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Standing up for local people... Alison McInnes MSP

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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  • Article: Aug 15, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes has said that sustained campaigning from the Scottish Liberal Democrats and others over the use of stop and search has caused Police Scotland to think twice over excessive use of the tactic.

    Figures published today showed that the overall number of stop and searches declined whilst the positive yields of stop and searches increased.

    Ms McInnes said: "There can be little doubt that the sustained campaigning from the Scottish Liberal Democrats and others have forced Police Scotland to think twice over the excessive use of voluntary stop and search.

    "Scotland's national police force conducted 75,000 fewer stop and searches between April and June 2014 compared to the same time last year and have driven up the positive yield to a quarter of all searches. This supports our argument that evidence-led, targeted stop and searches are the most effective way to tackle crime whilst respecting the civil liberties of the majority of people who respect the law of the land.

    "However it remains that the use of stop and search in Scotland is unregulated and concerns continue to exist over a target-led approach. That is why Scottish Liberal Democrats will be putting forward amendments to the Criminal Justice Bill to ensure all searches are proportionate, accountable and have a sound legal basis."

  • Article: Aug 15, 2014

    Alison McInnes, MSP for North East Scotland and Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson, has written to the Chief Constable of Police Scotland, Sir Stephen House, to highlight the importance of continuing to fund Albyn House in Aberdeen after it was praised by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS).

  • Article: Aug 14, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have today applauded a decision by HM Inspectorate for Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) and the Scottish Police Authority to undertake a review and inquiry into Police Scotland's policy on armed policing. After weeks of calling for a full and formal review into armed police attending routine duties whilst carrying guns overtly, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes said the decision was a victory for local communities.

  • Article: Aug 13, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today repeated calls for the Scottish Government to publish any detailed work they have undertaken on the set up costs of an independent Scotland. 

    Mrs McInnes' intervention came after a Freedom of Information request seeking details of Scottish Government analysis on set up costs was rejected on the basis that compiling the information would prove too expensive. 

  • Article: Aug 12, 2014

    Alison McInnes, MSP for North East Scotland and Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson, has revealed that staff at the new HMP & YOI Grampian used incapacitating spray on prisoners during a 14-hour siege at the facility in May - the first time the substance has been deployed in a Scottish prison.

  • Article: Aug 10, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have called on First Minister Alex Salmond to give his assurances that he will accept all recommendations to come from a UN human rights investigation into some of the SNP's controversial justice policies.

    The call comes after it was revealed today that the Scottish Human Rights Commission have submitted a dossier to the UN setting out concerns over armed police, stop and search and moves to abolish corroboration.

  • Article: Aug 10, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have called on the chief constable of Police Scotland to guarantee that armed officers will not undertake routine duties in or around polling stations on the day of the referendum vote on independence.

    In a letter to Chief Constable Stephen House, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes warned that the presence of armed officers around polling stations would threaten to mar the voting process. The call comes as Police Scotland continue to ignore widespread calls to reverse its controversial policy of allowing armed officers to attend routine duties across Scotland whilst overtly carrying guns.

    Mrs McInnes said: "I am seeking a guarantee from the chief constable that armed officers from Scotland's national police force will not be present in or near polling stations on routine duties on the day of the referendum vote.

    "People in communities across Scotland have raised concerns about armed police in places such as nightclubs and supermarkets. I would be appalled if they felt it appropriate to conduct a routine patrol near or within a polling station whilst carrying a sidearm in their holster.

    "It would be an error of judgement and one the chief constable should proactively seek to prevent."

  • Article: Aug 7, 2014

    Register to have your say on Scotland's future

    This week 1.7 million Scots tuned in to watch the STV debate between the leader of the Better Together campaign, Alistair Darling, and the First Minister.

    During the debate it was once again exposed that Alex Salmond still can't give voters answers to the most basic of questions, despite preparing for this moment his entire political life.

  • Article: Aug 7, 2014

    Former Scottish Liberal Democrat councillor Dr Richard Speirs has died at his home. He was 71.

    He won a seat in Arbroath at the Tayside Regional Council elections in 1990, and was elected to the new Angus Council in 1995, holding the position until he retired in 2007.

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for North East Scotland Alison McInnes said: "Dick Speirs was a constant champion for his community and a dedicated campaigner for the party.

  • Article: Aug 5, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today criticised the Justice Secretary's hollow statement on armed policing, warning that it will reassure no-one.

    Speaking after the statement, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said: "The Justice Secretary's hollow statement on armed policing reassured no one. He should have explained the decision to deploy overtly armed officers on routine duties on a daily basis in our towns and villages. It stretches credibility to ask us to believe that the threats and risks across Scotland are exactly the same everywhere. He failed to justify this change and I can only conclude that it is disproportionate to the risk.

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