Op-Ed Reprieve - the Belhaj Case

Last week, President Trump fired his Secretary of State and replaced him with the current head of the CIA. He nominated Gina Haspel as the new head of the intelligence agency. Ms Haspel has a dark past for which she has yet to be held to account. She oversaw torture at a black site in Thailand in 2002. She drafted an order to destroy videotapes proving US personnel were involved in torture. President Obama’s failure to prosecute anyone for the CIA’s torture programme is one reason why one of its architects is on the cusp of leading America’s top spy agency.

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Fishermen let down by Government negotiations – Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, has criticised the Government for failing to deliver on promises made to the fishing industry about their future post-Brexit. The Brexit implementation period deal has committed the UK to remaining part of the Common Fisheries Policy, despite a commitment Mr. Carmichael secured from the Prime Minister in October last year where she said: “When we leave the European Union, we will leave the common fisheries policy.”

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Carmichael Demands Investment in Hospitals, Schools and Police

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has called on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to increase investment in public services as part of the Spring Budget. Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr. Carmichael has called on the Chancellor to recognise the need for further investment in hospitals, schools and the police.

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has called on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to increase investment in public services as part of the Spring Budget. Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr. Carmichael has called on the Chancellor to recognise the need for further investment in hospitals, schools and the police.

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Plastics in our sea must be tackled – Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, the MP for Orkney and Shetland, has again challenged the Government to take bolder steps to tackle the levels of plastic pollution in the sea. Rising levels of plastic in the Arctic ice have been mirrored by rising levels of plastic found in the stomach of marine animals, as well as rising numbers of creatures washing up on beaches tangled in plastic and nets.

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“PDO’s must be maintained post-Brexit” says Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for the Northern Isles, has again sought assurances from the Government that protected designations of Origin (PDOs), a system for guaranteeing that the product you are buying is from the place named in that product, are maintained post-Brexit. In the UK, PDOs cover many things like, Scotch Whisky, Stilton Cheese, Scotch Beef, and many other things. The framework for these PDOs is EU based, and when the UK ceases to be a member of the EU, PDOs will cease to be a legally guaranteed designation in the UK.

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Government must support refugee reunification says Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, has today called on the Prime Minister to support a Parliamentary Bill on Refugee Family Reunification, which is being debated next Friday. Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr. Carmichael endorsed Angus MacNeil’s Bill and called on the Prime Minister to do the same.

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Post-Brexit Animal Welfare Must be Evidence-Based Says Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, called for an evidence-based approach to post-Brexit animal welfare regulation in a parliamentary debate on live animal exportation yesterday. Mr Carmichael also set out questions that he felt the government would need to answer in putting forward a plan for future regulations.

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HIAL plans challenged with CAA

Northern Isles representatives Alistair Carmichael MP, Liam McArthur MSP, and Tavish Scott MSP today held talks with the CCA to discuss concerns surrounding plans by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) for the future of air traffic provision in the region.

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Offshore helicopter transport safety improvements essential – Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for the Northern Isles, has sponsored a Parliamentary Motion that calls for urgent improvements in safety on North Sea transport helicopters. Since February 2009, there have been six helicopter accidents resulting in the deaths of 33 offshore workers and crew and the rescue of 65 from the North Sea. The Motion also calls for a public enquiry to improve confidence in helicopter safety procedures among those who use them.

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Immigration Minister meeting shows positive next steps – Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for the Northern Isles, has attended a meeting with Brendan Lewis, the Immigration Minister, to discuss the issue of visas for fishing crews coming from outside the EU. This followed up on a question Mr. Carmichael asked the Minister earlier in the week. Mr. Carmichael encouraged the Minister to ensure that visas for the fishing industry were issued as skilled workers, rather than transit visas, a change that the industry has sought, for some time.

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