French ambassador/consul general – a clarification

The story in today’s paper, regarding Alistair Carmichael’s role in the leak of a Scottish Office memo to the Daily Telegraph, states that the memo claimed that Nicola Sturgeon had made comments to the French Consul General. This is incorrect. The memo, which was compiled after a conversation between a civil servant ...

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Royal Oak stalwart passes away

Kenneth Toop pictured during an HMS Royal Oak memorial service in Scapa Flow.
(Picture: Craig Taylor)

The man who did so much to preserve the memory of the 834 men who died in the sinking of the battleship HMS Royal Oak, Kenneth Toop, passed away yesterday. Mr Toop, 91, who lived in Basingstoke, Hampshire, himself a survivor of the sinking, was the honorary secretary of the HMS ...

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Meeting with energy minister to discuss the future of wave energy

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has secured a meeting with energy minister, Fergus Ewing to discuss the future of the wave energy sector as well as wider plans for investing in grid infrastructure in the islands. Mr McArthur said: “These are challenging times for those involved in the wave energy sector.  ...

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Royal Princess set for maiden visit

Royal Princess.

One of the largest ships of the 2015 cruise ship season is due to arrive in Kirkwall on Thursday. The 333m long Royal Princess, the flagship of Princess Cruise Lines, carries up to 3600 passengers and 1300 crew, and is due to berth at Hatston Pier at 7am on Thursday ...

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Police launch Carmichael enquiry

Police Scotland have confirmed that they have launched an investigation into whether Alistair Carmichael committed a crime when he falsely denied knowledge of a leaked Scottish Office memo, which he went on to take responsibility for on Friday. A Police Scotland spokeswoman said this morning: “We can confirm that a complaint ...

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McArthur backs Westminster colleague

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 ...

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Standards Commissioner considering Carmichael investigation

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 ...

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Crowd funding appeal to seek MP’s removal from office

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 ...

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