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  • Article: Nov 20, 2014

    18 November 2014


    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD): The current drink-drive limit was set in 1965. Since then, I am glad to say, perceptions have changed. Public and scientific understanding of the risks has increased dramatically. However, for many folk there is still some confusion as to what the existing limit allows. Is it a pint or a glass of wine? What constitutes a unit, and how many can someone have and still drive legally?

  • Article: Nov 12, 2014

    12 November 2014


    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD): The Scottish Liberal Democrats will also support the motion, which sets out a robust defence of human rights.

    Some politicians and media would have us believe that, taken together, the European convention on human rights, the European Court of Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998 somehow amount to a criminals' charter or a terrorists' treaty. That is, of course, nonsense.

  • Article: Nov 6, 2014

    5 November 2014


    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD): Scottish Liberal Democrats welcome the opportunity to highlight the work of the advisory group on tackling sectarianism in Scotland.

    Scotland has wrestled with sectarianism for decades, and debate has too often been suppressed or sensationalised and reduced to simplistic understandings and stereotypes. The advisory group's initial contribution, in the report that it published in December 2013, moved matters on significantly.

  • Article: Nov 5, 2014

    Tuesday 5 November


    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD): I, too, am grateful to Stewart Stevenson for bringing this important issue to the chamber. I am pleased to record my gratitude for the tireless work of my constituent, Ron Beaty. Alongside others who have been touched by similar personal tragedies in my North East Scotland region, he has fought for a decade for safety improvements on school transport. Together, they have determinedly turned traumatic events into a positive and substantive campaign for change. That commitment and contribution of our campaigners must be matched by the relevant authorities. I hope that the minister will explain how the Scottish Government intends to encourage compliance with the 2010 transport guidance, if there are disparate approaches throughout the country.

  • 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.