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  • Article: Nov 27, 2014

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today hailed a cross-party agreement on home rule powers for Holyrood as the biggest transfer of power within the UK since the creation of the Scottish Parliament.

    Lord Smith of Kelvin announced this morning (Thursday) that consensus had been reached on plans that will see the creation of a Scottish welfare system and billions of pounds in tax raising powers transferred to Holyrood.

  • Article: Nov 25, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP today said that SNP ministers are doing police officers a disservice by using them to mask cuts to civilian police staff.

    Mrs McInnes was speaking after Police Scotland Chief Constable Stephen House told MSPs on the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee that civilian support staff face further redundancies next year.

  • Article: Nov 25, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP has today warned a generic approach to tackling crime will not address the specific challenges that communities across Scotland are facing.

     

    Mrs McInnes was speaking after new crime figures revealed large disparities in recorded crime and clear-up rates across Scotland.

  • Article: Nov 25, 2014

    With winter on the way, North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes is calling on constituents to ensure they are taking advantage of free help and support with energy bills.

    Mrs McInnes said: "There are a number of simple steps that everyone should take to make sure they are doing all they can to keep their bills down and their homes warm."

  • Article: Nov 19, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have urged the new First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to sack Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill from her cabinet following a tenure which has been nothing short of a disaster for communities in Scotland.

    Ahead of Nicola Sturgeon's expected appointment to the First Minister post tomorrow, Scottish Liberal Democrats have published a list of controversial laws, closures and cuts affecting the justice system during Kenny MacAskill's time in office. Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes today said that Nicola Sturgeon should take the opportunity to end the seven years of bad luck for local communities by dismissing the Justice Secretary.

  • Article: Nov 12, 2014

    Alison McInnes, MSP for North East Scotland, is asking local rainbows and brownies to help design her official Christmas card this year.

    As an ambassador for Girlguiding Gordon, Alison is inviting members throughout the area to take part in the design competition. In addition to having their Christmas card professionally printed and sent to people across Scotland, there will be a prize for the winner.

  • Article: Nov 11, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats will today back an SNP Government motion on human rights, during the debate jointly criticising attempts by the Conservatives to remove support for the Human Rights Act 1998.

    During a debate in the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said: "A tiny minority of cases, portrayed as meddling in our domestic affairs, have led to it being unfairly maligned. It is disappointing that the Conservatives' amendment today, which seeks to remove expression of support for the Human Rights Act 1998, echoes such attitudes.

  • Article: Nov 11, 2014

    Alison McInnes, North East Scotland's Liberal Democrat MSP, has welcomed Scotland's national anti-bullying week, an annual event run by Respectme, the anti-bullying service. Anti-bullying week will take place from 17 to 21 November.

    The purpose of anti-bullying week is to raise awareness of the damage that bullying can cause and promote the ways in which it can be tackled. In the North East one particularly fine example of the prevention work taking place throughout Scotland has been the Aberdeenshire Youth Commission on Bullying.

  • Article: Nov 9, 2014

    Figures obtained by the Scottish Liberal Democrats have revealed that scores of Scotland's firefighters have been subjected to violent assaults whilst on duty in the past two years. The disturbing revelations, obtained by the party through freedom of information laws, found that 124 assaults on Scottish Fire and Rescue Service firefighters took place between 2013/14 and 2014/15 (up to 30 October 2014).

  • Article: Nov 7, 2014

    Deputising at First Minister's Questions

    It was a privilege to deputise for Willie Rennie and lead the Scottish Liberal Democrats during First Minister's Questions last week.

    I used the opportunity to question Alex Salmond on problems with the detention and treatment of young people needing emergency mental health care.

    The Mental Welfare Commission has raised concerns that more children are being admitted to general hospital wards which don't specialise in the care they need. The organisation also found safeguards around their detention are not always obeyed.

    The First Minister agreed this is a serious issue and said he would arrange for me to meet the Health Secretary to review these important procedures.