Alistair Carmichael

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Alistair Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael has been the Liberal Democrats MP for Orkney and Shetland since 2001. He is the deputy leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats [1] and under the coalition government was the secretary of state for Scotland. [2]

Carmichael was re-elected in the 2015 general election in May, but his seat which was once considered the safest seat in Scotland came under considerable threat from the so-called 'SNP surge.' [3] The surge described by Salmond as a tsunami, nearly 'unseated the MP with the safest seat in Scotland – former Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael.' His 9,928 majority was reduced to just 817 votes over the SNP candidate Danus Skene. [3]


He was appointed Comptroller (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Commons) in 2010.[4]

In July 2007 he was chosen to work as the Liberal Democrats Northern Ireland and Scotland Spokesman. [1]

Before entering a role in Parliament, Carmichael worked as a solicitor in Aberdeenshire. [1]

Leaked information

In the build up to the 2015 general election a memo of a conversation between the leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon and a French ambassador, where the Scot claimed she would prefer David Cameron to remain as Prime Minister, was leaked. In May 2015, after the election, Carmichael has admitted the memo was written by a civil servant in the Scotland Office and leaked to the Daily Telegraph by his special adviser, Euan Roddin.[5]





  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Alistair Carmichael GOV.UK, accessed 30 October 2014
  2. Michael Moore axed as Scottish secretary as reshuffle begins, BBC News, 7 October 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 SNP avalanche sweeps aside Douglas Alexander and Jim Murphy The Guardian, 8 May 2015, accessed 8 May 2015
  4. Rt Hon Mr Alistair Carmichael,, accessed 7 October 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 Adam Bienkov Nikileaks: Former Scottish secretary admits Sturgeon leak Politics, 22 May 2015, accessed 22 May 2015.