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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.
This is a selection of Alistair Carmichael’s votes.
Generally voted for an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency Show votes
9 votes for, 2 votes against, 1 absence, between 2010–2020.
Generally voted for reducing central government funding of local government Show votes
4 votes for, 0 votes against, 4 absences, between 2010–2019.
Almost always voted for greater restrictions on campaigning by third parties, such as charities, during elections Show votes
8 votes for, 0 votes against, 4 absences, between 2013–2016.
Voted a mixture of for and against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability Show votes
6 votes for, 7 votes against, 2 absences, between 2011–2016.
Generally voted for more EU integration Show votes
88 votes for, 14 votes against, 46 absences, between 2006–2020.
Generally voted for fewer MPs in the House of Commons Show votes
5 votes for, 2 votes against, 2 absences, between 2010–2020.
Last updated: 12 Oct 2020.
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What recent estimate the commission has made of the potential number of fraudulent votes that will be prevented with plans to mandate voter ID at future elections.
We know, as the hon. Gentleman says, that previous work by the commission has shown that voter impersonation is a very rare occurrence in this country. We also know from the other side of the Atlantic that schemes there involving the production of identification at polling stations have suppressed turnout, especially among poorer communities and minority ethnic communities. Will that...
What discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the potential contribution to easing trade flows between Northern Ireland and Great Britain of the UK securing veterinary and phytosanitary agreements with the EU.
More of Alistair Carmichael’s recent appearances
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
- Trade and Industry
- Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
- Crown Estate
- Departmental Postal Services
- Royal Prerogative
Currently held offices
- 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)
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