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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: Jun 28, 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 26, 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 25, 2015

    Tuesday 24 June 2015


    It is important to remember that automatic early release is a management device. It was introduced as a safety valve to ease the pressure caused by escalating prison populations, not because of any compelling evidence that such a measure would improve public safety.

    A number of questions face members today. Will the reform reduce reoffending? Will offenders receive sufficient supervision and support? Will it better protect our communities? Will it make sentencing more transparent and give victims more certainty?

  • Article: Jun 25, 2015

    Charles Kennedy

    It was with a heavy heart that I attended the funeral of my colleague Charles Kennedy in the shadow of Ben Nevis earlier this month.

    Charles was a true liberal giant. He was an extremely talented politician who served the people of Ross, Skye and Lochaber for 32 years with distinction, humility and humour. As leader, he guided our party to many of its strongest election results through sound judgement and his inimitable down-to-earth manner.

  • Article: Jun 25, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP today called on the First Minister to support changes to safeguard against the unjustified, intrusive use of stop and search.

    During First Minister's Questions, the North East MSP pressed the First Minister on a new academic report which found that Police Scotland's use of the controversial tactic remained "unduly high".

  • Article: Jun 23, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP has warned Police Scotland bosses to cut out the management speak and give police staff clear answers on potential closures.

    A report submitted by Police Scotland management for discussion at the Scottish Police Authority today set out a "footprint strategy" for the future of local policing which would seek to "retain, redevelop, replace, recycle, regenerate".

  • Alison McInnes with Wilson - one of the residents at Kirburn Court
    Article: Jun 23, 2015

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes has praised the staff of Kirkburn Court in Peterhead after visiting the care home as part of National Care Home Open Day.

    National Care Home Open Day takes place every year and its aim is to encourage care homes across the UK to open their doors to their local communities to establish better links and promote cooperation.

  • Article: Jun 22, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have repeated calls to the SNP Government to back plans to put all stop and search on a legal footing following the publication of a new report into controversial so-called consensual stop and search.

    A report by academic Kath Murray published today by the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research exposed the unwarranted and intrusive nature of the tactic.

    Commenting, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

    "This report reveals Scotland as the hotspot for stop and search across the entire United Kingdom. Seven out of the ten highest divisions for stop and search were in Scotland and there is no evidence that the scale of this controversial practice has had any bearing on crime rates.

  • Article: Jun 22, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have said a reported 50 percent increase in house break-ins in Edinburgh demonstrates the need for local policing.

    Following the creation of Scotland's national police force, the Edinburgh house break-in unit was disbanded. It was part of many local initatives to be scrapped across Scotland as police forces merged.

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

    "This worrying increase in house break-ins in Edinburgh demonstrates the need for Police Scotland to accommodate local policing approaches.

    "The one-size-fits-all approach fails to recognise the diverse nature of Scotland's communities. The consequence of that failure is all too real for households like those in Edinburgh who have witnessed an increase in house break-ins."

  • Article: Jun 22, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have urged the Justice Secretary to accelerate reforms for female prisoners in the criminal justice system.

    It follows an announcement by the Scottish Government that it is to build a new women's prison for 80 offenders to replace Cornton Vale.

    Commenting, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes said:

    "This is a sensible move which will begin to shift the way our criminal justice system treats female offenders.

    "After three years of stops, starts and wrong-turns, I welcome what seems to be a renewed focus on women offenders from the Scottish Government.

    "There remains significant concerns about the provision of mental health treatment, the use of solitary confinement as a management technique, and reconviction rates. This isn't good for offenders or the communities we return them to. I would urge the Justice Secretary to now deliver the Angiolini reforms in full and accelerate this process."

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