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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: Nov 9, 2014

    Figures obtained by the Scottish Liberal Democrats have revealed that scores of Scotland's firefighters have been subjected to violent assaults whilst on duty in the past two years. The disturbing revelations, obtained by the party through freedom of information laws, found that 124 assaults on Scottish Fire and Rescue Service firefighters took place between 2013/14 and 2014/15 (up to 30 October 2014).

  • Article: Nov 7, 2014

    Deputising at First Minister's Questions

    It was a privilege to deputise for Willie Rennie and lead the Scottish Liberal Democrats during First Minister's Questions last week.

    I used the opportunity to question Alex Salmond on problems with the detention and treatment of young people needing emergency mental health care.

    The Mental Welfare Commission has raised concerns that more children are being admitted to general hospital wards which don't specialise in the care they need. The organisation also found safeguards around their detention are not always obeyed.

    The First Minister agreed this is a serious issue and said he would arrange for me to meet the Health Secretary to review these important procedures.

  • Article: Nov 6, 2014

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today voiced concerns that Aberdeen is bottom of the league in Scotland for respite care.

    Respite weeks allow unpaid carers to take a break from their care responsibilities, with local authorities providing replacement care support.

    Mrs McInnes commented: "There is a postcode lottery across the country according to Scottish Government figures which show that Shetland provides more than nine times the levels of Aberdeen. The city languishes at the foot of the league with fewer than 20 weeks of respite per 1000 population. The majority of local authorities - including Aberdeenshire, Angus, Dundee and Moray - lie within a range of 20 to 60 weeks.

  • Article: Nov 6, 2014

    5 November 2014


    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD): Scottish Liberal Democrats welcome the opportunity to highlight the work of the advisory group on tackling sectarianism in Scotland.

    Scotland has wrestled with sectarianism for decades, and debate has too often been suppressed or sensationalised and reduced to simplistic understandings and stereotypes. The advisory group's initial contribution, in the report that it published in December 2013, moved matters on significantly.

  • Article: Nov 6, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that ambiguity remains around the Scottish Government's plans to ensure the safety of children in Scotland in light of a significant warning from the Chief Executive of the Care Inspectorate.

    During First Minister's Questions today Scottish Liberal Democrat business manager, Alison McInnes MSP, pressed the First Minister to set out his government's priorities for action following publication earlier this week of Care Inspectorate assessments into how well children and vulnerable adults are protected from abuse.

  • Article: Nov 5, 2014

    Tuesday 5 November


    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD): I, too, am grateful to Stewart Stevenson for bringing this important issue to the chamber. I am pleased to record my gratitude for the tireless work of my constituent, Ron Beaty. Alongside others who have been touched by similar personal tragedies in my North East Scotland region, he has fought for a decade for safety improvements on school transport. Together, they have determinedly turned traumatic events into a positive and substantive campaign for change. That commitment and contribution of our campaigners must be matched by the relevant authorities. I hope that the minister will explain how the Scottish Government intends to encourage compliance with the 2010 transport guidance, if there are disparate approaches throughout the country.

  • Article: Nov 5, 2014

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today welcomed the launch of a new apprenticeship programme at the Scottish Parliament for 16 - 24 year olds living in Scotland. There will be 20 places available.

    Mrs McInnes commented: "This is a great opportunity to work in a range of areas - including visitor services, events, finance, security, human resources and IT - in an exciting environment in Scotland's capital. I would encourage any young person in the North East who is interested to find out more. There will be an open day in parliament on Friday 21 November, and further details can be found at www.scottish.parliament.uk/apprenticeships."

  • Article: Nov 4, 2014

    Alison McInnes, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for North East Scotland, has today responded to the news that 25 staff at the publicly-funded James Hutton Institute, based in Aberdeen and Invergowrie, could be forced to leave their jobs through compulsory redundancy.

    Ms McInnes commented: "This is obviously a worrying time for everyone at the James Hutton Institute and the priority needs to be ensuring those staff whose jobs are on the line receive the support they need. But we should also be clear that any forced job losses are a direct result of Scottish Government funding decisions.

  • Article: Nov 2, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have criticised senior SNP Cabinet ministers for adding to their own climate change woes after official figures showed ministerial cars being used to shuttle ministers from Holyrood to their offices in St Andrews house.

    The details, published on the Scottish Government's website without fanfare, showed that in one instance the soon to be First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, took a ministerial car from a TV studio in Glasgow to a TV studio next door.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2014

    Alison McInnes, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for North East Scotland, has warned the SNP government is chronically underfunding NHS Grampian after an Audit Scotland report, published today, shows the healthboard was short-changed by £39.9 million in 2013/14.

    The report revealed the extent of financial and demographic pressures facing struggling health boards. It also urged the Scottish Government to review current financial and performance targets for the NHS in order to ensure its own flagship 2020 Vision policy can be met. A planned 0.9 per cent real terms reduction to the overall health budget in the next two years and budget restraints which prevent longer term planning were noted as sources of increasing strain on Scotland's health service.

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