Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has used a parliamentary debate on the use of immigration detention to argue for a more humane and cost-effective system.
Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, led a debate in Parliament on reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and urged the UK to make it a priority in the ongoing EU negotiations.
Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, has praised the efforts of those behind the Facebook campaign against the high cost of air travel to the isles, after Loganair announced a new compassionate fare discount.
Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, has criticised the Prime Minister for his failure to recognise the changed public mood towards welcoming asylum seekers and his refusal to convene a cross-party summit on the refugee crisis.
Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael has written to Tony Hall the Director General at the BBC raising concerns about the future of weather forecasts for the Northern Isles.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced an extra £4million to help mark the Centenary of the First World War and Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, is urging local communities to apply for a grant.
Following the phenomenal success of its community grants programme First World War: then and now, HLF has made an additional £4million available in 2015/16 for communities looking to explore, conserve and share local heritage of the First World War. Grants are available between £3,000 to £10,000.
Mr Carmichael said: “Thanks to National Lottery funding, thousands of young people throughout the UK have already been involved in activities marking the First World War Centenary such as researching and recording local history and conserving war memorials.
“The role of Orcadians and Shetlanders in the War should not be overlooked. Our small communities suffered substantial loss of life and commemorations like this can help preserve the local heritage.
“It is important that we remember the impact of this war one hundred years on. There is still time to apply for National Lottery money and I would urge anyone in the Northern Isles with an idea for their own project to get in touch with the Heritage Lottery Fund.”
Sir Peter Luff, Chair of the HLF, said: “The demand for National Lottery funding for First World War projects has been phenomenal, so much so we’ve decided to make extra money available. This will mean everyone, in particular more young people, can explore the momentous events of a war that shaped our nation, Europe and the world.”
Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, is urging ambitious companies in the Northern Isles to enter a competition to find Scotland’s next leading businesses.
Scottish EDGE is a funding competition aimed at identifying Scotland’s top, young innovators and high growth potential entrepreneurs. Companies can apply for and win awards up to £100,000.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) helps support all local entrants through application appraisals and pitch training. Applications close on 9 September 2015.
Mr Carmichael said:
“Orkney and Shetland both have a long history of people starting and growing local businesses. This willingness to take the risk and to start a business for themselves is a crucial part of our local economy. Anything that helps that process is to be encouraged.
“The Scottish EDGE competition could provide grants and exposure for an emerging business from the Northern Isles. As local entrepreneurs have frequently told me, starting out from scratch and accessing finance are the biggest challenges for a new business. Therefore, the chance to secure some funding plus expert mentoring support from HIE is an opportunity that I hope many would jump at.
“I encourage any ambitious local entrepreneur with a plan to grow their company to apply by 9 September. Winners or not, the process of preparing a pitch and accessing expert support is invaluable in an ever more competitive environment.”
Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has pressed the company responsible for work capability assessments in the Northern Isles to act swiftly to clear the backlog of work.
Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has warned that the Conservative Government must start listening on green energy policy or risk doing lasting damage to the development of a renewable energy industry.
Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has asked the UK Government to raise the plight of five Burmese students arrested for peacefully protesting against the country’s military-controlled government.