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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: Nov 20, 2014

    18 November 2014


    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD): The current drink-drive limit was set in 1965. Since then, I am glad to say, perceptions have changed. Public and scientific understanding of the risks has increased dramatically. However, for many folk there is still some confusion as to what the existing limit allows. Is it a pint or a glass of wine? What constitutes a unit, and how many can someone have and still drive legally?

  • Article: Nov 19, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have urged the new First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to sack Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill from her cabinet following a tenure which has been nothing short of a disaster for communities in Scotland.

    Ahead of Nicola Sturgeon's expected appointment to the First Minister post tomorrow, Scottish Liberal Democrats have published a list of controversial laws, closures and cuts affecting the justice system during Kenny MacAskill's time in office. Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes today said that Nicola Sturgeon should take the opportunity to end the seven years of bad luck for local communities by dismissing the Justice Secretary.

  • Article: Nov 12, 2014

    Alison McInnes, MSP for North East Scotland, is asking local rainbows and brownies to help design her official Christmas card this year.

    As an ambassador for Girlguiding Gordon, Alison is inviting members throughout the area to take part in the design competition. In addition to having their Christmas card professionally printed and sent to people across Scotland, there will be a prize for the winner.

  • Article: Nov 12, 2014

    12 November 2014


    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD): The Scottish Liberal Democrats will also support the motion, which sets out a robust defence of human rights.

    Some politicians and media would have us believe that, taken together, the European convention on human rights, the European Court of Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998 somehow amount to a criminals' charter or a terrorists' treaty. That is, of course, nonsense.

  • Article: Nov 11, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats will today back an SNP Government motion on human rights, during the debate jointly criticising attempts by the Conservatives to remove support for the Human Rights Act 1998.

    During a debate in the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said: "A tiny minority of cases, portrayed as meddling in our domestic affairs, have led to it being unfairly maligned. It is disappointing that the Conservatives' amendment today, which seeks to remove expression of support for the Human Rights Act 1998, echoes such attitudes.

  • Article: Nov 11, 2014

    Alison McInnes, North East Scotland's Liberal Democrat MSP, has welcomed Scotland's national anti-bullying week, an annual event run by Respectme, the anti-bullying service. Anti-bullying week will take place from 17 to 21 November.

    The purpose of anti-bullying week is to raise awareness of the damage that bullying can cause and promote the ways in which it can be tackled. In the North East one particularly fine example of the prevention work taking place throughout Scotland has been the Aberdeenshire Youth Commission on Bullying.

  • Article: Nov 9, 2014

    Figures obtained by the Scottish Liberal Democrats have revealed that scores of Scotland's firefighters have been subjected to violent assaults whilst on duty in the past two years. The disturbing revelations, obtained by the party through freedom of information laws, found that 124 assaults on Scottish Fire and Rescue Service firefighters took place between 2013/14 and 2014/15 (up to 30 October 2014).

  • Article: Nov 7, 2014

    Deputising at First Minister's Questions

    It was a privilege to deputise for Willie Rennie and lead the Scottish Liberal Democrats during First Minister's Questions last week.

    I used the opportunity to question Alex Salmond on problems with the detention and treatment of young people needing emergency mental health care.

    The Mental Welfare Commission has raised concerns that more children are being admitted to general hospital wards which don't specialise in the care they need. The organisation also found safeguards around their detention are not always obeyed.

    The First Minister agreed this is a serious issue and said he would arrange for me to meet the Health Secretary to review these important procedures.

  • Article: Nov 6, 2014

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today voiced concerns that Aberdeen is bottom of the league in Scotland for respite care.

    Respite weeks allow unpaid carers to take a break from their care responsibilities, with local authorities providing replacement care support.

    Mrs McInnes commented: "There is a postcode lottery across the country according to Scottish Government figures which show that Shetland provides more than nine times the levels of Aberdeen. The city languishes at the foot of the league with fewer than 20 weeks of respite per 1000 population. The majority of local authorities - including Aberdeenshire, Angus, Dundee and Moray - lie within a range of 20 to 60 weeks.

  • Article: Nov 6, 2014

    5 November 2014


    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD): Scottish Liberal Democrats welcome the opportunity to highlight the work of the advisory group on tackling sectarianism in Scotland.

    Scotland has wrestled with sectarianism for decades, and debate has too often been suppressed or sensationalised and reduced to simplistic understandings and stereotypes. The advisory group's initial contribution, in the report that it published in December 2013, moved matters on significantly.

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