Alistair Carmichael facing challenge from young SNP adviser

Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael. Picture: Greg Macvean
Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael. Picture: Greg Macvean
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A young SNP adviser is set to challenge the Liberal Democrat’s single remaining Scottish MP in the General Election.

Miriam Brett, 25, is aiming to unseat incumbent Alistair Carmichael who maintains a slim majority of 817 in the Orkney and Shetland constituency.

Victory on June 8 would see Ms Brett become one of the youngest MPs at Westminster.

She previously worked as a senior economic adviser to the SNP’s Westminster group and played a prominent role in the Yes campaign during the Scottish independence referendum in 2014.

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Prominent backers include Mhairi Black, who has touted Ms Brett as one of the party’s rising stars.

Ms Black said: “Absolutely brilliant news. Never met a more talented, intelligent and down to earth person. Miriam will be a phenomenal candidate!”

SNP MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath Roger Mullin tweeted: “So thrilled for my friend @MiriamBrett. She has been a wonderful support at Westminster to many MPs. In a different league to current MP.”

Also seeking election in the Orkney and Shetland constituency are Labour’s Robina Barton, Jamie Halcro-Johnston for the Conservatives and Ukip’s Robert Smith.