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  • Article: Oct 22, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP today called on SNP Ministers to help protect Scots from so-called revenge porn.

    Mrs McInnes was speaking after the House of Lords backed new UK government proposals that will see people posting private intimate images without consent face criminal sanctions in England and Wales.

  • Article: Oct 19, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP today said new figures showing an increase in the number of drug and weapons confiscations in Scottish prisons underline the scale of the challenge facing prison service staff as they work to keep inmates safe.

    Ms McInnes was speaking after new figures obtained by the Scottish Liberal Democrats showed an 85% rise in the number of weapons confiscated from inmates between 2012 and 2013.

  • Article: Oct 16, 2014

    Commenting on the Fife Report published today by HM Inspectorate Of Constabulary In Scotland (HMICS), Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson, Alison McInnes MSP, said: "This is a welcome report which reflects the concerns which I have voiced over the past year about policing needing to better reflect local needs and priorities.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2014

    Alison McInnes, MSP for North East Scotland and Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson, has welcomed the news that Aberdeen City Alcohol and Drugs Partnership has offered funding to keep Albyn House open for another year as "a great relief".

    The centre on Dee Street operates as a safe house for individuals who are not committing a crime but are found drunk and incapable in the city. Albyn House is jointly funded by NHS Grampian and Police Scotland. However, uncertainty surrounding Police Scotland's continued funding of the project had led to fears that the centre may close.

  • Article: Oct 14, 2014

    Commenting on today's resignation by NHS Grampian chair Bill Howatson, North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes said: "NHS boards have been under enormous pressure and NHS Grampian has been no exception as the public rightly expects the highest standard of service. The challenges from a financial shortfall from the Scottish Government, the aging population and the staffing shortages are taking their toll.

  • Article: Oct 12, 2014

    McINNES: ARMED OFFICER CONSULTATION LIKE AN EXAM IN POLICE BUREAUCRACY

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP today encouraged the SPA to enable all Scots to participate in a public consultation on the decision to allow the deployment of armed police on routine duties, following concerns the consultation is "inaccessible, needlessly complex and unnecessarily time-consuming".

  • Article: Oct 8, 2014

    McINNES CALLS ON JUSTICE SECRETARY TO GO AMIDST CONTINUED CONTROVERSY ON ILLIBERAL POLICE REFORMS

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have called for the Justice Secretary to resign rather than be afforded the luxury of being reshuffled out of office.

    In a strong attack on the Justice Secretary's record in office, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes condemned the Justice Secretary's blasé reaction to controversial issues which have arisen under Scotland's national police force.

  • Article: Oct 7, 2014

    Following the news that the new Forth crossing will cost £50 million less than estimated, Scottish Liberal Democrats Alison McInnes MSP, Sir Robert Smith MP and councillor David May have called on the Scottish Government to use the underspend to invest in safety improvements at Laurencekirk junction.

  • Article: Oct 6, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have warned against false and demeaning attempts to frame local concerns over the Chief Constable's operational independence as a debate between politicians and the Chief Constable.

    In remarks published today, the Scottish Police Federation criticised "point-scoring" politicians of interfering in operational matters for political gains.

  • Article: Oct 5, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have called on SNP Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill to apologise for a crass tweet where he compared Aberdeenshire Council bid to collect the poll tax to tactics used by southern states during the American civil war.

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP commented:

    "For Scotland's justice secretary to compare this to landmark efforts to secure equal rights is equally insulting to the civil rights movement and to Scotland's councils. People expect and deserve better. Kenny MacAskill must apologise for this ill-judged late night tweet."