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

  • North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes is urging local people to join a national bone marrow donor register … and help save lives in the fight against blood cancer.

    The blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan is searching for more selfless people willing to donate their stem cells, or bone marrow, to save the life of a stranger. More than 550,000 people are on the register.

    Article / May 28, 2015
  • Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes today said people will be astonished by the latest "crisis of conscience" by former SNP justice secretary Kenny MacAskill, who only today urged the SNP to review its position on votes for prisoners.

    This is despite the fact that as justice secretary he blocked Liberal Democrat moves to give some short-term prisoners the vote in the independence referendum.

    Article / May 27, 2015
  • Alison McInnes (centre) with other MSPs outside parliament

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes promoted National Epilepsy Week (17-23 May) activities in the Scottish Parliament which included cover signing the published revised SIGN national guideline on managing epilepsy in adults. Along with fellow MSPs, she was pictured holding up the gold standard guidance cover in a group photo, held by the Epilepsy Consortium Scotland (ECS), following First Minister's Question Time on Thursday 21 May in the Garden Lobby. 

    Article / May 26, 2015
  • Following the discussion of new facial recognition technology at Topical Questions at the Scottish Parliament today, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP commented: "Fingerprint and DNA evidence have been mistaken in the past, leading to miscarriages of justice. That is why legislation was introduced to govern how it is managed. Surely the use of this latest biometric software, facial recognition technology, should be subject to similarly rigorous regulations?

    "The cabinet secretary simply does not get it. It may be that custody mugshots can be uploaded to the national database legitimately. The real questions surround how the police can then try to identify people on the street using this raw technology and, crucially, in what circumstances this would be appropriate."

    Article / May 26, 2015
  • The civil liberties of innocent people could be at risk as Scottish Liberal Democrats today revealed Police Scotland are using controversial new facial recognition technology to try to identify people.

    Figures revealed by the Scottish Liberal Democrats today show that 601,837 custody mugshots of 334,594 Scots have been uploaded to the UK-wide Police National Database (PND).

    Article / May 26, 2015
  • Scottish Liberal Democrats said today that the lack of a long-term financial strategy must be resolved urgently in order to avoid damaging cuts to fire services in local communities.

    An Audit Scotland report published today revealed significant challenges faced by the new national fire and rescue service, including a £43m black hole in its budget.

    Article / May 21, 2015
  • Scottish Liberal Democrats today said Police Scotland bosses must be prepared to listen to the views of all its employees as it launches it first nationwide staff survey.

    The warning comes after it was reported that Police Scotland is bracing itself for bad news - before police officers and civilian staff have had the chance to submit their views on the new single force.

    Article / May 20, 2015
  • Alison McInnes with Dawn Mortimer, Alison Innes, Nicola Horne, Kirsty MacBeath and Joan Scott

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today visited apprentices at Les Enfants nursery in Inverurie as part of the Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2015.

    She was shown around by Dawn Mortimer and Alison Innes, the general manager and managing director at the nursery and accompanied by Nicola Horne, Kirsty MacBeath and Joan Scott from Cairn Training who support training and development of the apprentices.

    Article / May 18, 2015
  • Tuesday 12 May 2015
    I start by praising Jenny Marra for resolutely pursuing the issue and for her member's bill, which was the catalyst for the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill. It was reported that almost 45,000 people responded to Ms Marra's consultation, but despite that considerable engagement, many people in Scotland would still be shocked to learn about the extent of the abhorrent crime of trafficking.
    Article / May 14, 2015
  • Scottish Liberal Democrats today said that Police Scotland's armed policing policy is not working for the police or the communities that they serve.

    It comes after a national newspaper today published a photograph of two armed officers entering a Waitrose in Stirling at 9am on a weekday morning.

    This was despite assurances from the assistant chief constable Bernard Higgins that police were expected to use their professional judgement but that he would not expect to see officers in a busy shop in the afternoon.

    Article / May 13, 2015

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