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  • Article: Apr 8, 2014

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today welcomed improvements costing £2.3m to the A90 between Stonehaven and Bridge of Dee.

    Mrs McInnes said: "This is the main route from Aberdeen to the south, as well as being the gateway to the city. It is very important that it is fit for purpose. Some of the resurfacing work was long overdue in the Portlethen area, where the surface gave drivers a free rollercoaster ride.

  • Article: Apr 8, 2014

    Rail announcement long overdue

    You may have seen last week that long-overdue investment in the Inverness to Aberdeen rail line was announced. Over the next five years this will hopefully lead to reduced journey times and more trains between the two cities.

    This was a well thought out Liberal Democrat strategy that I worked on when I was chair of the local transport body Nestrans. However, it has taken the Scottish Government seven years to recognise the need to tackle our Victorian intercity journey times.

  • Article: Apr 2, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today accused the Justice Secretary of having set a worrying precedent by refusing to question the controversial increased use of "voluntary" stop and search by police.

    During a Scottish Liberal Democrat debate on stop and search in the parliament today, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP highlighted shocking figures which show that the majority of stop and searches are carried out without reasonable suspicion.

  • Article: Apr 1, 2014

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes welcomed today's news from ScotRail of a dramatic leap in passenger numbers at Monifieth station.

    Mrs McInnes commented: "Yet again more people are opting to take the train when they actually stop in stations. An increase of 120% a month compared to a year previously shows there is a great demand for more rail services.

  • Alison McInnes MSP, Alistair Carmichael MP and Willie Rennie MSP tour the Brewdog brewery at Balmacassie.
    Article: Apr 1, 2014

    A thriving Ellon company has hosted a visit by Liberal Democrat politicians.

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP and Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael MP toured the BrewDog brewery on Saturday with North East MSP Alison McInnes.

    The three met brewery staff at the new facility which now employs around 100 people.

  • Article: Mar 31, 2014

    North East Scottish Liberal Democrats have challenged the First Minster and his SNP government to stop dreaming about independence, get on with the day job and deliver a decent infrastructure for the North East.

    The Fair Deal for the North East campaign, launched at the Scottish Liberal Democrat Spring conference in Aberdeen today (Sunday 30th March) calls for investment in transport, housing and local government funding from Holyrood.

  • Article: Mar 28, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat North East MSP Alison McInnes has said that a £170m investment plan into Inverness to Aberdeen rail announced today by Scottish Ministers is long overdue.

    Ms McInnes said: "This is long overdue. This was a well thought out Liberal Democrat strategy that I worked on when I was chair of Nestrans. It's taken the SNP seven years to recognise the need to invest in this. We won't be handing out any plaudits to the First Minister and given his past record we'll believe it when we see it."

  • Article: Mar 28, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today passed the policy motion, mental health and Scotland's criminal justice system, a motion calling for significant improvements to mental health services in Scotland's criminal justice system.

    Key proposals include calls for:

    • mental health professionals to be available to those in custody whether in police custody or in our prisons, or in alcohol or drug treatment centres;
    • the Scottish Government to carry out an urgent review of the provision and resourcing of services for women in prison with borderline personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder
    • members of the judiciary to be trained about mental health issues as part of ongoing training and best practice guidance which they receive
    • options for diverting people into treatment rather than prosecution where they suffer from mental health problems
  • Article: Mar 28, 2014

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today praised five young mums from Dundee who are through to the final of a Money for Life Challenge.

    Mrs McInnes explains: "As part of their project the team of 16 and 17-year-oldpupils from Menzieshill High School produced a Winning Weans leaflet which is designed to give young parents money-saving tips for preparing food for their babies.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes has welcomed news that the R&A has recommended admission of women members. The decision will be put to a ballot for members in September this year. Ms McInnes has long called for the R&A to review their membership policy.

    Ms McInnes said: "Last year when talking about Muirfield, I called on the R&A to show some leadership. I'm glad they have finally found their voice! The R&A say that the spirit of the game of golf is epitomised in three words - honesty, integrity and courtesy; it's long overdue that these sentiments were carried from the courses into the clubhouses."

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