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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; comparable Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted for. Show votes
2 votes for, 2 votes against, 7 absences, between 2002–2015. Liberal Democrat, 11 votes, between 2002–2015
Alistair Carmichael generally voted for transferring more powers to the Scottish Parliament; comparable Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted against. Show votes
29 votes for, 10 votes against, 23 absences, between 2011–2022. Liberal Democrat, 64 votes, between 2011–2022
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Alistair Carmichael has never rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.
Liberal Democrat MP for Orkney and Shetland
Entered the House of Commons on 7 June 2001 — General election
Topics of interest
Alistair Carmichael campaigned to remain in the European Union
- Home Department
- Home Office
- Trade and Industry
- Crown Estate
- Departmental Postal Services
- Royal Prerogative
Currently held offices
- Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Justice) (since 11 Jul 2022)
- Member, Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Disabled Persons) Bill Committee (since 2 Feb 2022)
- Member, Local Government (Disqualification) Bill Committee (since 24 Nov 2021)
- Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Home Affairs) (since 7 Sep 2020)
- Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Northern Ireland) (since 7 Sep 2020)
Other offices held in the past
- Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Cabinet Office) (7 Sep 2020 to 10 Jul 2022)
- Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union) (6 Jan 2020 to 7 Sep 2020)
- Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) (6 Jan 2020 to 7 Sep 2020)
- Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (7 Feb 2019 to 21 Aug 2019)
- Liberal Democrat Chief Whip (16 Jun 2017 to 7 Sep 2020)
- Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Northern Ireland) (16 Jun 2017 to 6 Jan 2020)
- Member, Committee on the Future Relationship with 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)
Previous MPs in this constituency
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Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 20 Mar 2023.
1. Employment and earnings
From 12 May 2021 until further notice, member of the Advisory Board of the House Magazine, Dods Group Ltd, 11th Floor, The Shard, 32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG. I receive £150 for each meeting attended. (Registered 22 September 2021)
6. Land and property portfolio: (i) value over £100,000 and/or (ii) giving rental income of over £10,000 a year
From 10 November 2021, farmland including farm buildings and one dwelling house let as holiday accommodation, on Islay, Argyll. All managed through Coillabus Farms, with any income being paid to my parents: (i) and (ii). (Registered 16 November 2021)
7. (i) Shareholdings: over 15% of issued share capital
From 24 October 2021, a partner in Coillabus Farms, a firm which manages two farms and the letting of self-catering holiday accommodation on Islay. (Registered 16 November 2021)
From 22 September 2017, unremunerated Director of the Council for Arab-British Understanding. (Registered 12 October 2017)
From 24 October 2021, an unpaid partner in Coillabus Farms. (Registered 16 November 2021)
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