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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 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."

  • Article: Jun 22, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have issued a plea to the SNP Government to back the recommendations of an independent academic report into a controversial stop and search pilot.

    The report by academics from Dundee and Edinburgh Napier universities into the Fife pilot, published on Friday evening, found that the community engagement trials "played a role in legitimising" and "promoting the merits" of stop and search. In particular, engagement events where police officers visited schools, colleges and one university were criticised for being "inappropriately positive."

  • Article: Jun 22, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have repeated calls to put controversial stop and search on a statutory footing after it emerged today that nearly one in five Glaswegians have been subjected to the tactic.

    A report into stop and search rates in Scotland is due to be published tomorrow by academic Kath Murray.

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

    "These figures demonstrate the need for an evidence-based, regulated approach to stop and search. With Scottish divisions accounting for seven out of ten areas across the UK with the highest per capita search rate, we must ask if we are getting the balance right between protecting public safety and civil liberties.

    "In particular I have concerns that these high rates could be disproportionately affecting some communities and groups, and that runs the risk of resentment building up. Young people have an equal right to live their lives without regularly having to submit to searches.

    "The case for reform grows louder with each day. My amendments to the Criminal Justice Bill would put all stop and search on a legal footing and introduce a code of practice. All the evidence shows that this is what is desperately needed if we are to restore faith in Scotland's policing approach."

  • Article: Jun 19, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes has urged the SNP to back her proposals to put all stop and search on a legal footing following a damning academic report on a heralded pilot on the practice.

    Last year, officers in Fife piloted an approach to stop and search with young people which involved visiting schools to promote why consensual stop and search was neccessary. The approach has come under criticism in the independent academic report, which found that number of stop searches soared after its introduction.

  • Article: Jun 19, 2015

    Thursday 19 June 2015


    Like the Deputy First Minister, I am delighted that both of Scotland's Governments have worked together to extend the voting franchise. That prompt co-operation means that around 100,000 more young people will be able to decide as soon as next May who will best represent them. It is right that 16 and 17-year-olds will once again, after last year's referendum, be trusted to have a say in the future of their local communities and the direction of their country.
  • Article: Jun 19, 2015

    Scottish Elections (Reduction of Voting Age) Bill: Stage 3

    Thursday 18 June

    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD): Today, members will rightly celebrate the fact that we will finally grant 16 and 17-year-olds the right to vote in Scottish Parliament and local elections in Scotland from next May. We all agree that that is long overdue. However, with that opportunity come both moral and legal obligations. The bill will not extend the franchise to every 16 and 17-year-old: as it stands, around 100 young people held in young offender institutions will still be denied the right to vote.

  • Article: Jun 19, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for North East Scotland Alison McInnes has said that local residents cannot afford for the SNP to keep its head in the sand on the looming GP crisis.

    At First Minister's Questions this week, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie highlighted a recruitment warning issued by the British Medical Association in Scotland which showed doctors are retiring early or going part time, leading to a major shortage.

  • Article: Jun 18, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have hailed a historic day for democracy as the Scottish Parliament passed a bill giving young Scots the right to vote in the upcoming 2016 elections.

    A progressive amendment put forward by Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP, which could have given some young offenders the right to vote, was rejected by the SNP but received backing from some other opposition MSPs.

  • Article: Jun 17, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today urged Police Scotland bosses to redouble their efforts to brief armed officers about appropriate deployment after an armed officer was spotted picking up his lunch in a busy supermarket in Edinburgh - and senior officers reportedly said "this officer was doing absolutely nothing wrong."

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