Alistair Carmichael

Liberal Democrat Chief Whip

Liberal Democrat MP for Orkney and Shetland


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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Alistair Carmichael has hardly ever rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hong Kong: Police 9 Aug 2019

    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) training, (b) capacity building and (c) assistance (i) the UK Government and (ii) Scotland Yard provides to the Hong Kong Police Force.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Leaving the EU: No Deal 24 Jul 2019

    A no-deal Brexit will be catastrophic for Scotland’s hill farmers, especially those looking to export sheepmeat to the European Union. That is not just my view but the view of the National Farmers Union Scotland and the NFU across the four parts of the United Kingdom. Can the Secretary of State give me and them some assurance that he will not just sit in Cabinet and watch their livelihoods...
  • Backbench Business: Human Rights in Saudi Arabia — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] 18 Jul 2019

    Thank you, Sir Henry, and Mr Evans before you, for chairing our proceedings. I thank all right hon. and hon. Members for their contributions to this excellent and thoughtful debate. I thank the Minister for his very substantial reply. I had not realised that he had been a Minister in this post for two months, which by contemporary standards is a record of durability and longevity. I wish him...

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Liberal Democrat MP for Orkney and Shetland

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

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Topics of interest

Alistair Carmichael campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC

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

Currently held offices

  • Liberal Democrat Chief Whip (since 16 Jun 2017)
  • Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Northern Ireland) (since 16 Jun 2017)

Other offices held in the past

  • Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (7 Feb 2019 to 21 Aug 2019)
  • Member, Committee on Exiting the European Union (31 Oct 2016 to 3 May 2017)
  • Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Home Affairs) (29 Jul 2015 to 16 Jun 2017)
  • 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)
  • Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Scotland) (1 Jun 2008 to 12 Apr 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)
  • Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Northern Ireland) (18 Oct 2007 to 6 May 2010)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (18 Oct 2007 to 6 May 2010)
  • Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Transport) (3 Mar 2006 to 18 Oct 2007)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Transport (3 Mar 2006 to 18 Oct 2007)
  • Member, Public Accounts Committee (12 Jul 2005 to 22 May 2006)
  • Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Home Affairs) (10 May 2005 to 2 Mar 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)
  • Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change) (10 May 2001 to 10 May 2005)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change) (10 May 2001 to 10 May 2005)

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Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 2 Sep 2019.

4. Visits outside the UK
Name of donor: Kuwait National Assembly
Address of donor: Arabian Gulf Street, Kuwait City, Kuwait, PO Box 716 Safat Postal Code 13008

Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation): Flights, transport, food and accommodation with a value of £3,800

Destination of visit: Kuwait

Dates of visit: 6 - 9 November 2018

Purpose of visit: APPG on Kuwait delegation to visit the Kuwait Parliament and to gain a better understanding of the important Kuwait/UK bilateral relationship.

(Registered 29 November 2018)
Name of donor: Open Society Foundation
Address of donor: 224 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019, United States

Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation): Contribution towards flights, accommodation, sustenance and incidental expenses, total value £1,985.31. All other costs met by a non-registrable source.

Destination of visit: Japan

Dates of visit: 28 February - 4 March 2019

Purpose of visit: Invited by the Japanese Federal Bar Association (JFBA) and to meet with government ministers, officials and MPs to discuss the abolition of the death penalty.

(Registered 08 April 2019)
8. Miscellaneous
From 22 September 2017, unremunerated Director of the Council for Arab-British Understanding. (Registered 12 October 2017)

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