Carmichael: release Russian election interference report in full

Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, has reacted with concern to media reports that nine Russian donors to the Conservative Party are named in an unpublished Government report on election interference by Russia. The report outlines attempts to influence UK elections by Russia, but the Government has said it will not release the documents before the national vote on 12 December.

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Carmichael: Tory immigration policy failed our fishing industry

Commenting on the announcement of Conservative immigration policy, Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael has criticised the Conservative Party for ignoring calls in the last Parliament to reform the visa system for non-EEA crew of Scottish fishing vessels.

Non-EEA crew members make up approximately 20% of those employed on fishing vessels in the UK, but their designation as "unskilled workers" makes obtaining visas difficult, with knock-on effects for the capacity of the industry.

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Carmichael: Government block on election interference report “alarming”

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has denounced as “alarming” an announcement on Monday that the Government will block release of a parliamentary report on Russian interference in UK elections. The report, which examines attempts to influence the result of the 2016 EU referendum, has been signed off for publication by the UK’s intelligence agencies, but No. 10 has said it will not release it before the general election on 12 December.

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Carmichael: fisheries action needed despite election

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, today pressed the Government in the House of Commons on its preparations for the December Fisheries Council, due to be held on 16-17 December. The Fisheries Council will take place four days after the planned general election and is likely to include discussions on the catch levels of North Sea Cod.

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Carmichael meets ministers to discuss Shared Rural Network plan

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, met on Wednesday with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Nicky Morgan MP, to discuss the Government’s recently announced Shared Rural Network plan. The £1 billion proposal aims to tackle the problem of low coverage in rural areas using a network of new and existing mobile phone masts, working with network providers. The plan is intended to grow mobile coverage to 95% of the UK by 2025.

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Carmichael challenges Government U-turn on Irish Sea border

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, today challenged the Government to explain plans for customs regulations between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr. Carmichael asked what steps the Government has taken to ensure that customs regulations are the same in Northern Ireland as in the rest of the UK.

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Carmichael backs election to break gridlock

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has put his support behind an early general election as the only way to end gridlock over Brexit. The House of Commons voted on Tuesday to back an election after assurances were made by the Government that a no-deal Brexit could not be forced before January 31, 2020.

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Carmichael criticises Irish Sea border in Brexit plan

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, today raised concerns in the House of Commons about the creation of a border in the Irish Sea under the Government’s new Brexit plan. The new agreement has been criticised by commentators for undermining the links between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

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Shetland representatives issue open letter on Post Office consultation

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart, have published their submission to the Post Office consultation on proposed changes to the Lerwick branch. The letter outlines a range of constituent concerns relating to the proposed move to a retail partner site, and calls for a full and open consultation, with guarantees on the future quality of the service.

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Carmichael: voter ID plan will harm democratic rights

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, on Monday pushed back on government plans to introduce compulsory photo ID requirements for voters. The new “election integrity” law announced in the Queen’s Speech has been criticised by a range of organisations concerned that the law could make it harder for marginalised groups to vote.

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