Politics

Carmichael highlights importance of locally based fishery science

ISLES MP Alistair Carmichael has welcomed the fisheries research funding boost announced UK fisheries minister Victoria Prentis during her visit to Shetland earlier this week. And he encouraged more local projects, scientific and otherwise, to bid for money from the £100 million UK Seafood Fund, which has been extended from 2024 until 31 March 2025 […] Shetland News …


Worth having conversation on fixed links, government’s Scotland minister says

THE UK Government’s Scotland minster says he is “very happy” to look at the idea of fixed links for Shetland. Iain Stewart also gave reassurances that funding through the government’s new Levelling Up scheme could come to areas like Shetland. The Milton Keynes South MP was speaking on Friday following a two-day visit to Shetland. […] Shetland News …


SIC set to try again for Fair Isle ferry funding

SHETLAND Islands Council leader Steven Coutts says he expects the local authority to bid again for £25 millions of government funding for a new Fair Isle ferry. The council was knocked back last year in the first round of the UK Government’s new £4.8bn Levelling Up fund for a replacement ferry and associated harbour works. […] Shetland News …


Carmichael speaks up for tidal energy industry

PRIME minister Boris Johnson has given a commitment to at least investigate the possibility of creating a dedicated support scheme for tidal energy as part of the upcoming Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction. Challenged in parliament by Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael on Wednesday, Johnson said he was impressed by the proposals coming from the […] Shetland News …


Let’s work together, SNP councillor says after Green agreement

SHETLAND’s sole SNP councillor says the isles should work in partnership with both his party and the Greens following their power sharing agreement. Robbie McGregor said he was “delighted” that a deal was struck. The agreement still needs to be ratified by members of the Scottish Green Party. The party will hold an extraordinary general […] Shetland News …


Councillor floats idea of devolving some fisheries control to Shetland

A LOCAL councillor believes it is worth exploring the idea of Shetland gaining control of its fisheries out to the 12-mile limit. Duncan Anderson, who represents the North Isles, pointed to the Scottish Islands Act which gives scope for local authorities to request more powers or functions. The Scottish Government has the responsibility for managing […] Shetland News …


‘No indication’ when a decision will be made on islands Covid restrictions, SIC chief executive says

FRUSTRATION among local businesses and politicians has continued this week in the absence of any announcement from the Scottish Government regarding changes to Covid-19 restrictions from the end of this month. The government consulted islanders on whether they would prefer greater local freedoms in exchange for continued travel restrictions when the rest of Scotland unlocks […] Shetland News …


Lib Dems welcome commitment to introduce island testing

THE SCOTTISH Government has finally given a commitment to consider introducing Covid-19 testing at island entry points, according to the three parliamentarians from the Northern Isles. The isles’ Lib Dems have been calling for such a move since the end of last year. On Friday afternoon, Shetland MSP Beatrice Wishart and her Orkney colleague Liam […] Shetland News …


SNP candidate lobbies own party to ensure level playing field for spaceports

LOCAL SNP candidate for the Scottish Parliament elections Tom Wills is urging economy secretary Fiona Hyslop to ensure a level playing field for all Scottish spaceport proposals after the government minister appeared to favour rocket launches from the proposed site in Sutherland. Last week the Press and Journal newspaper reported that Hyslop had been lobbying […] Shetland News …


UK spending review ‘lacking ambition’, says Northern Isles MP

NORTHERN Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has criticised the UK Chancellor’s spending review for a lack of ambition in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and just five weeks ahead of the EU transition period ending. The topic of Brexit was notable by its absence in Rishi Sunak’s address to the House of Commons on Wednesday, […] Shetland News …