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 Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP today warned that Scottish Government ministers have washed their hands of Scotland's CCTV code.

    Mrs McInnes was speaking after answers to parliamentary questions revealed that the Scottish Government appears to have taken no active role in ensuring the National Strategy for Public Space CCTV is implemented.

    Article / Jul 28, 2015
  • Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP has raised concerns about the potential further loss of specialist civilian staff knowledge from Police Scotland.

    A series of parliamentary questions and a freedom of information request submitted by the Scottish Liberal Democrats revealed the reduction of the specialist staffing capacity of Police Scotland's firearms and licensing sections. 

    Article / Jul 27, 2015
  • Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes today urged Conservative Scottish Secretary David Mundell to investigate reports that surveillance agency GCHQ last month abandoned guidelines which prevented intelligence officers from intercepting MSP communications.

    A report uncovered by the Daily Record today revealed that the Wilson Doctrine has been amended to now explicitly rule out the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish parliaments and the European Parliament.

    Article / Jul 24, 2015
  • Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes today welcomed the support of the UN Human Rights Committee for Lib Dem moves to scrap so-called consensual stop and search in Scotland.

    The report called on the Scottish Government to "repeal non-statutory stop and search powers in Scotland" and raised concerned about the use of consensual stop and search "undertaken on a large scale by Police Scotland, that appear to involve, inter alia, the selective application of such measures in a manner which is allegedly unlawful and disproportionate."

    Article / Jul 24, 2015
  • North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes has welcomed assurances from BT over providing phone numbers for new residents in the Portlethen area.

    Mrs McInnes said: "I had been contacted by residents with complaints about getting a phone installed in their new homes, particularly in the Hillside area of Portlethen where nearly 1000 homes have been built in recent years.

    Article / Jul 24, 2015
  • Scottish Liberal Democrat Justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP today said it would be fundamentally wrong to sweep problems in police call handling under the carpet as Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary Scotland (HMICS) announced the terms of reference for their review of call centre operations.

    Article / Jul 22, 2015
  • Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP today welcomed news that the Scottish Human Rights Commission has referred the police's use of stop and search to the United Nations and given more weight to her plans for reforming the controversial tactic.

    In its submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee, the commission asked that the UN investigate the pervasive and intrusive practice of so-called consensual stop and search.

    Article / Jul 3, 2015
  • Scottish Liberal Democrat North East MSP and justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes today blasted a senior SNP MSP's staggering complacency over the Scottish Government's controversial proposals to create a super ID database.

    In a response to a constituents concerns, SNP MSP for Angus South, Graeme Dey, accused critics of the government's scheme of being "paranoid".

    Article / Jun 29, 2015
  • Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP today launched a bid to increase the age of criminal responsibility in a move that would mean an end to children as young as eight entering the criminal justice system.

    Mrs McInnes has tabled amendments to the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill that would see the age of criminal responsibility increase from eight to 12. Increasing the limit to 12 is "the absolute minimum" the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child expects.

    Article / Jun 28, 2015
  • Scottish Liberal Democrats have secured a review of Police Scotland's controversial use of facial recognition technology. 

    In a letter to Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie and Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) will now undertake a review into the technology. Following discussions with the Justice Secretary, the review will be included in HMICS' 2015-16 scrutiny plan. 

    Article / Jun 26, 2015

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