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  • Article: Oct 30, 2014

    Alison McInnes, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for North East Scotland, has warned the SNP government is chronically underfunding NHS Grampian after an Audit Scotland report, published today, shows the healthboard was short-changed by £39.9 million in 2013/14.

    The report revealed the extent of financial and demographic pressures facing struggling health boards. It also urged the Scottish Government to review current financial and performance targets for the NHS in order to ensure its own flagship 2020 Vision policy can be met. A planned 0.9 per cent real terms reduction to the overall health budget in the next two years and budget restraints which prevent longer term planning were noted as sources of increasing strain on Scotland's health service.

  • Article: Oct 27, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that a crucial report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) into armed policing has uncovered a systematic failue by Police Scotland to communicate the fundamental change in policy to people across Scotland.

    The report, published today, agreed with the Chief Constable's proposals for armed officers only to attend incidents involving firearms or a threat to a life. This followed concerns from local communities who had learnt through newspaper reports that armed officers were attending routine duties and overtly carrying sidearms.

  • Article: Oct 27, 2014

    North East Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today encouraged Scots to have their say on further powers for the Scottish Parliament as the deadline for members of the public to submit their views to the Smith Commission approaches.

    Political representatives to the Smith Commission will meet for the second time this week and the public have until 5pm this Friday (31 October) to make submissions to Lord Smith as work to reach agreement on further powers continues.

  • Article: Oct 23, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes has said that Scottish Liberal Democrats are eager to get the ball rolling on legislation to protect Scots against revenge porn. In an interview published today, Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland set out suggested maximum jail sentences for so-called revenge porn offence.

  • Article: Oct 22, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP today called on SNP Ministers to help protect Scots from so-called revenge porn.

    Mrs McInnes was speaking after the House of Lords backed new UK government proposals that will see people posting private intimate images without consent face criminal sanctions in England and Wales.

  • Article: Oct 19, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP today said new figures showing an increase in the number of drug and weapons confiscations in Scottish prisons underline the scale of the challenge facing prison service staff as they work to keep inmates safe.

    Ms McInnes was speaking after new figures obtained by the Scottish Liberal Democrats showed an 85% rise in the number of weapons confiscated from inmates between 2012 and 2013.

  • Article: Oct 16, 2014

    Commenting on the Fife Report published today by HM Inspectorate Of Constabulary In Scotland (HMICS), Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson, Alison McInnes MSP, said: "This is a welcome report which reflects the concerns which I have voiced over the past year about policing needing to better reflect local needs and priorities.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2014

    Alison McInnes, MSP for North East Scotland and Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson, has welcomed the news that Aberdeen City Alcohol and Drugs Partnership has offered funding to keep Albyn House open for another year as "a great relief".

    The centre on Dee Street operates as a safe house for individuals who are not committing a crime but are found drunk and incapable in the city. Albyn House is jointly funded by NHS Grampian and Police Scotland. However, uncertainty surrounding Police Scotland's continued funding of the project had led to fears that the centre may close.

  • Article: Oct 14, 2014

    Commenting on today's resignation by NHS Grampian chair Bill Howatson, North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes said: "NHS boards have been under enormous pressure and NHS Grampian has been no exception as the public rightly expects the highest standard of service. The challenges from a financial shortfall from the Scottish Government, the aging population and the staffing shortages are taking their toll.

  • Article: Oct 12, 2014


    Scottish Liberal Democrat Justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP today encouraged the SPA to enable all Scots to participate in a public consultation on the decision to allow the deployment of armed police on routine duties, following concerns the consultation is "inaccessible, needlessly complex and unnecessarily time-consuming".