Carmichael, Alistair


Alistair Carmichael was first elected as MP for Orkney and Shetland in 2001, being reelected in 2019 with a majority of 2,507.  His seat was once represented by former Liberal Leader, Jo Grimond.

He served as Secretary of State for Scotland in the Conservative – Liberal Democrat government between 2012 and 2015.

Alistair was born on Islay to hill farming parents and read law at the University of Aberdeen. Before he became an MP he was an hotelier, a Procurator Fiscal Depute and a solicitor. Married to a vet, he has two young children, is an Elder of the Church of Scotland and enjoys amateur dramatics and music; he speaks both French and German.

As an MP his work on local issues includes: a petition to ‘Save the Pension Book’; the complexity of the benefits and tax credit system; the post office card account; the problems of nuclear waste and the need for a National Institute for Energy Technologies; the future use of Scapa Flow as a hub for the container trade; and the future of Shetland’s TA unit.

Alistair was appointed Shadow Transport Secretary in March 2006. Before that he was a member of the Home Affairs team. He has been a member of the Scottish Affairs select committee and of the all party groups on fishing, offshore gas oil and gas, and telecommunications.

Publication: Setting Communities Free (article for Liberator)

Education: Port Ellen Primary School, Islay High School, Aberdeen University – LLB & Dip LP

Experience: Former Solicitor, former Procurator Fiscal Depute and former hotel manager

Interests: Music and amateur dramatics

Constituency: Orkney and Shetland

Constituency Address: Orkney: 14 Palace Road , Kirkwall, KW15 1PA
Shetland: 171 Commercial Street, Lerwick, ZE1 0HX

Constituency Tel: 01856 876541

Date of Birth: 15 July 1965


Party: Liberal Democrats

Personal Website:

Westminster Address: House of Commons

Westminster Tel: 020 7219 8181

Twitter: @acarmichaelmp