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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: Jan 31, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have welcomed a Scottish Government announcement of funding for a flyover on the A90 at Laurencekirk.

    Alison McInnes MSP, who represents North East Scotland, and local councillors David May (Montrose), Bill Howatson (Mearns) and Peter Bellarby (Stonehaven) have consistently called on successive SNP transport ministers to take action.

  • Article: Jan 29, 2016

    North East Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today welcomed plans by the Post Office to move its branch in St Giles Terrace, Dundee.

    Following a consultation with customers the new St Mary's branch will be housed in the Countdown Family Store, 20 St Giles Street, very near to the previous branch. It will be a main-style branch, as part of a national modernisation programme. The open-plan branch will offer the same services as before but have longer opening hours, including seven day opening.

  • Article: Jan 28, 2016

    I am pleased to speak after Christina McKelvie, as I know that she has campaigned long and hard on the issue, as I have.

    I thank the Government for introducing the bill. In doing so, it has recognised the need to keep battling the damage that is done by abusive behaviour and sexual harm. The bill falls short of providing for a new criminal offence of domestic abuse, and I know that campaigners have been concerned by that. However, I consider that the Government is right to have chosen to consult separately on that, which it is doing principally to get the definition right. It is worth taking time to do that. I look forward to a commitment from all parties in Parliament, whatever the outcome of the election, to introduce a bill on a new criminal offence early in the new parliamentary session.

  • Article: Jan 28, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to reform gender recognition legislation and break down the unreasonable barriers facing transgender people who wish to change their legal gender.

    The Gender Recognition Act 2004 requires those who wish to change their legal gender go through a lengthy and outdated legal process. Despite many other European countries allowing trans people to self-declare their gender, in Scotland evidence is examined by doctors and lawyers before such a change can proceed.

  • Article: Jan 28, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes has welcomed today's announcement of a City Region Deal for Aberdeen but warned areas north of the city should not be left out of the picture.

    Mrs McInnes, who represents North East Scotland, has consistently called for urgent support from both the UK and Scottish Governments as the area continues to struggle as a result of low oil prices.

  • Article: Jan 27, 2016

    Fuel poverty is often mentioned in passing in debates on health and housing, for example, but the full Parliament has not had a dedicated fuel poverty debate outside members' business since April 2014. That is why we allocated time to debate it today.

    Just as the Parliament came together to set a fuel poverty target in 2001, the Scottish Liberal Democrats believe that it now needs to come together to have a constructive, honest debate about how we are progressing against the Parliament's laudable and continuing ambition to eradicate fuel poverty.

  • Article: Jan 27, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP today welcomed a report from HMICS recommending an overhaul of how the use of biometrics by Police Scotland is regulated, following the party's investigation and campaign on the use of unregulated facial recognition technology.

    Searches have been conducted to cross-reference people's images with a central database. HMICS' Audit and Assurance Review of its use, published today, concluded:

  • Article: Jan 26, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today said that the North East cannot afford to wait for the UK budget following reports that the deputy first minister is seeking a meeting with the chancellor to discuss support for the North Sea energy industry.

    North East MSP Mrs McInnes was speaking following a meeting of the Scottish cabinet in Edinburgh which discussed the challenges facing the energy sector.

  • Article: Jan 26, 2016

    The story of the women who would not "go home and sit still" in wartime is being brought to life at the Scottish Parliament in a new free exhibition.

    Bellany and the Scottish Women's Hospitals features work never before seen by Scottish artist John Bellany in an exhibition which explores the work of the hospitals during World War 1.

  • Article: Jan 25, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP today said justice secretary Michael Matheson must accept the need for a separate Scottish inquiry into undercover police operations if the Home Office refuses to extend the Pitchford Inquiry north of the border.

    Mrs McInnes has commented after reports over the weekend suggested home secretary Theresa May is not minded to extend the Pitchford Inquiry to include activities of undercover officers in Scotland.

    Speaking today Mrs McInnes said: "There are talks ongoing between the justice secretary for Scotland and home secretary Theresa May but if these do not get anywhere, the justice secretary must accept the need for a separate inquiry to take place in Scotland.

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