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

  • Scottish Liberal Democrats have today hailed a decision by the Scottish Police Authority that will mean the ban on routinely armed policing is maintained.

    In an eagerly awaited report into the issue, the SPA today said Police Scotland should not revert to the model of police officers overtly carrying sidearms whilst attending routine duties.

    Article / Jan 29, 2015
  • Wednesday 28 January


    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD): I am so pleased that the Cabinet Secretary for Justice has reflected on the plan for HMP Inverclyde and listened to the progressive voices that were raised against it. The Howard League for Penal Reform, Families Outside and many others across civic Scotland played an important role in securing that outcome. His decision has presented us with another opportunity to do things differently and to redefine the experiences of women who come into contact with our justice system.

    Article / Jan 29, 2015
  • Scottish Liberal Democrats today said that the decision to scrap HMP Inverclyde presents parliament with an opportunity to define the justice system and how it interacts with women offenders.

    In an amendment to the motion debated in Holyrood today, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes said greater judicial diversity was necessary to ensure the justice system is an accurate reflection of society.

    Article / Jan 28, 2015
  • Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP today warned that surveillance powers must be used proportionately after it was revealed local authorities have authorised hundreds of clandestine investigations since 2012.


    Freedom of Information requests from the BBC showed that local authorities have authorised the use of covert surveillance and investigations into issues such as underage sunbed use and dog fouling on 501 occasions since 2012.

    Article / Jan 28, 2015
  • Scottish Liberal Democrats today said that the SNP has the wrong priorities for local communities as the remaining courts marked for closure shut their doors in communities across Scotland this week.

    Under the plans, voted for by a nationalist majority at the justice committee in Holyrood, 17 sheriff and justice of the peace courts have closed in total. The closures went ahead despite strong objections from local communities and opposition MPs.

    Article / Jan 28, 2015
  • Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes today said that the justice secretary must set out the next steps for female prisoners at HMP & YOI Cornton Vale.

    During Topical Questions in the Scottish Parliament today, Mrs McInnes commended the decision to scrap HMP and YOI Inverclyde, but warned that serious shortcomings in  mental health treatment and the use of solitary confinement at the existing Cornton Vale show that swift action is needed in lieu of a clear alternative unit.

    Article / Jan 27, 2015
  • North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today welcomed the announcement that projects in Dundee, Portsoy and Loch of Strathbeg are to benefit from the latest round of awards from the UK government's Coastal Communities Fund.

    Across Scotland 27 towns and villages are set to benefit as part of the £9.58 million third funding round of the fund. In Dundee is set to receive £500,000 from the scheme that was set up by Liberal Democrats in government.

    Article / Jan 26, 2015
  • Following the announcement that the Scottish Government has scrapped plans for a new women's jail in Inverclyde, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson, Alison McInnes MSP said: "I am pleased that the Scottish Government has listened to the voices of reformers and called a halt to its plans to build HMP Inverclyde.

    Article / Jan 26, 2015
  • Bus companies have ruled out cutting their fares despite the cost of crude oil having dropped by more than half recently.

    In letters to North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes, two bus operators confirmed that they will not cut their fares. She commented: "I am disappointed that bus passengers will not see the benefits of falling diesel and petrol prices for quite some time. The companies should be considering renegotiating their bulk buy contracts. Savings should be passed on as quickly as possible."

    Article / Jan 23, 2015
  • North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today welcomed the news that Factory Skatepark in Dundee has secured £300,000 from Social Investment Scotland, an organisation which provides loans to third sector groups in Scotland that would miss out on mainstream bank loans.

    Factory Skatepark is a popular social enterprise which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and is the UK's first custom-built indoor extreme sports arena for boarding, blading and BMXing. It recently opened the Fun Factory, which provides facilities such as sensory room, to children who are five-years-old and younger. The investment will be used to create more space for the youngest children.

    Article / Jan 20, 2015

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