Ignored fishing industry concerns leave no confidence in Eustice – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has said there is little confidence left in George Eustice as DEFRA Secretary after a seafood organisation warned that Brexit red tape could be the “demise” of small fishing businesses.

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CHIS Bill still represents a risk to human rights abuses – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has spoken during the final debate on the Covert Human Intelligence Sources Bill, voicing concern about continued risks relating to human rights abuses by government agents. Mr Carmichael highlighted that while the Bill had been improved since it was first introduced, there were still too few protections against misuse of powers. The Bill now awaits Royal Assent.

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Carmichael highlights wholesaler challenges in call for continued Covid support

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has spoken about the challenges faced by the wholesale sector and related businesses in a call for continued fiscal support for businesses as some schemes face the prospect of being wound down. Many small businesses in the isles rely on wholesaler businesses services, which have been significantly impacted by the pandemic.

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“Like giving a bulldozer to a baby” – Carmichael calls out Government attempt to expand emergency powers

Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson, Alistair Carmichael MP, has attacked reports that the Government may seek to expand emergency powers under the Civil Contingencies Act. Downing Street sources have confirmed that the Cabinet Office has launched a review of the Civil Contingencies Act, increasing the Government’s emergency powers and may lead to Parliament losing much of its ability to approve emergency measures such as lockdowns and other restrictions on freedoms.

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Northern Isles representatives demand meeting to force consideration of testing at island entry points

Isles representatives, Beatrice Wishart MSP, Alistair Carmichael MP and Liam McArthur MSP have today called for an urgent meeting with the Scottish Government so that serious consideration can be given to mass testing at entry points to the Scottish islands.

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Scot Gov missing an opportunity by not implementing testing for island travellers

Isles representatives, Beatrice Wishart MSP, Alistair Carmichael MP and Liam McArthur MSP have today urged the Scottish Government to give serious consideration to mass testing at entry points to the Scottish islands after the Scottish Government said no plans were currently in place. 

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Record GDP drop in 2020 a reminder of need for bold thinking on economy – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has reacted to the news today that 2020 saw a record drop in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), saying this was a reminder that the Government needed to think differently to ensure a durable and dynamic recovery in the run up to the Budget. Mr Carmichael highlighted potential initiatives which should be considered in the upcoming Budget, including continued VAT cuts for tourism and hospitality, investment in marine renewables ahead of COP26, and decentralising economic development to rural and island areas.

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Carmichael joins push for electoral reform with new cross-party campaign

Orkney and Shetland MP and Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Political Reform, Alistair Carmichael, has joined the launch of a fresh effort to reform 'undemocratic' voting laws in the UK, with a new all-party group including members from all major parties pushing for change. The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Electoral Reform, chaired by Alex Sobel MP (Labour) and backed by the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) and Make Votes Matter (MVM), will work towards a more proportional voting system for all UK elections, while pushing for other reforms to boost democracy at Westminster.

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Illiberal extradition rules must be revisited to end abuses – Carmichael

Rules which allow unequal extradition to countries like the US must be revisited, Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael has said today. Speaking virtually in the House of Commons Mr Carmichael pressed the Government to allow debate on the issue, which dates back to the War on Terror and has provoked concern across society, including for liberals and human rights activists concerned about the potential for abuse.

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Tories twisting the law with new quarantine jail terms

Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson, Alistair Carmichael MP has called out the Government for “an abuse of the law-making process” after ministers indicated that they would not seek parliamentary approval to establish a ten-year prison sentence for people avoiding new quarantine rules. The attempt to avoid parliamentary scrutiny was described as “dystopian” by a former Attorney General today.

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