Latest statistics demonstrate Citizens Advice Bureau’s vital role – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has praised the Citizen’s Advice Bureau Scotland after it released its annual statistics for 2019-20. The statistics showed that CAB supported 2,882 people in the Northern Isles during the latest reporting year, helping save islanders £3.8 million – an increase of £500,000 over the previous period.

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Sovereignty trumping economics means more hard borders – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has spoken in Parliament against new rushed legislation to prepare the country for the end of the EU transition period. Mr Carmichael spoke on a new Bill adding customs and taxation regulation to Northern Ireland as a result of Brexit, and voiced concern that so much of the law was not ready and would need to be amended with secondary legislation in future.

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“Big Bang” of fisheries changes delayed again – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today spoken out against the “political management strategy” that led to fisheries being left out of the EU Withdrawal Agreement and under negotiate in trade talks. Speaking while contributing to the committee scrutinising legislation to translate the Common Fisheries Policy rules into UK law, Mr Carmichael voiced concern that the “Big Bang” of changes to fishing rights would again be delayed, falling short of promises made by the Conservatives to the fishing industry.

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“Tremendous prize”: Carmichael leads parliamentary debate calling for greater support for marine renewables

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has called on the government to provide “finely tuned” support to enable the growth and commercialisation of marine renewables. Highlighting successful projects in both Orkney and Shetland and around the UK, Mr Carmichael said that unlocking investment in wave and tidal energy could see the UK lead the world and generate high quality jobs for coastal communities.

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Two vital months wasted as ministers retreat from international lawbreaking – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has welcomed news that the government will withdraw plans to breach international law over Brexit. The UK and EU have reached agreement on how rules in the Brexit divorce deal relating to Northern Ireland's borders will work in practice. Government plans to override provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement had threatened to jeopardise ongoing post-Brexit trade talks.

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Carmichael to lead debate on support for marine energy

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, will lead a parliamentary debate on government support for marine renewables. Mr Carmichael secured the debate after recently raising concerns about the potential for other countries to overtake the UK’s head start in the sector and the importance of investing in green innovation ahead of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow next year. The MP has coordinated with renewables groups ahead of the debate, including the European Marine Energy Centre based in Orkney, RenewableUK and the Marine Energy Council.

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Carmichael calls for clarity over promised support on sheep

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has written to Michael Gove, the minister in charge of no-deal planning, to ask him to give full detail on promised support for sheep farmers in the event of a no-deal Brexit. When Northern Isles food producers met last week with Gove and the DEFRA Secretary, George Eustice, they were told that ‘mechanisms’ were in place to support farmers and crofters in the event of disruption caused by a no-deal scenario or price collapse.

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Connectivity 200 times slower in isles than in cities demands a real universal service obligation

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has highlighted the “chasm” in connectivity between cities and island communities in a speech to Parliament. Mr Carmichael highlighted a factor of 200 between many islanders’ connections and those found in cities in calling for a recognition of market failure for rural and island connectivity. Highlighting outrageous quotes given to connect households under the “Universal Service Obligation”, he also called on the national and devolved governments to work together and reduce confusion and competing programmes for high-speed internet.

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We walk away from the right to peaceful protest at our peril – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has voiced renewed concern about the ban on protests put in place during the current lockdown in England. Speaking in Parliament during a debate on renewed restrictions and under his remit as Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson, Mr Carmichael highlighted the importance of the right to protest even during the pandemic, saying that “we walk away from that at our peril”.

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Carmichael welcomes confirmation on isles vaccine capacity

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has welcomed news today that the first Covid-19 vaccine has been approved for use in the UK and will be rolled out starting next week. Mr Carmichael said it was “encouraging” that officials had already confirmed that island health boards would be ready to store the vaccine locally.

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