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Standing up for local people... Alison McInnes MSP

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: Apr 22, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson and MSP for the North East Alison McInnes today said a petition put to a Holyrood committee shows the extent to which people feel let down by the SNP's police and fire centralisation plans.

    A former police control room worker and an Inverness resident put forward a petition to the Public Petitions Committee calling for a review of a decision to close police and fire control rooms north of Dundee. The petition will now be considered by the Justice Committee and the Justice Sub-Committee on Policing, of which Mrs McInnes is a member.

  • Montrose councillor David May, Sir Robert Smith MP, Alison McInnes MSP and Stonehaven & Lower Deeside councillor Peter Bellarby.
    Article: Apr 22, 2014

    Local Liberal Democrat politicians are calling on the Scottish Government to stop dithering and to get shovels in the ground to build a much-needed flyover on the A90 at Laurencekirk.

    Sir Robert Smith, MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, met North East MSP Alison McInnes and councillors David May and Peter Bellarby at the blackspot.

  • Article: Apr 21, 2014

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes has called on the Clydesdale Bank to rethink its plans to close so many branches around the country.

    Mrs McInnes said: "Among the branches facing closure by the end of the year are Alford and three in Aberdeen - Bridge of Don, Bucksburn and Woodside. Rural residents in particular are badly hit when their local branch closes. People in Alford will face long bus journeys to Banchory or Aberdeen to get to a Clydesdale branch.

  • Article: Apr 8, 2014

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today welcomed improvements costing £2.3m to the A90 between Stonehaven and Bridge of Dee.

    Mrs McInnes said: "This is the main route from Aberdeen to the south, as well as being the gateway to the city. It is very important that it is fit for purpose. Some of the resurfacing work was long overdue in the Portlethen area, where the surface gave drivers a free rollercoaster ride.

  • Article: Apr 8, 2014

    Rail announcement long overdue

    You may have seen last week that long-overdue investment in the Inverness to Aberdeen rail line was announced. Over the next five years this will hopefully lead to reduced journey times and more trains between the two cities.

    This was a well thought out Liberal Democrat strategy that I worked on when I was chair of the local transport body Nestrans. However, it has taken the Scottish Government seven years to recognise the need to tackle our Victorian intercity journey times.

  • Article: Apr 7, 2014

    Friday 28 March

    Good morning conference.

    I would like to add my own welcome to that of Councillor Ian Yuill.

    I am proud to have represented Aberdeen and the North East region at Holyrood for the last seven years, and my nearby home town of Ellon before that as a councillor.

    Throughout this time, it has been a pleasure to work alongside a strong local team of Liberal Democrats. Each of us driven by the aspiration to make a difference to our communities. Focused on highlighting the needs and interests of local people. Together, we have succeeded in delivering a great deal for this region.

  • Article: Apr 3, 2014

    2 April 2014

    The Deputy Presiding Officer (John Scott):

    The next item of business is a debate on motion S4M-09557, in the name of Alison McInnes, on stop and search.


    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD):

    It is a privilege to open the debate on behalf of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

    Yesterday marked the first anniversary of Police Scotland and the abolition of Scotland's eight regional forces. As members will be aware, we opposed the creation of the single force, because we feared that it was based upon deficient legislation, that savings claims were unproven and that it would lead to a one-size-fits-all approach to policing in our local communities.

  • Article: Apr 2, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today accused the Justice Secretary of having set a worrying precedent by refusing to question the controversial increased use of "voluntary" stop and search by police.

    During a Scottish Liberal Democrat debate on stop and search in the parliament today, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP highlighted shocking figures which show that the majority of stop and searches are carried out without reasonable suspicion.

  • Article: Apr 1, 2014

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes welcomed today's news from ScotRail of a dramatic leap in passenger numbers at Monifieth station.

    Mrs McInnes commented: "Yet again more people are opting to take the train when they actually stop in stations. An increase of 120% a month compared to a year previously shows there is a great demand for more rail services.

  • Alison McInnes MSP, Alistair Carmichael MP and Willie Rennie MSP tour the Brewdog brewery at Balmacassie.
    Article: Apr 1, 2014

    A thriving Ellon company has hosted a visit by Liberal Democrat politicians.

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP and Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael MP toured the BrewDog brewery on Saturday with North East MSP Alison McInnes.

    The three met brewery staff at the new facility which now employs around 100 people.

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