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  • 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 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.

  • Alison McInnes MSP with other Liberal Democrat parliamentarians outside Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
    Article: Sep 4, 2014

    Today on the campaign trail, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP and Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander MP (left) joined North East Liberal Democrat parliamentarians Sir Robert Smith MP, Sir Malcolm Bruce MP, and Alison McInnes MSP out canvassing in Aberdeen City and Shire. With them was Gordon candidate Christine Jardine (centre). They were at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary to highlight the SNP's £6bn independence tax and spend crisis.

  • Article: Sep 2, 2014

    Why I am saying No Thanks!

    There are plenty of rational reasons to say No Thanks to independence.

    The hard facts mean we are better together.

    There's the economic case: keeping the pound, sharing financial risks, securing our pensions and savings. The rest of the UK is our largest trading partner with two thirds of Scottish exports going to England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Why even consider erecting an international border?

  • Article: Sep 2, 2014

    Following today's report by Education Scotland on Kingspark School in Dundee, North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes expressed her concerns about the performance of the school.

    Kingspark is a school for pupils with additional support needs, and aims to provide a learning environment that helps young people to develop and prepares them for independent living. The Education Scotland report graded the school as "satisfactory" in improvements in performance, learners' experiences and the curriculum, and "weak" in meeting learners' needs and improvement through self-evaluation.

  • Article: Aug 28, 2014

    Alison McInnes, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for North East Scotland, today welcomed the publication of a new report aiming to boost efforts to secure greater gender equality in politics across the UK.

    The Sex and Power 2014 report published today by the Centre for Women and Democracy sets out six recommendations to make faster progress towards gender parity in public life.