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  • Article: Jan 29, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today hailed a decision by the Scottish Police Authority that will mean the ban on routinely armed policing is maintained.

    In an eagerly awaited report into the issue, the SPA today said Police Scotland should not revert to the model of police officers overtly carrying sidearms whilst attending routine duties.

  • Article: Jan 28, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today said that the decision to scrap HMP Inverclyde presents parliament with an opportunity to define the justice system and how it interacts with women offenders.

    In an amendment to the motion debated in Holyrood today, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes said greater judicial diversity was necessary to ensure the justice system is an accurate reflection of society.

  • Article: Jan 28, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP today warned that surveillance powers must be used proportionately after it was revealed local authorities have authorised hundreds of clandestine investigations since 2012.

     

    Freedom of Information requests from the BBC showed that local authorities have authorised the use of covert surveillance and investigations into issues such as underage sunbed use and dog fouling on 501 occasions since 2012.

  • Article: Jan 28, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today said that the SNP has the wrong priorities for local communities as the remaining courts marked for closure shut their doors in communities across Scotland this week.

    Under the plans, voted for by a nationalist majority at the justice committee in Holyrood, 17 sheriff and justice of the peace courts have closed in total. The closures went ahead despite strong objections from local communities and opposition MPs.

  • Article: Jan 27, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes today said that the justice secretary must set out the next steps for female prisoners at HMP & YOI Cornton Vale.

    During Topical Questions in the Scottish Parliament today, Mrs McInnes commended the decision to scrap HMP and YOI Inverclyde, but warned that serious shortcomings in  mental health treatment and the use of solitary confinement at the existing Cornton Vale show that swift action is needed in lieu of a clear alternative unit.

  • Article: Jan 26, 2015

    Following the announcement that the Scottish Government has scrapped plans for a new women's jail in Inverclyde, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson, Alison McInnes MSP said: "I am pleased that the Scottish Government has listened to the voices of reformers and called a halt to its plans to build HMP Inverclyde.

  • Article: Jan 23, 2015

    Bus companies have ruled out cutting their fares despite the cost of crude oil having dropped by more than half recently.

    In letters to North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes, two bus operators confirmed that they will not cut their fares. She commented: "I am disappointed that bus passengers will not see the benefits of falling diesel and petrol prices for quite some time. The companies should be considering renegotiating their bulk buy contracts. Savings should be passed on as quickly as possible."

  • Article: Jan 20, 2015

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today welcomed the news that Factory Skatepark in Dundee has secured £300,000 from Social Investment Scotland, an organisation which provides loans to third sector groups in Scotland that would miss out on mainstream bank loans.

    Factory Skatepark is a popular social enterprise which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and is the UK's first custom-built indoor extreme sports arena for boarding, blading and BMXing. It recently opened the Fun Factory, which provides facilities such as sensory room, to children who are five-years-old and younger. The investment will be used to create more space for the youngest children.

  • Article: Jan 20, 2015

    Alison McInnes, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for North East Scotland, today urged Scottish Ministers to provide support to Northbay Pelagic following the fire at its fish processing plant in Peterhead on Saturday.

    During Topical Questions in the Scottish Parliament today, Mrs McInnes highlighted the challenges facing the company and the wider impact that the incident could have upon the local economy. The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment, Richard Lochhead MSP, said that the Scottish Government will be represented on a new multi-agency taskforce set to meet on Friday to establish how the public sector can assist the company in the short and long-term.

  • Article: Jan 15, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today warned that police officers are bearing the brunt of pressures caused by the SNP's centralisation plans after figures revealed that the number of officers taking time off for stress related illnesses has continued to rise in the last three years.

    Since 2012, police officers have taken 123,508 sick days due to anxiety, stress and depression.