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  • 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.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today accused the SNP of allowing Scotland to fall further behind efforts in England and Wales to strengthen protections for civil liberties amid concern over the use of stop and search.

    UK Home Secretary Theresa May today officially launched a Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme, intended to further reduce the number of times the public are stopped and searched. It will ensure more transparent means of recording stop and searches and ensure police can only undertake searches without grounds for suspicion in very specific circumstances.

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    Article: Aug 26, 2014

    I was exasperated to read last week the First Minister's disingenuous comments regarding the future of the NHS in Scotland.

    Alex Salmond claimed that falls in funding to the NHS in England would have a knock on effect here. However, he purposefully neglected to tell you that the NHS in England has received more money, not less, under every single UK Government for decades.

  • Article: Aug 21, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP today expressed concern over the limited ability of the police watchdog to hold the Police Scotland to account over their policy on the deployment of armed officers. 

    Vic Emery, chair of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), today told MSPs at a meeting of the Scottish Parliament Justice Sub-Committee on Policing that the watchdog did not have an opportunity to review the risks of the national force's policy on armed police before it was introduced. 

  • Article: Aug 20, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes today warned that an extraordinary lack of detail in the recording of police stop and searches acts as a barrier to ensuring racial equality is upheld by Scotland's national police.

    The warning comes after the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) published a report today which said that the unreliability of data recording means that it is impossible to rule out racial profiling.

  • alison sig
    Page: Aug 18, 2014

    An independent Scotland? 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, keeping our pensions safe, sharing financial risks, underwriting our savings. The rest of the UK is our largest trading partner - two thirds of Scottish exports go to England, Wales and Northern Ireland so why even consider putting up an international border with the rest of the UK?

  • Article: Aug 15, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes has said that sustained campaigning from the Scottish Liberal Democrats and others over the use of stop and search has caused Police Scotland to think twice over excessive use of the tactic.

    Figures published today showed that the overall number of stop and searches declined whilst the positive yields of stop and searches increased.

    Ms McInnes said: "There can be little doubt that the sustained campaigning from the Scottish Liberal Democrats and others have forced Police Scotland to think twice over the excessive use of voluntary stop and search.

    "Scotland's national police force conducted 75,000 fewer stop and searches between April and June 2014 compared to the same time last year and have driven up the positive yield to a quarter of all searches. This supports our argument that evidence-led, targeted stop and searches are the most effective way to tackle crime whilst respecting the civil liberties of the majority of people who respect the law of the land.

    "However it remains that the use of stop and search in Scotland is unregulated and concerns continue to exist over a target-led approach. That is why Scottish Liberal Democrats will be putting forward amendments to the Criminal Justice Bill to ensure all searches are proportionate, accountable and have a sound legal basis."

  • Article: Aug 15, 2014

    Alison McInnes, MSP for North East Scotland and Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson, has written to the Chief Constable of Police Scotland, Sir Stephen House, to highlight the importance of continuing to fund Albyn House in Aberdeen after it was praised by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS).

  • Article: Aug 14, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have today applauded a decision by HM Inspectorate for Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) and the Scottish Police Authority to undertake a review and inquiry into Police Scotland's policy on armed policing. After weeks of calling for a full and formal review into armed police attending routine duties whilst carrying guns overtly, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes said the decision was a victory for local communities.

  • Article: Aug 13, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today repeated calls for the Scottish Government to publish any detailed work they have undertaken on the set up costs of an independent Scotland. 

    Mrs McInnes' intervention came after a Freedom of Information request seeking details of Scottish Government analysis on set up costs was rejected on the basis that compiling the information would prove too expensive.