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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: Mar 5, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP today demanded that Police Scotland be more upfront with parliament and the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) after it was revealed armed officers have attended 1644 routine incidents in the past five months.

    The figures were disclosed by senior officers following repeated questioning by Alison McInnes during the justice sub-committee on policing evidence session on armed police today. Assistant chief constable Bernard Higgins said these proactive routine interactions with the public included responding to driving offences and assisting in the search for missing people. 

  • Article: Mar 5, 2015

    4 March 2015


    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD): As Liberal Democrats we are pleased to have used our time in the chamber to debate privacy and the state. We welcome whole-heartedly the support of other opposition parties and hope that the SNP will reflect on the strength of feeling expressed. Willie Rennie, Richard Simpson, Liz Smith and Patrick Harvie have clearly and coherently set out the risks and what is at stake, which is more than can be said for Christian Allard in his contribution.

  • Article: Mar 5, 2015

    Thursday 26 February


    I, too, congratulate Mary Fee on securing the debate, which follows on from yesterday's joint meeting of the cross-party group on children and young people and the cross-party group on families affected by imprisonment.

    I thank the NSPCC and Barnardo's for their valuable contribution. Although their report builds on earlier work, including the Corston and Angiolini reports, the statistics and analysis still make stark reading, as other members have highlighted. Up to 4,600 children under the age of two are affected by parental imprisonment each year in Scotland, and two thirds of female prisoners and half of male prisoners report that they have children. Those children are at at least double the risk of developing mental health problems and are three times more likely to be involved in antisocial or delinquent behaviour.

  • Article: Mar 3, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have warned the latest A&E figures show SNP Ministers must stop short-changing NHS Grampian.

    Official statistics published today showed that 89.9% of people attending A&E in January 2015 were treated by NHS Grampian within four hours - significantly below the national four-hour target waiting time target of 95%.

  • Article: Feb 26, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today said the chief constable to listen to front-line police officers after a critical independent report revealed that the morale of police officers in Ayrshire was being damaged by constant pressure to conduct stop and searches.


    An HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) inspection of Police Scotland's Ayrshire division said: "Whilst we acknowledge KPI and performance targets are strongly reinforced in the division we noted that some officers and staff felt that the emphasis on targets had unintended consequences."

  • Article: Feb 25, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today demanded an explanation from SNP ministers over claims on NHS funding after figures revealed that health boards across Scotland are still being short changed.

    On 11 January this year, the Scottish Government issued a statement which said that an additional tranche of funding would "bring all health boards to within 1 per cent of parity under the NHS funding formula, NRAC, a year earlier than planned."

  • Article: Feb 24, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today warned the Scottish Government is failing children and young people with mental health problems as figures published today showed health boards failed to meet targets in accessing crucial child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).

    Official statistics published today showed that between October and December last year, 86 percent of children and adolescents were seen at CAMHS units within the March 2013 target of 26 weeks. In December 2014, the target treatment time was reduced to 18 weeks. Between the same period, only 78.9% of patients were seen within the December 2014 target of 18 weeks. In both instances, the Scottish Government target is to be achieved for at least 90% of patients.

  • Article: Feb 24, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today warned the system of retained firefighters risks being stretched to breaking point as new figures revealed the loss of hundreds of staff during the first year of the new national service.

    Official statistics published today showed that between April 2013 and March 2014 the total number of full-time equivalent staff working for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service dropped from 8,964 to 8,484 - a decrease of five per cent compared to one per cent the previous year.

  • Article: Feb 21, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP has said SNP ministers should explain how they will prevent their police centralisation from having an even greater impact on frontline policing.

    It comes after it was revealed that Police Scotland will most likely not have the resource needed to complete its reforms after it loses its special reform budget at the end of the coming financial year.

  • 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."    

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