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  • Article: Aug 30, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats are to seek to put democracy back into Scottish policing, it has been revealed today.

    Radical proposals to make the senior police chief in each of Scotland's 32 council areas accountable to the local authority, end one-size-fits-all policing, and reform the Scottish Police Authority will be debated at the party's autumn conference in October.

  • Article: Aug 27, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes today urged the SNP government to think long and hard about the shortcomings of Police Scotland before it advertises for a new chief constable.

    Mrs McInnes said: "The SNP government needs to demonstrate that it understands what a troubling legacy Stephen House leaves behind.

    "Not only has he managed to forge a force that is both a heavy handed presence and yet remote from the communities it should serve, he has also allowed the morale of police and civilian staff to plummet.

    "Before they advertise for a new chief constable the government needs to think long and hard about the shortcomings of this deeply flawed organisation it is responsible for. Only by acknowledging those serious shortcomings can we begin to recover what has been lost."

  • Article: Aug 26, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP today repeated calls to Police Scotland to halt further control room closures until an independent probe of police call handling is complete.

    Papers published in advance of the Scottish Police Authority board meeting tomorrow (Thursday 27 August) revealed that Police Scotland bosses accepted that staffing levels at troubled Bilston Glen "were not sufficient" when the workload from Stirling and Glenrothes moved across.

  • Article: Aug 24, 2015

    Children's panel

    Recently I had the opportunity to observe a hearing of the children's panel in Aberdeen, and to meet the children's reporter service.

    The visit was very helpful given my role as a member of parliament's justice committee and as the Scottish Liberal Democrats' justice spokesperson. Supporting vulnerable children and young adults is crucial in helping them to succeed in their lives. The panel does this by making decisions that are in their best interests.

  • Article: Aug 24, 2015

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes added her tribute to Councillor Joanna Strathdee who died yesterday afternoon.

    She said: "During my time on Aberdeenshire Council I had a great respect for her as a fellow councillor and as the leader of the SNP group.

    "I was saddened to hear of her illness and admired the way she battled on, defying the obvious difficulties it caused her. She was an inspiration to many. Joanna showed that you should stand up for what you believe in, no matter the odds."

  • Article: Aug 21, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today repeated their calls for an independent review of policing bodies Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority.

    It follows an unprecedented joint statement issued by the chief constable and the SPA chairman in which they defended the SNP government's political decision to centralise Scotland's police service. 

  • Article: Aug 20, 2015

    Commenting on a joint statement by chief constable Stephen House and Scottish Police Authority chairman Vic Emery, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes said: "This is astonishing. The chief constable and the chairman of the SPA are acting as spokespeople for the Scottish Government when they should be fixing the problems created by the reforms.

  • Article: Aug 18, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today welcomed a submission from ASPS, a staff association for senior police officers, to the Scottish Government advisory group on stop and search.

    The party's justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said: "This is a valuable contribution by ASPS to Scotland's debate on the use of so-called consensual stop and search by police.

  • Article: Aug 18, 2015

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today urged local people to consider becoming a volunteer children's panel member.

    Mrs McInnes said: "I have seen the positive impact this can have on children who have been facing very difficult times in their young lives.

    "Members of the children's panel are volunteers drawn from the community. These lay members play a vital role in the care and protection of vulnerable children across the country.

  • Article: Aug 11, 2015

    A third of North East GPs would likely choose a different career. And more than a quarter says they have an unmanageable workload, according to a survey by the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

    The findings were unveiled in a report The crisis in Scottish primary healthcare, which analyses the responses of 389 GPs at 352 practices across Scotland. In Grampian 38 GPs replied to the survey.