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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

  • Article: Jan 20, 2015

    Alison McInnes, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for North East Scotland, today urged Scottish Ministers to provide support to Northbay Pelagic following the fire at its fish processing plant in Peterhead on Saturday.

    During Topical Questions in the Scottish Parliament today, Mrs McInnes highlighted the challenges facing the company and the wider impact that the incident could have upon the local economy. The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment, Richard Lochhead MSP, said that the Scottish Government will be represented on a new multi-agency taskforce set to meet on Friday to establish how the public sector can assist the company in the short and long-term.

  • Article: Jan 19, 2015

    Tuesday 13 January 2015

    16:53

    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD): The Justice Committee's report on the SSI is laden with provisos and caveats-in my view, far too many for comfort. Regular rigorous independent scrutiny of our prisons is essential in order to ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained. The proposals do not ensure that monitors will be truly independent; instead, independent prison monitors will sit in a hierarchy and their work will be directed by salaried co-ordinators who will, in turn, be overseen by Her Majesty's chief inspector of prisons for Scotland.

  • Article: Jan 19, 2015

    Thursday 15 January 2015

    15:22

    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD): I gladly join members across the chamber in commending all those who work in many different ways to keep us safe.

    My Liberal Democrat colleagues and I are incredibly grateful for the work that the emergency services do for all our constituents around Scotland. Police officers, ambulance crews, firefighters, doctors, nurses and many more routinely put the needs of the public before their own. Each time that they start a shift, they are prepared to deal with unexpected, distressing and traumatic situations; incidents that the rest of us might never encounter at all-we certainly hope that we do not.

  • Article: Jan 15, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today warned that police officers are bearing the brunt of pressures caused by the SNP's centralisation plans after figures revealed that the number of officers taking time off for stress related illnesses has continued to rise in the last three years.

    Since 2012, police officers have taken 123,508 sick days due to anxiety, stress and depression.

  • Article: Jan 15, 2015

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today urged bus companies to cut their fares in light of falling fuel prices.

    Mrs McInnes has written to National Express Dundee, Stagecoach and First, calling on them to pass on the drop in diesel prices to customers through lower fares.

    In her letter she points out that bus operators receive a fuel subsidy and that fare-paying passengers and taxpayers will want reassurance that falls in diesel costs will be passed on.

  • Alison signs up for the engineering skills gap campaign
    Article: Jan 14, 2015

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes has backed calls for support to help the engineering and technology industries to attract a new generation of skilled and talented people.

    Mrs McInnes attended the Institution of Engineering and Technology skills reception at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday (13 January) to show her support for engineering and to encourage more young people to study science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects at school.

  • Article: Jan 14, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for North East Scotland, Alison McInnes, has urged Scottish Ministers to look again at gaps in the provision of in-patient facilities for young people with mental health problems in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

    During Portfolio Questions in the Scottish Parliament today, Mrs McInnes highlighted that there are no CAMHS in-patient facilities in the NHS Grampian area, with the nearest beds at Dudhope House in Dundee and Raigmore Hospital in Inverness. The mental health minister, Jamie Hepburn MSP, responded by saying "We can't provide them sadly at absolutely every location".

  • Article: Jan 13, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP today warned the SNP government against dog whistle politics as experts criticised Scottish Government plans for changes to prisoner release policy.

     

    At a Scottish Parliament Justice Committee hearing this morning, representatives from the Howard League, the Scottish Human Rights Commission and the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research warned that planned reforms to early release policy could increase the risk to the public and not reduce re-offending.

  • Article: Jan 12, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP today warned that drugs must not be allowed to derail offender rehabilitation programmes as new figures revealed details of drug seizures at prisons across Scotland.

    Statistics obtained by the Scottish Liberal Democrats through Freedom of Information legislation reveal a mixed picture in terms of the number of drug seizures, with the number of finds falling at half of all prisons between 2012-13 and 2013-14 but increasing at the remaining institutions.

  • Article: Jan 12, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat North East MSP Alison McInnes has said the Health Secretary must openly face up to the problems at NHS Grampian caused by underfunding.

    Shona Robison MSP is set to lead a postponed review of local health services today, ahead of which it was was reported NHS Grampian will receive £15 million in additional funding.

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