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    Local Liberal Democrats back Carmichael to stay as MP

    Originally published by and copyright of www.shetlandtimes.co.uk

    Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has been given the backing of his Holyrood counterpart and the local Liberal Democrat group.

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    Tavish backs embattled MP

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    Tavish Scott MSP.SHETLAND MSP Tavish Scott and the local Liberal Democrats have given their backing to embattled MP Alistair Carmichael over his decision not to stand down as the the MP for the Northern Isles because of his conduct in leaking a confidential memo. Following five days of silence, the LibDem MSP said on Wednesday morning that he was "very disappointed" by his party colleagues' actions but supported him in his attempts to regain the trust of local people. Here is his statement in full: "I am very disappointed by Alistair's actions. We have worked together for 14 years for Shetland. People come to see both of us to solve problems. I too feel let down. No wonder many people across the islands do too.

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    Local protest against Carmichael to continue

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    Embattled Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael.A NEWLY formed group seeking to force Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael to resign and stand for re-election is organising another protest in Lerwick on Saturday. It comes as pressure on the embattled Liberal Democrat intensified on several different levels over his conduct in leaking a memo about Nicola Sturgeon and then lying about it.

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    Council’s harbours show healthy profit for past year

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    All Shetland's council-run harbours showed a profit for 2014/15, according to figures given to the SIC harbour board on Tuesday.

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    Ryan conquers Fitful Head

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    Ryan sitting in his wheelchair 1,000 feet up on the summit of Fitful Head - all Photos: Liam Brannan SUPPORTERS of Disability Shetland turned out in strength on Saturday to help one of their young clients to enjoy the stunning views from Fitful Head, one of the isles' highest hills. Thirteen year old Ryan Brannan from Cunningsburgh suffers from cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair.

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    Guardian Angell christened at Whitby in Yorkshire

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    Shetland's newest whitefish trawler the Guardian Angell (LK 272) was named by skipper Michael Henderson's wife Wilma at the weekend at the port of Whitby in Yorkshire.

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    Misguided stowaway in 'unenviable position'

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    AN ASYLUM seeker who sought to stow away on a freight boat in Lerwick harbour in the mistaken belief that it was setting sail for Norway has been handed a seven-day jail sentence after refusing to pay a fine. Forty five year old Orine Bakay, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to boarding the NorthLink cargo vessel Helliar on Sunday without the consent of the ship’s master when he appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Monday afternoon. Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said Bakay has had asylum seeker status in the UK since April 2012, and the offence was one you were more likely to come across in Dover than in Shetland.

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    Waiting room vandalised

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    The Vidlin waiting room on Tuesday - Photos: ShetNewsPOLICE in Shetland are asking for witnesses to come forward after damage worth thousands of pound were caused to the public toilets and waiting rooms at both the Vidlin and Whalsay ferry terminals sometime over the weekend. Plasterboard walls at the Vidlin waiting room were kicked in and the public phone vandalised. In Whalsay one of the toilets were damaged.

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    Carmichael defiant amid continued calls to resign

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    Embattled MP Alistair Carmichael following the election count earlier this month. Photo: ShetnewsNORTHERN Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has attempted to bat off continued calls for his resignation, saying he “very much regrets” the position he finds himself in but insisting he will continue serving his constituents. The SNP has piled pressure on the Liberal Democrat MP after he admitted sanctioning the leak of a private government memo back in April in an attempt to smear Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon and then lying about it.

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    Carmichael staying put as Northern Isles MP, he says

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    Alistair Carmichael has vowed to remain as MP for the isles despite widespread calls for him to step down after he admitted leaking a private memo in a bid to smear First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

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    Drug charges

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    A FIFTY two year old man from Brae who is facing a number of drug charges was remanded in custody when he appeared in private before Lerwick Sheriff Court for the second time in eight days. Ibrahim Abdullah Hassan made no plea or declaration and was fully committed for trial when he appeared from custody on Monday.

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    Samaritans branch celebrates its 30th anniversary

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    The Shetland branch of the Samaritans celebrated its 30th anniversary on Saturday with an event in the Lerwick headquarters.

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    RBS branch to close

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    The RBS branch in Brae is to close on 20 August - Photo: ShetNewsTHE community of Brae will lose its tiny Royal Bank of Scotland branch later this summer. The branch at the Brae Hotel is open only on Wednesdays, for less than two hours. Customers have been advised that they can check their bank balance, deposit and withdraw funds at the nearby post office, located in the Co-op supermarket.

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    LibDem leader: “MP deserves a second chance”

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    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie RennieAS the SNP continues to pile pressure on northern isles MP Alistair Carmichael to resign over leaking a private government memo in an attempt to smear first minister Nicola Sturgeon and then lying about it, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats has called for him to be given “a second chance”. Willie Rennie was speaking after the party’s executive decided not to discipline the MP for his actions.

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    Isles left with MP of questionable integrity, says Skene

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    The SNP General Election candidate for the Northern Isles says the people of Shetland and Orkney have been left with "an MP of questionable integrity".

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    Outboard motor stolen from boat at Lerwick Marina

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    An outboard motor was stolen from a boat at the Lerwick Marina at Gremista last month.

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    Opinion: the isles deserve another vote

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    FRIDAY'S news that Alistair Carmichael authorised the leak of a private government memo to undermine the credibility of the SNP ahead of the general election has come as a shock and an embarrassment. Alistair is right to describe it as an "error of judgment". The memo was written by a reliable civil servant, yes. But it is no more than a third hand report of a conversation between a Scottish minister and a French ambassador, which should have made our MP question its authenticity rather than think it incriminating enough to make public.

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    Protesters vow to keep going until MP goes

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    Protesters gather outside Alistair Carmichael's constituency office on Saturday afternoon to call for his resignation. Photo ShetnewsPROTESTERS calling for northern isles MP Alistair Carmichael to resign have pledged to hold more demonstrations after around 50 folk turned out in Lerwick on Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile the SNP nationally have called for a formal investigation into Carmichael’s leaking of a controversial memo by the Parliamentary Commissioner of Standards.

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    Tell Wiz: 'a triumph of unplugged clarity'

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    Arthur Watt (left) and George Webster during the Tell Wiz performance in the Garrison - Photo: Malcolm Younger/Millgaet MediaAFTER months of anticipation, dialect group Shetland ForWirds's revival of the popular 1950s musical Tell Wiz finally hit the stage on Thursday night. EXCITED anticipation filled the air as the audience filled the Garrison Theatre on Thursday night for the premiere of Tell Wiz. They were not to be disappointed.

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    Pressure mounts on isles MP to resign

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    Alistair Carmichael MP on election night at Lerwick's Clickimin Leisure Complex on 7 May. Photo ShetnewsPRESSURE is mounting on Alistair Carmichael to stand down as northern isles MP after he admitted being behind the controversial leaked memo suggesting first minister Nicola Sturgeon secretly wanted the Conservatives to win this month’s general election. Sturgeon has described the leak as “a blatant election dirty trick” and called for Carmichael to “consider his position” as an MP.

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    SFRS attended fire at Lews Castle College sawmill this morning

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    Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was called to attend a fire at Lews Castle College sawmill, Stornoway at 5am this morning (26 May 2015).Three appliances attended the incident, two from […]

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    McArthur backs Westminster colleague

    Originally published by and copyright of www.orcadian.co.uk

    Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has spoken for the first time since Friday’s news that Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael had admitted responsibility for the leak of a Scottish Office memo. In a statement, issued this afternoon, Mr McArthur said: “I have known Alistair for more than a decade, and had the good fortune to work with him closely ...

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    Rural development approval

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    Scotland’s new rural development programme has been formally approved by Europe. The programme will provide £1.3 billion of support for Scottish farming, food production, rural communities and the environment between […]

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    URRAS ENERGY LAYS FOUNDATIONS

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    Wind energy construction works for Urras Energy Society are continuing apace on the west side of Lewis. The wind turbine bases at Ballantrushal were completed last week as Urras Energy […]

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    Standards Commissioner considering Carmichael investigation

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    The Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards in the House of Commons has this morning confirmed that an investigation into Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael is being considered. A spokeswoman said that the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, Kathryn Hudson, is now considering whether the complaints received since Mr Carmichael’s admission of responsibility regarding a leaked memo ...

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    Comhairle’s Homeless Service Moving to a new location

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    From Monday 1 June 2015, the Comhairle’s Homeless Services Team will be moving from their present location in Hebridean Housing Partnership’s offices at Creed Court, Willowglen Road, to join the […]

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    Crowd funding appeal to seek MP’s removal from office

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    Following yesterday morning’s news that Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael will not be standing down from his position in UK parliament, a group of Orkney folk are to launch a crowd funding campaign seeking Mr Carmichael’s removal from office. The crowd funder was originally announced through the facebook page of Yes Orkney and the appeal’s goal ...

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    Minister meets Commissioners

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    Options for choosing a new Convener of the Crofting Commission have been discussed at a meeting between Environment Minister Aileen McLeod and the Commissioners in Inverness. It comes two weeks […]

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    Full funded events programme revealed for Year of Food and Drink 2015

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    A new event celebrating the past and future of the herring industry and a festival offering a significant cultural focus for the local community, are just two of the enticing […]

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    Road work under way

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    Orkney Islands Council will be carrying out surface dressing and road marking operations this week at a number of locations. The work is planned for: The Old Finstown road between Sunnybank and Bloomfield, and between Cursiter Quarry and Cruan. The Stromness to Finstown road between the Germiston road and the Brodgar road. The Evie to ...

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    Lib Dem leader backs Carmichael, calling for a ‘second chance’

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    Amid calls for Alistair Carmichael’s resignation, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats has said today that Northern Isles MP deserves a second chance. Commenting on Mr Carmichael’s admission, on Friday, that he was responsible for leaking a false memo about Nicola Sturgeon’s conversation with the French Ambassador, Willie Rennie has given his backing to the MP. He ...

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    Protestors call for MP’s resignation as SNP urges investigation by parliamentary standards commissioner

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    The SNP has back calls for a formal investigation by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, following Alistair Carmichael’s admission, yesterday, that he was responsible for leaking a false memo about Nicola Sturgeon’s conversation with the French Ambassador – and the fact that he denied any knowledge of it until after the General Election. Stewart Hosie MP, ...

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    The Old Man of Hoy – an aerial view

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    On holiday in the county in April, Jason Baxter managed to capture some amazing aerial footage of the Old Man of Hoy and, as an extra bonus, managed to film some climbers resting atop the stack!

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    Warehouse Buildings open for business from Monday

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    Orkney Islands Council has confirmed that its new Stromness offices will open for business at 10am on Monday morning. The Warehouse Buildings will house Council customer service provision, a library facility and meeting rooms. The Buildings will open until 7pm on two nights a week (Mondays and Thursdays) and will also open on Saturdays from ...

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    Pressure grows for MP to stand down

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    Alistair Carmichael’s admission that he backed the leak of a controversial memo ahead of the general election has seen calls for him to resign from the post of MP for the Northern Isles. At the time of writing, a poll by The Shetland Times has 97 per cent of the 4,063 votes saying Mr Carmichael should resign, ...

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    Isles United secure first piece of silverware

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    Isles United beat Burray 2-1 on Friday evening, in an entertaining game, to secure the Talisman Oxy Cup. The game, being played at the KGS 3G pitch, swung from end to end with both teams playing exciting football. Daniel Hourston opened the scoring for Isles United before Kit Bichan headed in a quick equaliser. However, ...

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    Independent MSP condemns MP’s ‘deliberate attack on a fellow politician’

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    An independent Highlands and Islands MSP has condemned Alistair Carmichael for not taking responsibility for the leaked memo before the findings of a Cabinet Office inquiry were released this afternoon. Jean Urquhart MSP said: “Mr Carmichael’s actions go far beyond a simple ‘error of judgement’ – this was a calculated and deeply cynical attempt to undermine ...

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    Alistair Carmichael should consider his position as MP, says First Minister

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    Although she has accepted his apology, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said this afternoon that Alistair Carmichael should apologise to his constituents and consider his position as MP for the Northern Isles. Ms Sturgeon was responding to the letter she received from Mr Carmichael, apologising for his part in leaking a Scottish Office memo that led to ...

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    Carmichael accepts responsibility for memo leak

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    Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has accepted responsibility for a leaked, pre-election, memo that led to a The Daily Telegraph article, claiming that Scotland’s First Minister would have preferred that David Cameron remain in Downing Street. Leaked in April, the Scottish Office memo – which claimed that Nicola Sturgeon had made the comments to the ...

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    Lochside, Greeny

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    Lochside, Greeny, Dounby Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 2 Offers Over £155,000 4/5 bedroom detached cottage with outbuildings and approximately 3.5 acres of land situated outside of Dounby village with superb views over the Loch of Banks and towards the Hoy Hills. Lochside is located close to The Loons & Loch of Banks RSPB nature reserves, within the ...

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