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  • Article: Jul 15, 2014

    Alison McInnes, Liberal Democrat MSP for North East Scotland, welcomed today's announcement on fibre optic broadband which confirmed that many residents in rural parts of the North East are to benefit from the latest stage of the £410 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

    More than 90,000 homes and businesses in 18 local authority areas across Scotland will receive new or additional broadband improvements under a scheme backed by the UK government.

  • Article: Jul 11, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP today said SNP Ministers have dropped the ball on prison rehabilitation after new figures revealed that almost 1000 inmates in Scottish prisons have been placed on waiting lists for programmes designed to reduce reoffending.

    Freedom of Information requests from the Liberal Democrats showed that as of March 2014, 956 individuals in prisons across Scotland were on waiting lists for offending behaviour related programmes.

  • Article: Jul 9, 2014

    Two North East parliamentarians today underlined their concerns about the threat to Royal Mail's deliver-everywhere service from rivals such as TNT Post UK which is expanding its services in select major cities.

    Sir Robert Smith, Liberal Democrat MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, has tabled a motion at Westminster raising concerns about the sustainability of Royal Mail's universal service, as TNT Post UK develops its end-to-end delivery operations.

  • Article: Jul 7, 2014

    Alison McInnes, MSP for North East Scotland, has called for an urgent investigation into local ambulance delays after new figures uncovered by Scottish Liberal Democrats revealed they took more than 20 minutes to respond to life-threatening incidents in the North East on hundreds of occasions in the last year.

  • Article: Jul 6, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP has said that damning comments from serving police officers on stop and search underline the need to for parliament to defy complacency from the Justice Secretary and get a grip on the use of the controversial tactic.

    New details of research carried out by the Scottish Police Authority, the police watchdog, on the use of stop and search emerged today. These findings were not included in a previous report into the tactic.

  • Article: Jul 3, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that new figures on stop and search lay bare the full use of the tactic across Scotland. Year-end reports published by Police Scotland today show stop and search activity, amongst other crime information, broken down by council area and police division.

    The figures show that Glasgow City had the highest stop and search rate at 3712 per 10,000 people. When broken down into age and gender, the figures showed that in Ayrshire, the stop and search rate for 16-19 year old men was as high as 23,963 per 10,000 population. In Dumfries and Galloway stop and searches increased by 19,318% in the one year since the creation of Scotland's national police service.

  • Article: Jul 2, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have warned that the latest dispute over the use of routinely armed police officers in the Highlands is a real test of the Justice Secretary's promises that a national police force would continue to be flexible to local needs.

    It comes after Highland Council overwhelmingly voted in favour of a review of Police Scotland's gun policy in the region. Police Scotland has now said its national policy is unlikely to change.

  • The stop and search change received widespread media coverage
    Article: Jul 2, 2014

    Housing Bill

    From 2016 council and social housing tenants in Scotland will no longer have the right to buy their homes.

    'Right to buy' was among the most prominent and, at one time, popular policies of Margaret Thatcher's government. Since its introduction in 1980, it has enabled 455,000 tenants in Scotland to fulfil their aspiration to purchase their own home.

  • Article: Jul 1, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have put further pressure on Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill to put all stop and searches on a regulated footing after a House of Commons report showed a stark comparison between use of the tactic by police officers in Scotland, and England and Wales.

    It comes after findings from a review by the All Party Parliamentary group for Children into their relationship with the police revealed over 1,000 stop and searches were carried out on children under the age of 10 during the last five years. This stands in stark contrast with figures obtained by BBC Scotland which show that in the space of eight months between April and December 2013, Police Scotland carried out 2,912 searches on children between the ages of eight and 12.

  • Article: Jun 26, 2014

    Following the announcement of £120 million in funding to develop a new maternity hospital and a new cancer centre as part of the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Campus, Alison McInnes, MSP for North East Scotland, commented: "I am delighted that these much needed new facilities are set to be built in Aberdeen.