Alistair Carmichael

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

Liberal Democrat MP for Orkney and Shetland


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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:

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Alistair Carmichael has never rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill 24 May 2022

    In all candour, I do not envy the Secretary of State’s task. He describes it as painful, difficult and sensitive. All those words are absolutely correct, but this is not the first time we have been in this situation. Since the days of John Major and Tony Blair, the only way we have been able to make progress is to get everybody together to build consensus and then introduce legislation. It...
  • Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Forced Confession 24 May 2022

    Today’s revelations just add to the horror that we all feel about the continuing treatment of Nazanin, but she is not the only UK dual national, in Iran or elsewhere, to suffer such treatment. May I bring to the Minister’s attention the case of Alaa Abdel Fattah, a UK-Egypt dual national currently detained in Egypt, who has been tortured and has been on hunger strike for 53 days? Will the...
  • Xinjiang Internment Camps: Shoot-to-Kill Policy 24 May 2022

    I suspect that the Minister gave a more revealing answer than she had intended to give to the right hon. Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Sir Iain Duncan Smith), when she said that if there are to be restrictions on the UN party visiting the province, that would achieve only one thing: to expose China as a country that disliked outside scrutiny. That would hardly be exposing...

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

Currently held offices

  • 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)
  • Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Cabinet Office) (since 7 Sep 2020)

Other offices held in the past

  • 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

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 16 May 2022.

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)
Payment of £150 expected for a meeting on 12 May 2021. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 22 September 2021)
30 September 2021, received £600 for four meetings. Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 01 October 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)
8. Miscellaneous
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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