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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: Oct 7, 2014

    Following the news that the new Forth crossing will cost £50 million less than estimated, Scottish Liberal Democrats Alison McInnes MSP, Sir Robert Smith MP and councillor David May have called on the Scottish Government to use the underspend to invest in safety improvements at Laurencekirk junction.

  • Article: Oct 6, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have warned against false and demeaning attempts to frame local concerns over the Chief Constable's operational independence as a debate between politicians and the Chief Constable.

    In remarks published today, the Scottish Police Federation criticised "point-scoring" politicians of interfering in operational matters for political gains.

  • Article: Oct 5, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have called on SNP Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill to apologise for a crass tweet where he compared Aberdeenshire Council bid to collect the poll tax to tactics used by southern states during the American civil war.

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP commented:

    "For Scotland's justice secretary to compare this to landmark efforts to secure equal rights is equally insulting to the civil rights movement and to Scotland's councils. People expect and deserve better. Kenny MacAskill must apologise for this ill-judged late night tweet."

  • Article: Oct 1, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats said today that a significant u-turn from Police Scotland over its policy on armed police is a win for local communities.

    A statement released today by Police Scotland said that armed police officers would no longer be deployed on routine duties.

    Commenting, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said: "After sustained pressure from the Scottish Liberal Democrats I am delighted that Police Scotland has made the right decision and will no longer deploy firearms officers on routine duties. This u-turn is a win for the many local communities across Scotland who were alarmed by this undemocratic and fundamental change in policing approach.

  • Article: Oct 1, 2014

    Reflecting on the referendum

    It was straight back to business as the Scottish Parliament returned just four days after the referendum result was announced. Last Wednesday I spoke for the Liberal Democrats in the Chamber about the campaign, the result and what it means for the future of our country.

    With a turnout of 85 per cent, it was a victory for democracy. There was an appetite to be involved and people realised their vote counted. This was no dry constitutional debate; it enlivened people around the country. I have certainly never seen anything like it in my twenty or so years of being involved in politics and I hope we can sustain the energy and interest that this debate sparked.

  • Article: Sep 30, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes has said that reports that firearms carried by police officers in Scotland are expected to be covered with a more discreet holster shows a fundamental misunderstanding of concerns over the arming of police.

    In response to the reports, Alison McInnes MSP commented: "This shows a fundamental misunderstanding of concerns over the arming of police. New holsters will do nothing to assuage the fears within local communities.

  • Article: Sep 30, 2014

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes is encouraging young people to consider standing for the Scottish Youth Parliament.

    Nominations for prospective youth parliament candidates opened this week. Nominations are open to anyone aged 14-25 and the closing date for lodging nominations is 31 October at 5pm, with elections taking place from 2 - 13 March 2015. 

  • Article: Sep 26, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today said that Police Scotland's controversial policy on armed policing is becoming increasingly untenable amidst mounting local opposition. A policy paper by COSLA was agreed today by its members which criticised Police Scotland's failure to engage with local concerns and raised concerns about the lack of clarity over operational independence.  

  • Article: Sep 25, 2014

    24 September 2014


    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD): This has been a long, interesting and, I think, necessary debate. We all agree that there were a number of remarkable things about the referendum, the first of which was the turnout. At 85 per cent, it was a victory for democracy. There is no doubt that there was an appetite to be involved and that people realised that their vote counted. Voter apathy? I do not think so. On 18 September 2014, indifference was conquered.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2014

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today welcome improvements to the post office in New Pitsligo.

    Currently the service at the Drummond Stores in the High Street is operated as an outreach facility from Buckie post office. However from 17 October this will change to a new-style local branch with longer opening hours.

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