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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: Feb 19, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today said that their case for all stop and searches to be put on a legal footing is "stronger than ever" following an admission by the chief constable that under the current system police officers could still conduct consensual stop and searches of children. 

    During evidence to the Scottish Parliament's subcommittee on policing, chief constable Stephen House said that consensual stop and search was "policy not law."    

  • Article: Feb 19, 2015

    Stop and search controversy

    The use of stop and search tactics by the police has once again been in the news after it was revealed some children under 12 are still being searched on a consensual basis. This is despite the police admitting to me last June that the practice was "indefensible" and telling MSPs that it would stop immediately. Parliament wasn't told that it continued. On Thursday, at my request, the police will be recalled to Parliament to account for these failings.

  • Article: Feb 18, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP today welcomed the announcement of the establishment of the new Scottish Sentencing Council as a positive step, but has warned its gender balance will go a long way to determining whether it can reduce female re-offending.


    The Scottish Government today announced that the new body will be established in October this year with a view to holding its first meeting in November.

  • Article: Feb 18, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP today warned that that a revealing exchange of emails between officials at Police Scotland and the Scottish Information Commissioner risks seriously undermining public confidence in Scotland's national force.

    In a series of email correspondence published by the Information Commissioner's office today, claims by the chief constable that they were compelled to release the information and that they warned previously about inaccuracies were rebutted by fact.

  • Article: Feb 18, 2015

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today expressed disappointment in First Aberdeen's decision to increase some first bus fares despite the recent decline in fuel prices.

    Earlier this year Mrs McInnes called on all North East bus operators to pass savings onto their hard pressed customers.

  • Article: Feb 17, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP has formally sought support from the Scottish Government for her party's moves to end the discredited practice of consensual stop and search.

    In a letter sent to Justice Secretary Michael Matheson today, Ms McInnes said that the regulatory regime for stop and search must be strengthened, highlighting warnings that current police practice could be successfully challenged in the courts. The Scottish Human Rights Commissioner stated again last week that consensual searches are "almost certainly unlawful".

  • Article: Feb 11, 2015

    Thursday 5 February


    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD): It is a crying shame that, in 2015, girls around the world are subjected to such brutal abuse. It is all the more shaming that it is happening to girls who were born in our country.

    It is hard to bear and to hear that young girls are in pain, isolated and frightened, and that women are living with the daily consequences of FGM, including difficulties with menstruation, pelvic and urinary tract infections, and painful intercourse. For some, there is infertility, and for others, there are difficulties with childbirth and an increased risk of stillbirth or haemorrhage, not to mention the psychological consequences of such a trauma.

  • Article: Feb 11, 2015

    Thursday 5 February 2015


    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD): I will be brief. On Tuesday, I asked Fergus Ewing why Aberdeen City Council's funding allocation was below the funding floor. He just recited the script that the finance minister has used for the past three years-that the Government made an adjustment three years ago and nothing more needs to happen. I have had to listen to John Swinney say for the past three years that it is important to him not to look again at the settlement.

  • Article: Feb 8, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today revealed they are to bring forward legislation to abolish consensual stop and search.  

    Following widespread condemnation over the use of the unregulated tactic, the First Minister announced moves earlier this week which could bring an end to consensual stop and search. 

  • Article: Feb 5, 2015

    The assistant chief constable who told a Holyrood committee that consensual stop and search of children under 12 would end is to be recalled to parliament to explain why instead it continued unabated.

    After a successful bid by Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP, Holyrood's Justice Sub-Committee on policing today agreed that the police boss would be brought back before committee at an extraordinary meeting on 19 February.

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