Category Archives: Alison McInnes

Alison McInnes: Scots law is not safe in the hands of the SNP

As the Scottish Parliament continues to debate the removal of corroboration from our legal system, I thought it would be a good idea to publish Alison McInnes MSP’s speech to Scottish Liberal Democrat conference in September which gives a good … Continue reading

Posted in Alison McInnes, corroboration, Justice | Leave a comment

McInnes: The beginning of the end for local justice

I asked this morning if North East Fife MSP Rod Campbell would put constituency over party over court closures. Sadly, we now know the answer. He, like his SNP colleagues and John Finnie who is technically an independent voted down … Continue reading

Posted in Alison McInnes, court closures | Leave a comment

Liberal Democrat McInnes’ loses bid to secure prisoners a vote in the independence referendum

Scotland’s referendum on independence next year is, we hope, a once in a lifetime event. If Scotland votes for independence, there is no going back. It’s a huge decision. We know from Alex Salmond’s tussle with some UK Supreme Court … Continue reading

Posted in Alison McInnes, Independence Referendum, Justice, prisoners voting | Leave a comment

My speech to Conference: MacAskill should show compassion to all prisoners, not just one

There are few things in life that I’m angrier about than the SNP Government’s shameful treatment of women in prison which I’ve written about several times. The issue of reducing crime through effective rehabilitation was debated at Conference. When the … Continue reading

Posted in Alison McInnes, Cornton Vale, Robert Brown, Willie Rennie | Leave a comment

A Bill so bad that even authoritarian Labour can’t support it……

Well, the SNP Government’s bill to tackle sectarianism really can’t have much going for it. The Scottish Liberal Democrats and Greens opposed it from the start, even before the measure attracted criticism from across Scottish civic society. I thought it … Continue reading

Posted in Alex Salmond, Alison McInnes, Sectarianism, SNP | 2 Comments

Alison McInnes: Kenny MacAskill must stop dodging responsibility for Cornton Vale

Phone hacking and News International are both terrible things, and they have, understandably, dominated the headlines over the past couple of weeks. However, there’s another scandal in Scotland – that of the appalling conditions endured by prisoners at Scotland’s only … Continue reading

Posted in Alison McInnes, Cornton Vale | 2 Comments

>Don’t rush sectarian bill – Lib Dem Alison McInnes

>Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes has warned of the dangers of rushing to pass Alex Salmond’s anti-sectarianism bill without giving proper time for scrutiny. The SNP Government wants it to become law by the time the football season starts … Continue reading

Posted in Alison McInnes, Holyrood, Sectarianism | 1 Comment