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

  • Following the publication of the annual report of Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS), Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP commented: "The last year has been marked by controversies including the deployment of armed police on routine duties, the use of so-called voluntary stop and search, the closure of control rooms, police stations locking their doors to the public and the removal of the traffic warden service.

    Article / Dec 19, 2014
  • Scottish Liberal Democrat Alison McInnes MSP today welcomed news of improvements to be carried out at Aberdeen railway station as part of the new ScotRail franchise.

    Abellio - who will be taking over the franchise from First - is to invest up to £2.5m on improving passenger facilities at the station. This includes relocating the ticket office, rearranging the first class lounge and toilet to provide a business class lounge, new toilets, sleeper passenger facilities, and a café and retail unit fronting Union Square.

    Article / Dec 19, 2014
  • Scottish Liberal Democrat North East MSP Alison McInnes today said that the newly-appointed chair of NHS Grampian faces a mammoth task in resolving the issues faced at the health board and has pledged to work with him to secure better health services for the North East.

    Sir Malcolm Bruce MP recently called out the SNP administration on its previous underfunding of Scotland's health service identified by the IFS. On top of this, NHS Grampian faces a funding gap which Audit Scotland says equated to a shortfall of £39.9m in 2013-14, reducing to £30.2m in 2014-15.

    Article / Dec 19, 2014
  • Liberal Democrats today welcomed the announcement of an inquiry into historic child abuse in Scotland. The review was announced at Holyrood this afternoon on what Alison McInnes MSP described as "an important day for victims". 

    Mrs McInnes said: "Responding on behalf of the Liberal Democrats, I welcomed that the public inquiry would have statutory powers - I have been calling for this for some time, and victims and survivors have long cried out for one. This is an important day for victims. It is absolutely right that we get to the truth of any allegations of abuse."

    Article / Dec 17, 2014
  • Scottish Liberal Democrat Alison McInnes MSP today said that SNP ministers are failing the college students who need their help the most after new figures revealed that Dundee & Angus College only received a fraction of the bursary funds requested.

    The college requested £800,000 for student support. It was confirmed today that the college would only receive £160,000.

    Article / Dec 12, 2014
  • Following the announcement that some sections of the Aberdeen bypass are due to open by autumn 2016, Alison McInnes, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for North East Scotland, commented: "In 2008, the SNP told us that work on the bypass would finish in 2012. More than two years on from that target, it is patronising to now claim this work will finish ahead of schedule.

    Article / Dec 12, 2014
  • Alison McInnes with competition winner Lauren Ferguson

    The judging of North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes' Christmas card competition has taken place, and the winner is Lauren Ferguson, aged 9, from 2nd Huntly Brownies.

    As an ambassador for Girlguiding Gordon, Mrs McInnes had asked for entries from local Brownies and Rainbows. She said: "I received nearly 200 entries from throughout Gordon, all of which were charming and delightful. It was obvious the children had put much thought into their designs. It was very difficult to choose the winners.

    Article / Dec 12, 2014
  • North East Liberal Democrats today called on SNP ministers to "get on with it" in delivering crucial upgrades to key transport links in the North East.

    Their comments came after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon highlighted her own party's lack of investment in projects such as the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route after Alex Salmond confirmed he would seek the SNP candidacy in Gordon.

    Scottish Liberal Democrats are expected to use the former First Minister's Gordon candidacy to heap pressure on the SNP government to pay attention to Gordon after years of neglect.

    Commenting, Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for Gordon, Christine Jardine, said: "The North East is counting the cost of years of underinvestment and neglect by an SNP Government more concerned with independence than improving our roads.

    "As SNP ministers chased votes in the referendum, the AWPR, the Haudagain roundabout works and the Inveramsay Bridge bottleneck all gathered dust at the bottom of the SNP's to-do list. We've had years of false starts and raised expectations from Alex Salmond and SNP ministers. Nicola Sturgeon's recent statement on infrastructure spending was just the latest in a long line of promises. We don't need more photos of ministers standing next to roads, we need them to pick up a shovel and get on with it".

    Article / Dec 9, 2014
  • 4 December 2014

    15:04

    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD): SNAP has made an impact and good progress in its first year. It is good to have an opportunity to debate it today ahead of international human rights day on 10 December.

    Members have already spoken about SNAP's practical value in raising awareness of, understanding of and respect for human rights throughout the Government, public service and communities. The annual report notes that there is still a lack of understanding among decision makers and front-line workers about the value of human rights, so I welcome the cabinet secretary's announcement of an awareness-raising campaign on why rights matter and how to claim those rights. That is vital because, as the Scottish Human Rights Commission stresses,

    Article / Dec 4, 2014
  • Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that urgent action is required to protect North East patients. It comes after the publication today of three damning reports into NHS Grampian by Healthcare Improvement Scotland and the Royal College of Surgeons of England. 

    Scottish Liberal Democrat North East MSP Alison McInnes commented: "It is a huge testament to the efforts and commitment of frontline NHS Grampian staff that patient care has not been significantly compromised in the face of the problems identified by the reports. But it is also clear that their goodwill cannot continue to compensate for cultural failings, defective patient management systems and dysfunctional relationships further up the organisation. 

    Article / Dec 2, 2014

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