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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

  • I am sure that we all agree with the words of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who said:

    "Violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable and never tolerable."

    Yet violence against women is still a truly global issue. It affects all communities, all races and people of all religions and none. According to the UN, one in three women worldwide has experienced physical or sexual violence in her lifetime. Worldwide, more than 700 million women who are alive today were married as children. Of those women, more than one in three-around 250 million-were married before they were 15.

    Article / Nov 25, 2015
  • Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP today confirmed that she will launch a new bid to restrict the amount of time that children and vulnerable adults can be held in police custody.

    Backed by the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) and the Children and Young Peoples Commissioner (CYPC), Mrs McInnes is set to table amendments to the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill that would cap the maximum time that a child or vulnerable adult can be held by police at 12 hours. This follows moves from the justice secretary to extend the length of time anyone can be kept in custody from 12 to 24 hours in certain circumstances.

    Article / Nov 22, 2015
  • With winter well on the way, North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today called on local people to ensure they are taking advantage of free help and support with energy bills.

    Mrs McInnes said: "It is important to be prepared for winter and I hope all my constituents understand what help is available so they can be energy efficient and keep bills under control. I would urge everyone to get in touch with their energy supplier to find out what support is on offer.

    Article / Nov 20, 2015
  • Scottish Liberal Democrat spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP today said significant changes are required if the Community Justice Bill is to ensure judges view community rehabilitation plans as a viable alternative to jail.

    The draft bill, which was debated this afternoon, has already been criticised by former Lord Advocate Dame Eilish Angiolini, who warned that unless it is made stronger, imprisonment could remain a tempting default position for judges.

    Article / Nov 19, 2015
  • Scottish Liberal Democrat spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP today raised serious concerns over plans to further centralise the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) by moving its HQ to Cambuslang.

    In March 2015, the SFRS board voted to establish its new headquarters in Kildean Business Park, Stirling, a decision subject to ministerial approval.

    Article / Nov 19, 2015
  • I am pleased to be debating the Community Justice (Scotland) Bill. I have long campaigned for a more effective and compassionate justice system-one that reduces reliance on incarceration and focuses on community reparations and rehabilitation. There is a surfeit of evidence that poverty, inequality and crime are inextricably linked, yet we keep sending people to prison and reoffending rates remain high and largely static.

    Article / Nov 19, 2015
  • Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP today called for the Prison Service to act on repeated calls for action on low levels of purposeful activity following the publication of a critical inspection report of HMP Dumfries.

    The report, which highlights that access to purposeful activities for short-term prisoners could be improved, is the eleventh by HMIPS in the last three years to highlight shortages in the provision and uptake of purposeful activity in prisons.

    Article / Nov 19, 2015
  • Commenting following reports that Aberdeen City councillors are set to consider a motion calling for a judicial review of the decision to merge local police divisions in the North East, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP said: "This intervention from Aberdeen City councillors reflects the fact that Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray have very different policing requirements. There are real concerns over what merging local divisions could mean for policing in the North East."

    Article / Nov 12, 2015
  • North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes MSP today gave a guarded welcome to a continued government commitment to stall the closure of police call centres in Aberdeen and Inverness, following the publication of a highly critical report from HM Inspectorate of Constabulary Scotland (HMICS) into call handling.

    Article / Nov 10, 2015
  • North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today welcomed plans by the Post Office for a temporary mobile service in Newburgh, but criticised the organisation for taking so long to take this step.

    When the closure of the previous branch was announced in March, Mrs McInnes asked the Post Office for assurances that immediate steps were being taken to provide an interim solution - such as an outreach service or a mobile service.

    Article / Nov 2, 2015

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