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  • Article: Jun 27, 2014

    Thursday 26 June

    16:09

    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

    12:35

    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

    15:39

    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

    15:38

    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

    17:04

    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

    17:52

    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:

  • Article: May 14, 2014

    Thursday 8 May 2014

    16:12

    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD):

    I am pleased to participate in the debate to highlight the importance of the life sciences sector to the Scottish economy and the contribution that it is already making to improving health here and abroad.

    Scotland's track record in life sciences stretches back to when the discipline was first established: King's College in Aberdeen was the world's first medical school. Throughout the centuries since, we have enhanced our collective scientific understanding and pioneered many of the greatest advances, from the use of anaesthesia to the remarkable creation of Dolly the sheep.

  • Article: Apr 7, 2014

    Friday 28 March

    Good morning conference.

    I would like to add my own welcome to that of Councillor Ian Yuill.

    I am proud to have represented Aberdeen and the North East region at Holyrood for the last seven years, and my nearby home town of Ellon before that as a councillor.

    Throughout this time, it has been a pleasure to work alongside a strong local team of Liberal Democrats. Each of us driven by the aspiration to make a difference to our communities. Focused on highlighting the needs and interests of local people. Together, we have succeeded in delivering a great deal for this region.

  • Article: Apr 3, 2014

    2 April 2014

    The Deputy Presiding Officer (John Scott):

    The next item of business is a debate on motion S4M-09557, in the name of Alison McInnes, on stop and search.

    14:40

    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD):

    It is a privilege to open the debate on behalf of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

    Yesterday marked the first anniversary of Police Scotland and the abolition of Scotland's eight regional forces. As members will be aware, we opposed the creation of the single force, because we feared that it was based upon deficient legislation, that savings claims were unproven and that it would lead to a one-size-fits-all approach to policing in our local communities.

  • Article: Mar 19, 2014

    Tuesday 18 March

    15:32

    Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD):

    I add my thanks to the four committees for the commentary that they have provided on their scrutiny of the third national planning framework draft document. The framework lays the foundations on which we can protect and enhance the quality of our natural and built environments. It is an opportunity to highlight key national priorities and to define how planning can contribute to securing sustainable economic growth. It also informs private and public investment decisions.