Alistair Carmichael

MP, Orkney and Shetland

Orkney and Shetland Liberal Democrat

Alistair Carmichael campaigned to remain in the European Union

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Alistair Carmichael’s voting in Parliament

Alistair Carmichael is a Liberal Democrat MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Liberal Democrat MPs.

However, Alistair Carmichael sometimes differs from their party colleagues, such as:

  • Alistair Carmichael generally voted against smoking bans, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted for. Show votes

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Recent appearances

  • UK Maritime Industry 12 Jan 2017

    We have had a truly excellent debate. Although we have had contributions from 15 right hon. and hon. Members, including the Minister, we have managed to cover the full range of areas, instead of each of us standing up and piece by piece repeating what has already been said. I hope that we will see the debate as not just an event in itself, but the start of a process, and that the Minister...
  • UK Maritime Industry 12 Jan 2017

    I beg to move, That this House has considered the future of the UK maritime industry. I am grateful to the Backbench Business Committee for allowing us the opportunity to debate this most important industry today, and I am grateful to see so many colleagues from across the House present. We have probably gone beyond the point in the year where we should be wishing each other a happy new year,...
  • UK Maritime Industry 12 Jan 2017

    It will not surprise the hon. Gentleman to hear that I will have a fair bit to say about national minimum wage and national living wage enforcement, because that is something that has come very much to the fore this year. It came to my attention in particular through the detention of the Malaviya Seven in Aberdeen and its sister ship, the Malaviya Twenty, in Great Yarmouth. Those ships have...

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Liberal Democrat MP for Orkney and Shetland

Entered the House of Commons on 7 June 2001 — General election


Topics of interest

  • Transport
  • Home Department
  • Treasury
  • Trade and Industry
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
  • Crown Estate
  • Departmental Postal Services
  • Railways
  • Shipping
  • Royal Prerogative

Currently held offices

  • Member, Committee on Exiting the European Union (since 31 Oct 2016)
  • Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Home Affairs) (since 29 Jul 2015)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Energy and Climate Change Committee (8 Jul 2015 to 17 Oct 2016)
  • The Secretary of State for Scotland (7 Oct 2013 to 8 May 2015)
  • Comptroller (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Commons) (12 May 2010 to 7 Oct 2013)
  • Member, Members' Allowances Committee (9 Feb 2009 to 6 May 2010)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland (1 Jun 2008 to 12 Apr 2010)
  • Member, Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill (Joint Committee) (1 May 2008 to 22 Jul 2008)
  • Member, Consolidation etc. Bills (Joint Committee) (25 Mar 2008 to 6 May 2010)
  • Member, Scottish Affairs Committee (28 Jan 2008 to 6 May 2010)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (18 Oct 2007 to 6 May 2010)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Transport (3 Mar 2006 to 18 Oct 2007)
  • Member, Public Accounts Committee (12 Jul 2005 to 22 May 2006)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs) (10 May 2005 to 2 Mar 2006)
  • Member, International Development Committee (5 Nov 2001 to 26 Feb 2002)
  • Member, Scottish Affairs Committee (16 Jul 2001 to 12 Jul 2005)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change) (10 May 2001 to 10 May 2005)

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Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 9 Jan 2017.

3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK sources
Name of donor: Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd
Address of donor: The Garden House, Water End, York. YO30 6WQ

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £34,000 to help meet my legal costs

Date received: 25 January 2016

Date accepted: 19 February 2016

Donor status: company, registration number 357963

(Registered 18 March 2016)
Name of donor: Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd
Address of donor: The Garden House, Water End, York YO30 6WQ

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £16,000 to help meet my legal costs

Date received: 24 March 2016

Date accepted: 24 March 2016

Donor status: company, registration number 357963

(Registered 04 April 2016)
4. Visits outside the UK
Name of donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qatar
Address of donor: Qatar Embassy, 1 South Audley St, London W1K 1NB

Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): air travel, food and accommodation to a value of £6,550

Destination of visit: Doha, Qatar

Date of visit: 16 to 19 February 2016

Purpose of visit: As part of All-Party Parliamentary British-Qatar Group, to meet Ministers and officials, to visit proposed World Cup sites and to discuss labour conditions and regional issues.

(Registered 18 March 2016)

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