Alistair Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael
MP for Orkney and Shetland
Secretary of State for Scotland
Deputy leader, Scottish Liberal Democrats



31 Broad Street
KW15 1DH

Phone:01856 876541



Born in 1965, Alistair was raised in the Western Isles with his two sisters. His parents are hill farmers and still live on Islay.

After leaving school he worked in the hospitality industry as a chef and later a hotel manager before enrolling at Aberdeen University to complete his degree in law. When he qualified, Alistair remained in the north east and became a procurator fiscal depute working mostly in the criminal courts.

Alistair was first elected to Parliament in 2001, replacing Jim Wallace as MP for Orkney and Shetland. During his time at Parliament he has shadowed a number of portfolios in opposition, speaking for his party on issues relating to the work of the Home Office, transport and Scotland. After the recent coalition agreement between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives, he was appointed as Deputy Government Chief Whip. In October 2013 he was appointed as Secretary of State for Scotland.

Alistair has campaigned on a range of issues since arriving at Westminster, leading cross-party efforts to secure relief for high fuel prices for people living in more isolated areas and working with colleagues to improve digital services in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. He has also worked closely with Ministers on fisheries issues, pressing the case for a more regional approach to fisheries management.

Outside of politics, Alistair's interests include theatre, music and cooking. He married his wife Kate in 1987 and they live in their family home in Orkney with their two sons Sandy and Simon.


Port Ellen Primary School, Islay High School, Aberdeen University - LLB & Dip LP

Work Experience:

Former Solicitor, former Procurator Fiscal Depute and former hotel manager

Parliamentary Experience:

2013 - present Secretary of State for Scotland
2010 - 2013 Deputy Chief Whip to the House of Commons
2008 to 2010 - Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland and Northern Ireland
2007 to 2008 - Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Scotland
2006 to 2007 - Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
2005 to 2006 - Shadow Home Affairs team
2001 to 2005 - Northern Ireland spokesperson

Interests:Music and amateur dramatics
Marital Status:Married with two sons

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