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  • Article: May 28, 2015

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes is urging local people to join a national bone marrow donor register … and help save lives in the fight against blood cancer.

    The blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan is searching for more selfless people willing to donate their stem cells, or bone marrow, to save the life of a stranger. More than 550,000 people are on the register.

  • Article: May 27, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes today said people will be astonished by the latest "crisis of conscience" by former SNP justice secretary Kenny MacAskill, who only today urged the SNP to review its position on votes for prisoners.

    This is despite the fact that as justice secretary he blocked Liberal Democrat moves to give some short-term prisoners the vote in the independence referendum.

  • Alison McInnes (centre) with other MSPs outside parliament
    Article: May 26, 2015

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes promoted National Epilepsy Week (17-23 May) activities in the Scottish Parliament which included cover signing the published revised SIGN national guideline on managing epilepsy in adults. Along with fellow MSPs, she was pictured holding up the gold standard guidance cover in a group photo, held by the Epilepsy Consortium Scotland (ECS), following First Minister's Question Time on Thursday 21 May in the Garden Lobby. 

  • Article: May 26, 2015

    Following the discussion of new facial recognition technology at Topical Questions at the Scottish Parliament today, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP commented: "Fingerprint and DNA evidence have been mistaken in the past, leading to miscarriages of justice. That is why legislation was introduced to govern how it is managed. Surely the use of this latest biometric software, facial recognition technology, should be subject to similarly rigorous regulations?

    "The cabinet secretary simply does not get it. It may be that custody mugshots can be uploaded to the national database legitimately. The real questions surround how the police can then try to identify people on the street using this raw technology and, crucially, in what circumstances this would be appropriate."

  • Article: May 26, 2015

    The civil liberties of innocent people could be at risk as Scottish Liberal Democrats today revealed Police Scotland are using controversial new facial recognition technology to try to identify people.

    Figures revealed by the Scottish Liberal Democrats today show that 601,837 custody mugshots of 334,594 Scots have been uploaded to the UK-wide Police National Database (PND).

  • Article: May 21, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats said today that the lack of a long-term financial strategy must be resolved urgently in order to avoid damaging cuts to fire services in local communities.

    An Audit Scotland report published today revealed significant challenges faced by the new national fire and rescue service, including a £43m black hole in its budget.

  • Article: May 20, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today said Police Scotland bosses must be prepared to listen to the views of all its employees as it launches it first nationwide staff survey.

    The warning comes after it was reported that Police Scotland is bracing itself for bad news - before police officers and civilian staff have had the chance to submit their views on the new single force.

  • Alison McInnes with Dawn Mortimer, Alison Innes, Nicola Horne, Kirsty MacBeath and Joan Scott
    Article: May 18, 2015

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today visited apprentices at Les Enfants nursery in Inverurie as part of the Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2015.

    She was shown around by Dawn Mortimer and Alison Innes, the general manager and managing director at the nursery and accompanied by Nicola Horne, Kirsty MacBeath and Joan Scott from Cairn Training who support training and development of the apprentices.

  • Article: May 13, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today said that Police Scotland's armed policing policy is not working for the police or the communities that they serve.

    It comes after a national newspaper today published a photograph of two armed officers entering a Waitrose in Stirling at 9am on a weekday morning.

    This was despite assurances from the assistant chief constable Bernard Higgins that police were expected to use their professional judgement but that he would not expect to see officers in a busy shop in the afternoon.

  • Article: May 13, 2015

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today welcomed the news that the Wood Foundation is making up to £10 million available to NHS Grampian for the construction of a multi-storey car park exclusively for patients and visitors at the Foresterhill health campus in Aberdeen.

    Mrs McInnes commented: "A multi-storey car park would be a great boon for patients and visitors. I have had many complaints from constituents about the difficulties they have faced finding a place to park. Some have been late for appointments as a result. However, surely the Scottish Government should be funding vital infrastructure like this, and not leaving NHS Grampian to rely on charitable donations. It is commendable of the Wood Foundation to step into the breach."