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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Road work under way

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 ...

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

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 ...

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