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

  • Orgreave: Public Inquiry into Policing 20 Jul 2016

    I welcome the new Home Secretary to her position and wish her well. It is not unreasonable in these circumstances for her to want to take time to consider the matter, but it will not go away. While it may relate specifically to South Yorkshire, it has implications for the credibility of policing right across the country. Does she accept that this matter is wholly exceptional and will need a...
  • Higher Education and Research Bill 19 Jul 2016

    I do think it important to attract people to the NHS. I think that today we should be concentrating on the Bill as it stands, but our Committee will certainly consider that issue in due course. Let me return to my point about social justice and the need to extend it to all, because that is critical. In particular, we need to extend it throughout the country, to regions, areas and localities...
  • Turkey 19 Jul 2016

    Some of us have always been sceptical about the suitability of Turkey as a safe country to which refugees could be returned under the EU deal. Can the Minister confirm that that EU deal is kept under review? Will he also impress upon the Turkish Government that the continuation of the deal, and the many advantages that stand to go to Turkish citizens under it, will be judged according to...

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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

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

Currently held offices

  • Shadow LD Spokesperson (Home Affairs) (since 29 Jul 2015)
  • Member, Energy and Climate Change Committee (since 8 Jul 2015)

Other offices held in the past

  • 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: 11 Jul 2016.

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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