Alistair Carmichael Portrait

Alistair Carmichael

Liberal Democrat - Orkney and Shetland

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

(since September 2020)

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Northern Ireland)

(since September 2020)

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

(since September 2020)

Debate information

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Significant Orkney and Shetland Petitions

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
100,752
Petition Closed

End the export of live farm animals after Brexit.

Gov Responded - 16 Oct 2017 Debated on - 26 Feb 2018 View Mr Alistair Carmichael's petition debate contributions
19 Mar 2018
closed 2 years, 10 months ago

The transport of live animals exported from the UK causes immense suffering. This trade is governed by EU law, not the UK Government.

The Government should plan legislation to ban the export of live farm animals in favour of a carcass only trade and introduce this as soon as we leave the EU.


Most recent EDMs signed by Alistair Carmichael

Date Tabled Title Signatures
28 Sep 2020
Alistair Carmichael signed this EDM on Wednesday 7th October 2020

Beer Duty 2020

Tabled by: Jamie Stone (Liberal Democrat - Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
That this House commends the Government for freezing Beer Duty at previous Budgets; acknowledges that again the UK has the highest total Beer Duty bill in Europe at £3.4 billion and a Beer Duty rate at three times the EU average, as well as 11 times that of Germany or …
19 signatures
(Most recent: 8 Oct 2020)
Signatures by party:
Liberal Democrat: 7
Conservative: 4
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Labour: 2
Independent: 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
Green Party: 1
Plaid Cymru: 1
Alliance: 1
14 Sep 2020
Alistair Carmichael signed this EDM on Tuesday 29th September 2020

Suspension of income requirements for family visas

Tabled by: Stuart C McDonald (Scottish National Party - Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East)
That this House notes that there are thousands of couples and families who are currently separated, or at imminent risk of becoming separated, due to restrictive income requirements for British nationals and settled residents wishing to be joined in the UK by a partner from outside the EEA; welcomes the …
65 signatures
(Most recent: 8 Oct 2020)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 30
Labour: 16
Liberal Democrat: 8
Democratic Unionist Party: 4
Plaid Cymru: 3
Independent: 2
Green Party: 1
Alliance: 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
View All Alistair Carmichael's signed Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

6 Urgent Questions tabled by Alistair Carmichael

Date Forum Title
2 Jul 2019 Commons Chamber Hong Kong
18 Jun 2019 Commons Chamber Hong Kong
10 Apr 2019 Commons Chamber Hong Kong: Pro-Democracy Activists
23 Jul 2018 Commons Chamber Pairing
18 Jul 2018 Commons Chamber Proxy Voting
20 Mar 2018 Commons Chamber Leaving the EU: Fisheries Management

Alistair Carmichael has not been granted any Adjournment Debates in the current sitting

5 Bills introduced by Alistair Carmichael


A Bill to set targets for the reduction of plastic pollution; to require the Secretary of State to publish a strategy and annual reports on plastic pollution reduction; to establish an advisory committee on plastic pollution; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st reading: House of Commons
Thursday 5th November 2020
Next Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Friday 5th February 2021
Order Paper number: 21
(Unlikely to be Debated - would require unanimous consent to progress)

A Bill to place requirements on the Government relating to the Sino-British Joint Declaration 1984 and human rights in Hong Kong; to make provision about immigration for Hong Kong residents including granting rights to live in the United Kingdom; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st reading: House of Commons
Tuesday 25th February 2020
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Next Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Date TBA
Order Paper number: 19
(Unlikely to be Debated - would require unanimous consent to progress)

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress.


Last Event - 1st reading: House of Commons
Wednesday 3rd July 2019
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Next Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Date TBA

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to make provision about the acceptance of Scottish banknotes throughout the United Kingdom; to oblige businesses and companies to accept Scottish banknotes as payment; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st reading: House of Commons
Thursday 11th April 2019
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Next Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Date TBA

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to set targets for the reduction of plastic pollution; to require the Secretary of State to publish a strategy and annual reports on plastic pollution reduction; to establish an advisory committee on plastic pollution; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st reading: House of Commons
Monday 25th February 2019

118 Written Questions

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