“Body blow” for Shetland North Mainland – Wishart and Carmichael respond to Scatsta closure

Statement issued by Beatrice Wishart MSP and Alistair Carmichael MP in response to the closure announcement of Scatsta Airport in Shetland:

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5G cannot be built on the back of slave labour – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today voiced concern over the Huawei’s involvement in 5G rollout and its connections to forced labour in China. Speaking in a Westminster debate on Huawei and 5G, Mr Carmichael raised a recent report alleging Huawei’s use of forced labour by the repressed Uighur Muslim minority in China.

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Green energy must be a priority in the coming Budget – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has called on the Government to prioritise clean energy in the Budget this month. Backing concerns raised by Northern Isles constituents, Mr. Carmichael has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer asking for his response.

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Ministers need to commit to the future of fishing and farming - Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has called on UK government ministers to commit to fighting the corner of British farmers and fishermen in trade negotiations. The call came after a senior government advisor was reported at the weekend as saying that the UK’s farming and fishing industries are “not critically important” to the country’s economy. The advisor, Dr Tim Leunig, suggested that Britain could become more like Singapore, which is “rich without having its own agricultural sector”.

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OACAS public meeting to be chaired by Carmichael

Isles MP Alistair Carmichael will chair a public meeting on Saturday 7th March to discuss local concerns about the closure of Orkney Alcohol Counselling & Advisory Service. The meeting will be held at the St. Magnus Centre in Kirkwall from 5:00-6:30pm and offers a chance for local people to voice their opinions.

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UK cannot be a “scavenger” of renewable technologies – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has this week argued that the UK cannot afford to be a “scavenger” of renewable energy technologies as it moves towards a net-zero economy. Speaking after meeting Energy Minister, Kwasi Kwarteng, alongside representatives of marine energy developers, Mr. Carmichael highlighted past lost opportunities for the UK to lead in the renewables industry and called on the Government to support the commercialisation of marine energy.

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Carmichael backs NFU President on concerns about “insane” trade deal

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today backed concerns voiced by NFU President Minette Batters that future trade deals involving agriculture could lead to the “insane” and “morally bankrupt” situation of farmers facing competition from food products which would be illegal to produce in the UK. Environment Secretary, George Eustice, was recently criticised after refusing to rule out chlorinated chicken and hormone-treated beef being imported from the US under a new deal.

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Carmichael introduces Bill on support for Hong Kong

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today spoken in the House of Commons to launch a Bill to support democracy protestors in Hong Kong. The Bill, which has support from MPs of all major parties, would re-open the offer of a British National Overseas (BNO) passports for Hong Kong citizens and extend the scheme to provide the “right of abode”, allowing a person to live or work indefinitely in the UK. The Bill’s co-sponsors are:

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Carmichael condemns attacks on healthcare facilities in Syria

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today condemned attacks by Russia and the Assad regime on civilian healthcare facilities in Syria, during a debate in the House of Commons.

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Needs of island communities must be considered in immigration proposals – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has responded to the Government’s new proposals on immigration, highlighting the potential impact on rural communities and specific industries.

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