resilience in Orkney and Shetland following a massive volume of complaints that the local MP and MSPs have received.

Telecommunications in the county were disrupted last week by a lightning strike that saw many homes and business without service for some days.

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Carmichael seeks reassurance for Food and Drink businesses in Northern Isles

Today in the House of Commons, Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael sought reassurance that the Government would support Small and Medium sized businesses in the Food and Drink Sector from the uncertainty in the UK Economy caused by the vote to leave the EU.

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Autumn Statement “a missed opportunity” says Carmichael

Commenting at the Autumn Statement Mr. Carmichael said:

Can I welcome those elements of the statement, which are positive. The spending on infrastructure, especially on Broadband and mobile phone signal, the freeze in fuel duty, and the changes to Universal Credit, are all steps in the right direction. We wanted to see the extra cash given to the NHS and social care, that is needed as winter is coming on, it risks becoming acute. But I understand the difficulties that face the Chancellor today. He has a £122bn black hole as a result of Brexit so instead of using the NHS as a political football, will he work with people across the parties and of no party to identify where the money can be got because frankly, it is too important to be treated like this.”

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Carmichael Challenges Foreign Minister over Syrian Refugees

Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has today challenged the Minister for Foreign Affairs over the treatment of UK Citizens who are volunteering to aid refugees on the island of Chios.


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Fix phone signal for Northern Isles before working on 5G says Carmichael

Reacting to news that the Chancellor will tomorrow give three quarters of a billion pounds to fund a further roll out of fibre as well as money towards development of 5G Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael challenged the Government on their priorities.

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Carmichael backs Right of Return for Chagos Islanders

Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael today backed the Chagos Islanders’ right to return to their home if they wish to.

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Carmichael welcomes Government response to call for action on Seafarers pay

Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael today managed to secure Government support to look into changing the law to prevent companies from paying their staff less than the minimum wage. The practice, which is common in the North Sea, sees people paid as little as £3.66 an hour according to the RMT on lines which are funded by the Scottish Government.

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Child Poverty too high in parts of Orkney and Shetland says Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has called for more action to end child poverty in the Northern Isles in response to figures published by the End Child Poverty Coalition. In total 1,044 children across Orkney and Shetland were in poverty.

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