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  • Article: Dec 4, 2014

    4 December 2014

    15:04

    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD): SNAP has made an impact and good progress in its first year. It is good to have an opportunity to debate it today ahead of international human rights day on 10 December.

    Members have already spoken about SNAP's practical value in raising awareness of, understanding of and respect for human rights throughout the Government, public service and communities. The annual report notes that there is still a lack of understanding among decision makers and front-line workers about the value of human rights, so I welcome the cabinet secretary's announcement of an awareness-raising campaign on why rights matter and how to claim those rights. That is vital because, as the Scottish Human Rights Commission stresses,

  • Article: Dec 1, 2014

    27 November 2014

    15:11

    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD): It would be remiss of me not to start with a mention of the recommendations of the Smith commission, which were unveiled just a few hours ago. Let us be clear: it is a bold package of new powers to give the Scottish Parliament the muscle that it needs to build a fairer society, with opportunity for all.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2014

    18 November 2014

    16:04

    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

    15:40

    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

    15:15

    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

    17:37

    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

    15:44

    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

    17:28

    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

    16:15

    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

    15:36

    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.