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Welcome!

This website was established while I was a Member of the Scottish Parliament. As the Parliament has been dissolved there are no Members of Parliament until after the election on 5 May 2016.

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: Mar 10, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP today said that SNP ministers are asking Scots to take a step into the dark that could risk their privacy with their plans for a super ID database.

    Mrs McInnes was speaking after Scottish Government ministers refused to give an estimate of how often personal information would be shared with organisations under proposals that would see the extension of the NHS central register.

  • Article: Mar 9, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP today welcomed the decision by Scottish ministers to make legal aid available for the families of those who died in the Glasgow bin lorry tragedy as they apply to the High Court to move forward with a private prosecution.

    A Bill for Criminal Letters has been submitted to the High Court on behalf of the some of the families and a High Court hearing will consider whether it raises exceptional circumstances that would justify a private prosecution. The justice secretary Michael Matheson confirmed today that the Scottish Legal Aid Board should make legal aid available to them for that hearing as well as to the driver of the bin lorry.

  • Article: Mar 9, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP today repeated her calls for a Scottish inquiry into undercover police operations north of the border separate to the Pitchford Inquiry.

    Media reports today linked several senior Scots police officers to the Association of Chief Police Officers' Terrorism and Allied Matters Committtee, responsible for counter terrorism in Britain and with the remit over the undercover Metropolitan Police officers involved in the investigation.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP today repeated her party's commitment to a presumption against jail terms of less than a year in a move to reduce reoffending levels, as a new report shows a 10% rise in the Scottish prison population rate over the last decade.

    Figures published by the Council of Europe show that Scotland has one of the highest prison populations in Western Europe, with 147 inmates per 100,000 of the population in 2014.

  • Article: Mar 6, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP today said new figures which show police public counters in Edinburgh were closed on hundreds of occasions when they should have been open to local communities lay bare the impact of the SNP's policing reforms.

    Mrs McInnes was commenting as statistics obtained through Freedom of Information requests revealed that the 11 public counters in Edinburgh were shut unexpectedly 561 times over a six-month period.

  • Alison McInnes visits Gilmar engineering in Pitmedden
    Article: Mar 4, 2016

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today visited a local engineering firm to learn more about an apprenticeship programme.

    Mrs McInnes visited Gilmar Engineering Ltd at Pitmedden to find out more about the company's apprenticeship programme. The family firm, which was founded in 1999 after taking over a blacksmith's, has trained seven apprentices in the last 10 years. Last year there were four receiving on-the-job training as well attending college to further their skills. Today Alison met Nicol Stewart who was busy in the workshop when Mrs McInnes called.

  • Article: Mar 2, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today criticised the Scottish Government for failing children and young people with mental ill health in the North East as waiting times for treatment stretch even longer.

    This afternoon Mrs McInnes questioned health improvement minister Jamie Hepburn on how waiting times for children and adolescent mental health (CAMH) services in the area can be improved.

  • Article: Mar 1, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP today welcomed a UK government climb down after it was confirmed that the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) is set to have its funding extended.

    Mrs McInnes had previously called on UK ministers to safeguard the future of the unit, which is based in Livingston. Funding for the specialist unit was set to run out today.

  • Article: Mar 1, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP today welcomed the decision of the Scottish Government to ensure legal aid is available to victims of crime so they can be represented when their confidential records are sought by defence lawyers.

    Today the justice secretary confirmed the Scottish Government will not be appealing the outcome of a landmark judicial review by the Court of Session that questioned Scottish ministers' argument that legal aid should be refused for a woman whose medical records were sought by the accused. He also acknowledged changes to the legal aid system need to be made and said that interim arrangements have been put in place to ensure provision of legal aid in those circumstances.

  • Article: Feb 26, 2016

    North East MSP Alison McInnes today said that the SNP have let children in Scotland down as Scottish Liberal Democrat conference passed a motion that will help ensure that the basic human rights of children are protected.

    Mrs McInnes said that the motion passed at conference will pave the way for a step change in the way we support child and adolescent mental health services and enshrine the UN Convention on the Rights of the child in Scots law.

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