Carmichael challenges Truss to face protesting farmers on Monday

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today called on the Secretary of State for International Trade Liz Truss to meet with farmers protesting over concerns about the protection of food standards in future trade deals.

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Carmichael calls for economic support plans in light of renewed lockdowns

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has called for the government to give certainty to businesses affected by local lockdowns, particularly in light of reports of an enhanced national lockdown in Scotland this week. Speaking during an urgent debate in Parliament, Mr Carmichael highlighted the enhanced risks to tourism and hospitality businesses running into the last school holiday before winter. Last week Mr Carmichael met with the Scottish Tourism Alliance to discuss their concerns about the level of support to date.

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Covert Human Intelligence Sources Bill needs stronger limits on lawbreaking – Carmichael

Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson, Alistair Carmichael, has spoken during the Second Reading of the Covert Human Intelligence Sources Bill on Monday evening, warning that the Bill as drafted would give sweeping powers for government agencies to authorise lawbreaking with few limitations and little oversight. Human rights groups have voiced deep concerns with the current version of the Bill, which as drafted could allow government bodies from MI5 to the Food Standards Agency to authorise crimes up to and including torture, sexual assault and murder.

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More support needed for long Covid sufferers – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today called on the government to do more to support those suffering from “long Covid” to recover and return to work. There has been increasing recognition of Covid-19 patients who have long term health effects after the initial period of illness, including breathlessness and exhaustion even months later. Other symptoms include a persistent cough, joint pain, muscle aches, hearing and eyesight problems, headaches, loss of smell and taste as well as damage to the heart, lungs, kidneys and gut.

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Government efforts needed to ensure future success of local Post Offices – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today called on the government to follow up its judicial inquiry into the Horizon Post Office scandal with further efforts to support the long term success of local postmasters in rural and island communities. Speaking in an urgent parliamentary debate Mr Carmichael highlighted the damage done to the availability of postmasters by the scandal and the need to ensure the future of the network.

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DVSA needs to get its act together on island tests – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has revealed inconsistent advice given by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) for islanders seeking to book driving tests this autumn. Mr Carmichael highlighted confusion between DVSA claims that tests were available in October and the experience of many constituents who have continued to be unable to book tests in practice. Many Islanders who had tests booked in March and cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions were left in the dark for months.

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Suggestions of island migrant processing centre disrespectful to all – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has reacted to news that the government had refused to rule out establishing an offshore migrant processing facility in the Scottish islands, calling the idea “disrespectful” to both islanders and those seeking asylum in the UK. The news follows reporting by the Financial Times that the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, had sought to establish a similar facility on Ascension Island in the South Atlantic.

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Carmichael meets with Scottish Tourism Alliance to discuss pandemic economic response

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has this week met with the Scottish Tourism Alliance to discuss a stronger economic response to the challenges faced by the hospitality industry as the pandemic continues.

The STA shared details of the Association of Scotland's Self-Caterers survey last week which revealed that more than £70M will be lost within the sector before Christmas as a result of the recent announcements around single households, and highlighted concerns that the government may not make any further efforts to support the sector despite the impact of new restrictions in recent weeks.

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Carmichael speaks ahead of key coronavirus law vote: “Students have been left swinging in the wind”

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has spoken out in the House of Commons ahead of a key vote this week on the coronavirus law brought into place in March. Mr Carmichael highlighted public frustration with inconsistent rules and the plight of many students in all parts of the UK who have faced confusing and harsh rules around their behaviour. Mr Carmichael also raised concerns about the centralised approach used by governments around the UK, leaving little scope for local authorities to determine rules that work for them.

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Carmichael backs calls for supermarket reporting on plastic use

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today backed a cross-party motion calling on the government to ensure that UK supermarkets report their use of plastic packaging with targets to reduce its usage. The motion, backed by MPs from all major parties, highlights the environmental impact of plastic packaging, which contributes a large proportion of plastic pollution in the natural environment. The call comes at the end of the Great British Beach Clean 2020, in which people across the UK were encouraged to help pick up litter at their local beaches.

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