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Carmichael to fight for Scotland's future in the UK as Scottish Secretary

October 7, 2013 4:22 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael has described hisAlistair CarmichaelAlistair Carmichael appointment to the role of Secretary of State for Scotland as an "honour", vowing to continue the excellent work undertaken by his predecessor.

The appointment was announced by the Prime Minister as part of an Autumn governmental reshuffle. Mr Carmichael had been the Deputy Chief Whip to the Coalition government since May 2010 and now becomes the first Cabinet Minister that the Northern Isles have produced.

Commenting on his appointment as Secretary of State for Scotland, Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael said:

"It is a great honour to take on the role as Secretary of State for Scotland as we enter a crucial final months until the Scottish Referendum. I am eager to pick up from the many successes of my predecessor Michael Moore MP, who has done great work over the last three years.

"I will be doing everything in my power to argue the case for keeping United Kingdom together and engaging with people across the length and breadth of Scotland. I will argue passionately for Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom not as an end in itself but for the benefit of the people and communities who live there and their future.

''I believe that this is the first time that an MP for the Northern Isles has been a member of the Cabinet. I hope, therefore, that local people will find this not as much an honour for me, as an opportunity for them. With a Chief Secretary in the Treasury, who represents the Highlands seat and an Secretary of State for Scotland who represents the Northern Isles, there has never been a better time for the Highlands and Islands to make their voice heard.

"I know from my experience of Orkney and Shetland that people in Scotland are primarily concerned about the economy, jobs and the cost of living and that's true for people all over Scotland. As Secretary of State, I will be making the case for staying in the UK to build a stronger economy in a fair society."