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  • Article: Dec 17, 2014

    Liberal Democrats today welcomed the announcement of an inquiry into historic child abuse in Scotland. The review was announced at Holyrood this afternoon on what Alison McInnes MSP described as "an important day for victims". 

    Mrs McInnes said: "Responding on behalf of the Liberal Democrats, I welcomed that the public inquiry would have statutory powers - I have been calling for this for some time, and victims and survivors have long cried out for one. This is an important day for victims. It is absolutely right that we get to the truth of any allegations of abuse."

  • Article: Dec 12, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Alison McInnes MSP today said that SNP ministers are failing the college students who need their help the most after new figures revealed that Dundee & Angus College only received a fraction of the bursary funds requested.

    The college requested £800,000 for student support. It was confirmed today that the college would only receive £160,000.

  • Article: Dec 12, 2014

    Following the announcement that some sections of the Aberdeen bypass are due to open by autumn 2016, Alison McInnes, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for North East Scotland, commented: "In 2008, the SNP told us that work on the bypass would finish in 2012. More than two years on from that target, it is patronising to now claim this work will finish ahead of schedule.

  • Alison McInnes with competition winner Lauren Ferguson
    Article: Dec 12, 2014

    The judging of North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes' Christmas card competition has taken place, and the winner is Lauren Ferguson, aged 9, from 2nd Huntly Brownies.

    As an ambassador for Girlguiding Gordon, Mrs McInnes had asked for entries from local Brownies and Rainbows. She said: "I received nearly 200 entries from throughout Gordon, all of which were charming and delightful. It was obvious the children had put much thought into their designs. It was very difficult to choose the winners.

  • Article: Dec 9, 2014

    North East Liberal Democrats today called on SNP ministers to "get on with it" in delivering crucial upgrades to key transport links in the North East.

    Their comments came after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon highlighted her own party's lack of investment in projects such as the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route after Alex Salmond confirmed he would seek the SNP candidacy in Gordon.

    Scottish Liberal Democrats are expected to use the former First Minister's Gordon candidacy to heap pressure on the SNP government to pay attention to Gordon after years of neglect.

    Commenting, Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for Gordon, Christine Jardine, said: "The North East is counting the cost of years of underinvestment and neglect by an SNP Government more concerned with independence than improving our roads.

    "As SNP ministers chased votes in the referendum, the AWPR, the Haudagain roundabout works and the Inveramsay Bridge bottleneck all gathered dust at the bottom of the SNP's to-do list. We've had years of false starts and raised expectations from Alex Salmond and SNP ministers. Nicola Sturgeon's recent statement on infrastructure spending was just the latest in a long line of promises. We don't need more photos of ministers standing next to roads, we need them to pick up a shovel and get on with it".

  • Article: Dec 2, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that urgent action is required to protect North East patients. It comes after the publication today of three damning reports into NHS Grampian by Healthcare Improvement Scotland and the Royal College of Surgeons of England. 

    Scottish Liberal Democrat North East MSP Alison McInnes commented: "It is a huge testament to the efforts and commitment of frontline NHS Grampian staff that patient care has not been significantly compromised in the face of the problems identified by the reports. But it is also clear that their goodwill cannot continue to compensate for cultural failings, defective patient management systems and dysfunctional relationships further up the organisation. 

  • Article: Dec 1, 2014

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today welcomed the news that Dundee has become the first British city to meet tough criteria to receive UNESCO City of Design designation.

    The award recognises cities that have active design and creative industries with high levels of innovation. Only 10 cities in the world have previously been given this recognition, including Beijing in China, Montreal in Canada and Berlin in Germany. Bilbao in Spain, Curitiba in Brazil, Helsinki in Finland and Turin in Italy have received the award at the same time as Dundee.

  • Article: Nov 27, 2014

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today hailed a cross-party agreement on home rule powers for Holyrood as the biggest transfer of power within the UK since the creation of the Scottish Parliament.

    Lord Smith of Kelvin announced this morning (Thursday) that consensus had been reached on plans that will see the creation of a Scottish welfare system and billions of pounds in tax raising powers transferred to Holyrood.

  • Article: Nov 25, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP today said that SNP ministers are doing police officers a disservice by using them to mask cuts to civilian police staff.

    Mrs McInnes was speaking after Police Scotland Chief Constable Stephen House told MSPs on the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee that civilian support staff face further redundancies next year.

  • Article: Nov 25, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP has today warned a generic approach to tackling crime will not address the specific challenges that communities across Scotland are facing.

     

    Mrs McInnes was speaking after new crime figures revealed large disparities in recorded crime and clear-up rates across Scotland.