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  • Article: Oct 9, 2014

    8 October 2014


    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD): One could be forgiven for thinking that the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 established Police Scotland. It did not. This Parliament established the Police Service of Scotland. However, on taking command of the national force, the chief constable swiftly presided over a rebrand.

  • Article: Oct 8, 2014

    7 October 2014


    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD): I thank the members of the legislation team for supporting me in drafting amendments. I also thank the Justice Committee clerks, as ever, and those who took time to give evidence to the committee.

    Working in conjunction with the Scottish Civil Justice Council's modernisation programme, the bill will enable our court structures to undergo significant reform.

  • Article: Sep 25, 2014

    24 September 2014


    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD): This has been a long, interesting and, I think, necessary debate. We all agree that there were a number of remarkable things about the referendum, the first of which was the turnout. At 85 per cent, it was a victory for democracy. There is no doubt that there was an appetite to be involved and that people realised that their vote counted. Voter apathy? I do not think so. On 18 September 2014, indifference was conquered.

  • Article: Aug 25, 2014

    Wednesday 20 August


    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD): In seeking to appeal to women voters, the nationalists continue to tout uncosted plans and peddle myths on the currency, childcare and most recently the national health service-anything to distract from their record of failing women across Scotland.

  • Article: Jun 27, 2014

    Thursday 26 June


    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD): The very nature of the private bill process, in rightly giving objectors a proper process for their views to be heard, tends to emphasise the negative. After months of considering objections, members of the committee would be forgiven for thinking that no one supported the council taking the proposed course of action, so Kezia Dugdale's speech was welcome, in that it reminded us just how much support there is in the community for that course of action.

  • Article: Jun 27, 2014

    Thursday 26 June


    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD): I start by thanking those MSPs who supported my motion and enabled it to be debated today.

    The British Medical Association's your GP cares campaign emphasises that general practice is the cornerstone of the national health service and is at the heart of every community. The service provided by general practitioners and primary healthcare teams-from professionals covering vast remote areas to those working in large city practices-is appreciated the length and breadth of the country and admired across the chamber.

  • Article: Jun 18, 2014

    Tuesday 17 June


    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD):

    I, too, welcome the debate, which is fitting in refugee week.

    I have no doubt that, across the chamber, we want to see the asylum system constantly improving and evolving. We should therefore welcome the ambition in the "New Scots" report to better integrate refugees into Scotland's communities. I share the vision that was set out by John Wilkes, the chief executive of the Scottish Refugee Council, when he said:

  • Article: Jun 13, 2014

    12 June 2014


    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD): I, too, welcome the opportunity to take part in this debate and to highlight how the cashback for communities scheme is improving the lives of thousands of young people across Scotland.

    The motion rightly notes that many successful applicants, but by no means all, support young people who are at risk of becoming involved in crime, and target areas where offending behaviour is most common. These diversionary projects enable those who are growing up amid difficult circumstances, disadvantage or deprivation to achieve their potential. Some projects realise that potential through education, new vocational skills or opportunities to enter the workplace, while other activities offer peer support and a chance to build positive relationships and to develop interests in an informal and safe environment. All seek to instil self-confidence and improve social cohesion, and to give those who feel detached from their communities a sense of purpose and belonging.

  • Article: May 22, 2014

    Wednesday 21 May 2014


    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD):

    Following Lord Gill's review of the civil courts, he described the existing system as "failing to deliver justice ... expeditiously, economically or efficiently."

    Scottish Liberal Democrats agree with many of his recommendations, which compel Parliament to modernise Scotland's court structures and procedures, and to equip them to better respond to the demands that are placed on them. However, in the few minutes that are available, I will focus on just some of the issues that the substantial package of reforms has inevitably presented.

  • Article: May 22, 2014

    Tuesday 20 May 2014


    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD): I, too, congratulate Kenneth Gibson on securing this important debate in epilepsy awareness week.

    As other members have mentioned, Quarriers conducted research in 2012 and published its findings in a report called "We need to talk about epilepsy". In introducing its findings, it explained: