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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: Aug 7, 2015

    Senior police officers and government ministers could be brought before a Holyrood committee to provide answers on Police Scotland's involvement in accessing the communications data of journalists without judicial approval. 

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson and policing sub-committee member Alison McInnes MSP has written to convenor Christine Grahame MSP to ask that the parliamentary committee investigate the claims. If agreed, an inquiry could result in senior figures from Police Scotland and the Scottish Government being asked to provide evidence. 

  • Article: Aug 6, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today called for action from Police Scotland and the Scottish Government after the party published damning statistics which showed only 1 per cent of all police officers in Scotland identify as black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME).

    Figures obtained by the Scottish Liberal Democrats using freedom of information laws found that there are no BAME officers in the top two ranks and only two across the top four ranks held by the 446 most senior officers in Scotland.

  • Article: Aug 4, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today welcomed the "promising" details of an independent review into the use of unregulated facial recognition technology by Police Scotland.

    The term of reference of the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) audit and assurance review, published today, revealed that an audit of 500 records of Police Scotland's use of the technology within the police national database will form part of their investigations. The investigation will look at the statutory farmwork, policy and practice and the ethical issues considered in Police Scotland's use of facial recognition technology.

  • Article: Aug 4, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today criticised the SNP government for gloating about police officer numbers at a time when many frontline services are under severe pressure.

    Whilst it was reported today that the number of additional police officers is being maintained at more than 1,000 compared to 2007, more reports continue to emerge about officers fulfilling civilian duties such as staffing pressured control rooms.

  • Article: Jul 31, 2015

    Police Call Handling

    Everyone has been appalled by the news about the tragic deaths of two people following a crash on the M9 near Stirling. Their car lay down an embankment for three days after a member of the public first called Police Scotland, during which time the national force also issued a missing persons plea.

  • Article: Jul 28, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP today warned that Scottish Government ministers have washed their hands of Scotland's CCTV code.

    Mrs McInnes was speaking after answers to parliamentary questions revealed that the Scottish Government appears to have taken no active role in ensuring the National Strategy for Public Space CCTV is implemented.

  • Article: Jul 27, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP has raised concerns about the potential further loss of specialist civilian staff knowledge from Police Scotland.

    A series of parliamentary questions and a freedom of information request submitted by the Scottish Liberal Democrats revealed the reduction of the specialist staffing capacity of Police Scotland's firearms and licensing sections. 

  • Article: Jul 24, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes today urged Conservative Scottish Secretary David Mundell to investigate reports that surveillance agency GCHQ last month abandoned guidelines which prevented intelligence officers from intercepting MSP communications.

    A report uncovered by the Daily Record today revealed that the Wilson Doctrine has been amended to now explicitly rule out the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish parliaments and the European Parliament.

  • Article: Jul 24, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes today welcomed the support of the UN Human Rights Committee for Lib Dem moves to scrap so-called consensual stop and search in Scotland.

    The report called on the Scottish Government to "repeal non-statutory stop and search powers in Scotland" and raised concerned about the use of consensual stop and search "undertaken on a large scale by Police Scotland, that appear to involve, inter alia, the selective application of such measures in a manner which is allegedly unlawful and disproportionate."

  • Article: Jul 24, 2015

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes has welcomed assurances from BT over providing phone numbers for new residents in the Portlethen area.

    Mrs McInnes said: "I had been contacted by residents with complaints about getting a phone installed in their new homes, particularly in the Hillside area of Portlethen where nearly 1000 homes have been built in recent years.

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