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Welcome! Alison McInnes MSP

Standing up for local people...

I'm very proud to have the chance to represent the people of the North East at Holyrood, and I hope this website will give you an insight into some of my work, both at Parliament and around the region

Your voice at Holyrood...

The most important part of any politician's job is representing their constituents' views, and I believe that you deserve for your voice to be heard. I live locally, so I know what makes the area tick, and I'm absolutely committed to continuing to put the needs of the North East first.

Get in touch...

I want to hear from you! If you have an issue that you want to raise, or a problem that you think I can help with, then please get in touch. You can email me on alison.mcinnes.msp@scottish.parliament.uk, call my office on 01358 729962, or just drop in - all the details are here.

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Recent Updates

  • Article: Oct 9, 2015

    Commenting as the Scottish Government introduced a new bill that will create a specific criminal offence to protect Scots from so-called revenge porn, Scottish Liberal Democrat Justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP said: "Liberal Democrats at the UK parliament took action to help restrict the insidious and malicious sharing of intimate images. I am pleased that the Scottish Government is now acting to ensure that people in Scotland are protected too.

  • Article: Oct 8, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP today said that there is "little evidence" supporting the need for a new power of stop and search for alcohol.

    Analysis of the latest stop and search figures by academic Kath Murray, a criminal justice researcher at Edinburgh University, has shown that just 6% of alcohol detections in June and July 2015 were achieved as a result of so-called consensual searches.

  • Article: Oct 8, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP today said the first minister appears to be in denial over the impact of centralising SNP reforms on the well-being of Police Scotland officers and staff. 

    Mrs McInnes was speaking after pressing the first minister on a police staff survey which found just 8% of police officers and staff thought that Police Scotland was concerned about their well-being.

  • Article: Oct 7, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP today called for extra support for prison staff tackling the impact of new psychoactive substances (NPS).

    Mrs McInnes comments followed the publication of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland's (HMIPS) annual report. The report said that prisons have particular difficulty in establishing the prevalence of NPS in institutions and no means of testing for their presence.

  • Article: Oct 7, 2015

    I also thank Linda Fabiani for securing a debate marking 100 years of women in policing. At the time when the first female officer with full arrest powers was appointed in England, across the United Kingdom about 4,000 women were already taking on policing functions as voluntary patrols. The appointment of Edith Smith, however, started a new chapter when a lot of opportunities were opening up to women due to the human cost of the first world war.

  • Article: Oct 6, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP today secured the support of parliament's justice committee for new regulations on how the police identify suspects and conduct interviews.

    Her amendment at Stage 2 of the Criminal Justice Bill was backed by 5 votes to 4. It requires the Lord Advocate to issue statutory codes of practice on the questioning and recording of suspect questioning and the conduct of identification procedures. Ms McInnes' plans for a new code on stop and search were also endorsed last week.

  • Article: Oct 5, 2015

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today called on the SNP government to take action after another worrying report on the Scottish fire service.

    Mrs McInnes was expressing her anxiety about the future resilience of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. Her comment follows the publication of a report by HM Fire Service Inspectorate on the local service in Aberdeen. It identified a number of issues, including concerns over staffing pressures in across Aberdeen, distance between line managers and people they manage, and an increase in blue-light journeys made in the city as a result of a recent policy change by the fire service.

  • Article: Oct 2, 2015

    I commend Jenny Marra for her drive and determination on human trafficking. We must not forget that her member's bill consultation laid the foundations for this Government bill. However, Christina McKelvie is right to point also to the cross-party support and determination in the chamber.

    Human trafficking is not new, but it is now the fastest-growing international crime. The Equality and Human Rights Commission report of 2011 was the catalyst for action to tackle human trafficking through a coherent legislative framework. That report exposed the grim truth about trafficking in Scotland. It shocked us all. In 2011, Kaliani Lyle, EHRC Scotland commissioner, said:

  • Article: Oct 2, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes said today that damning findings revealed from a survey of police officers and staff show that the SNP must recalibrate the police reform programme. 

    The long-awaited results of the first survey since the police merger found that 8 per cent thought that the organisation was genuinely interest in the well-being of its people. Only 17 per cent of respondents would recommend Scottish Police Authority/Police Scotland as a good place to work and a third of all respondents indicated an intention to leave within three years.

  • Alison McInnes at the Ofgem E Serve stand in parliament
    Article: Sep 30, 2015

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today welcomed the high uptake of the domestic renewable heat incentive scheme locally.

    Some 7,640 renewable heating systems have been installed across Scotland since the financial incentive scheme was introduced in April 2014 - including 589 in Aberdeenshire, 206 in Moray, 113 in Angus, 84 in Dundee and 37 in Aberdeen.

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