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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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  • Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP today expressed concern over the limited ability of the police watchdog to hold the Police Scotland to account over their policy on the deployment of armed officers. 

    Vic Emery, chair of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), today told MSPs at a meeting of the Scottish Parliament Justice Sub-Committee on Policing that the watchdog did not have an opportunity to review the risks of the national force's policy on armed police before it was introduced. 

    Article / Aug 21, 2014
  • Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes today warned that an extraordinary lack of detail in the recording of police stop and searches acts as a barrier to ensuring racial equality is upheld by Scotland's national police.

    The warning comes after the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) published a report today which said that the unreliability of data recording means that it is impossible to rule out racial profiling.

    Article / Aug 20, 2014
  • An independent Scotland? No thanks!

    There are plenty of rational reasons to say 'no thanks' to independence.

    The hard facts mean we are better together.

    There's the economic case - keeping the pound, keeping our pensions safe, sharing financial risks, underwriting our savings. The rest of the UK is our largest trading partner - two thirds of Scottish exports go to England, Wales and Northern Ireland so why even consider putting up an international border with the rest of the UK?

    Page / Aug 18, 2014
  • Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes has said that sustained campaigning from the Scottish Liberal Democrats and others over the use of stop and search has caused Police Scotland to think twice over excessive use of the tactic.

    Figures published today showed that the overall number of stop and searches declined whilst the positive yields of stop and searches increased.

    Ms McInnes said: "There can be little doubt that the sustained campaigning from the Scottish Liberal Democrats and others have forced Police Scotland to think twice over the excessive use of voluntary stop and search.

    "Scotland's national police force conducted 75,000 fewer stop and searches between April and June 2014 compared to the same time last year and have driven up the positive yield to a quarter of all searches. This supports our argument that evidence-led, targeted stop and searches are the most effective way to tackle crime whilst respecting the civil liberties of the majority of people who respect the law of the land.

    "However it remains that the use of stop and search in Scotland is unregulated and concerns continue to exist over a target-led approach. That is why Scottish Liberal Democrats will be putting forward amendments to the Criminal Justice Bill to ensure all searches are proportionate, accountable and have a sound legal basis."

    Article / Aug 15, 2014
  • Alison McInnes, MSP for North East Scotland and Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson, has written to the Chief Constable of Police Scotland, Sir Stephen House, to highlight the importance of continuing to fund Albyn House in Aberdeen after it was praised by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS).

    Article / Aug 15, 2014
  • Scottish Liberal Democrats have today applauded a decision by HM Inspectorate for Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) and the Scottish Police Authority to undertake a review and inquiry into Police Scotland's policy on armed policing. After weeks of calling for a full and formal review into armed police attending routine duties whilst carrying guns overtly, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes said the decision was a victory for local communities.

    Article / Aug 14, 2014
  • Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today repeated calls for the Scottish Government to publish any detailed work they have undertaken on the set up costs of an independent Scotland. 

    Mrs McInnes' intervention came after a Freedom of Information request seeking details of Scottish Government analysis on set up costs was rejected on the basis that compiling the information would prove too expensive. 

    Article / Aug 13, 2014
  • Alison McInnes, MSP for North East Scotland and Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson, has revealed that staff at the new HMP & YOI Grampian used incapacitating spray on prisoners during a 14-hour siege at the facility in May - the first time the substance has been deployed in a Scottish prison.

    Article / Aug 12, 2014
  • Scottish Liberal Democrats have called on First Minister Alex Salmond to give his assurances that he will accept all recommendations to come from a UN human rights investigation into some of the SNP's controversial justice policies.

    The call comes after it was revealed today that the Scottish Human Rights Commission have submitted a dossier to the UN setting out concerns over armed police, stop and search and moves to abolish corroboration.

    Article / Aug 10, 2014
  • Scottish Liberal Democrats have called on the chief constable of Police Scotland to guarantee that armed officers will not undertake routine duties in or around polling stations on the day of the referendum vote on independence.

    In a letter to Chief Constable Stephen House, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes warned that the presence of armed officers around polling stations would threaten to mar the voting process. The call comes as Police Scotland continue to ignore widespread calls to reverse its controversial policy of allowing armed officers to attend routine duties across Scotland whilst overtly carrying guns.

    Mrs McInnes said: "I am seeking a guarantee from the chief constable that armed officers from Scotland's national police force will not be present in or near polling stations on routine duties on the day of the referendum vote.

    "People in communities across Scotland have raised concerns about armed police in places such as nightclubs and supermarkets. I would be appalled if they felt it appropriate to conduct a routine patrol near or within a polling station whilst carrying a sidearm in their holster.

    "It would be an error of judgement and one the chief constable should proactively seek to prevent."

    Article / Aug 10, 2014

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