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Sir Malcolm Bruce visits Fraerburgh Harbour Master

Sir Malcolm Bruce MP and Ann Bell MBE are shown developments at Fraserburgh Harbour

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Recent updates

  • Article: Oct 1, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats said today that a significant u-turn from Police Scotland over its policy on armed police is a win for local communities.

    A statement released today by Police Scotland said that armed police officers would no longer be deployed on routine duties.

    Commenting, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said: "After sustained pressure from the Scottish Liberal Democrats I am delighted that Police Scotland has made the right decision and will no longer deploy firearms officers on routine duties. This u-turn is a win for the many local communities across Scotland who were alarmed by this undemocratic and fundamental change in policing approach.

  • Article: Oct 1, 2014

    Reflecting on the referendum

    It was straight back to business as the Scottish Parliament returned just four days after the referendum result was announced. Last Wednesday I spoke for the Liberal Democrats in the Chamber about the campaign, the result and what it means for the future of our country.

    With a turnout of 85 per cent, it was a victory for democracy. There was an appetite to be involved and people realised their vote counted. This was no dry constitutional debate; it enlivened people around the country. I have certainly never seen anything like it in my twenty or so years of being involved in politics and I hope we can sustain the energy and interest that this debate sparked.

  • Article: Sep 30, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes has said that reports that firearms carried by police officers in Scotland are expected to be covered with a more discreet holster shows a fundamental misunderstanding of concerns over the arming of police.

    In response to the reports, Alison McInnes MSP commented: "This shows a fundamental misunderstanding of concerns over the arming of police. New holsters will do nothing to assuage the fears within local communities.

  • Article: Sep 30, 2014

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes is encouraging young people to consider standing for the Scottish Youth Parliament.

    Nominations for prospective youth parliament candidates opened this week. Nominations are open to anyone aged 14-25 and the closing date for lodging nominations is 31 October at 5pm, with elections taking place from 2 - 13 March 2015. 

  • Article: Sep 26, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today said that Police Scotland's controversial policy on armed policing is becoming increasingly untenable amidst mounting local opposition. A policy paper by COSLA was agreed today by its members which criticised Police Scotland's failure to engage with local concerns and raised concerns about the lack of clarity over operational independence.  

  • Article: Sep 25, 2014

    Inspiring social action projects that support unpaid family carers will be helped to grow through a new fund worth up to £1 million.

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    The Carers Social Action Support Fund is accepting applications up to 22 October from organisations with plans to expand or develop ambitious social action projects that will help to improve the lives of carers. These are individuals who look after, unpaid, a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.

    How to apply

    Download the application form and send your completed form to satcorrespondence@cabinet-office.gsi.gov.uk by midday on Wednesday 22 October.

    Minister for Civil Society Brooks Newmark said:

    There are 5.4 million carers in England and 1 in 3 of us will become a carer at some point in our lives.

    The new Carers Social Action Support Fund will enable organisations to harness the power of social action to support people who carry out this incredibly important role.

    I urge relevant organisations looking to build on, or adapt, inspiring social action projects for carers to apply.

    The Carers Social Action Support Fund is open to applications from the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, public bodies and businesses either with a social mission or a clear objective in their corporate social responsibility policy towards increasing social action, or involved in the delivery of public service.

    Organisations should have a strong track record of reaching and creating positive impact for carers; enthusiasm for measuring the impact of their services; and have the capacity to quickly build upon existing services.

    Further information

    The Centre for Social Action is a collaboration between the Cabinet Office and Nesta, the UK's innovation foundation, to support the growth of programmes that encourage people to make positive change through social action.

    The fund will be administered by the Social Investment Business on behalf of the Cabinet Office

  • Article: Sep 25, 2014

    24 September 2014

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    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: Sep 24, 2014

    Do you have an invention just waiting to be discovered? Or an idea you can't wait to share? Design for Life, our brand new competition with Irwin Mitchell, is looking for your brightest spark!

    Irwin Mitchell want to hear about an innovative product idea or solution that will help disabled people to live independently and improve their quality of life. It should allow those living with a disability to overcome a day-to-day problem and could help with anything from personal care to hobbies and household chores.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2014

    Transport for London (TfL) will be making major changes to the way in which tickets are sold at London Underground stations as part of their vision for the future of the tube.

    As the independent body representing passengers, London TravelWatch wants to understand how you buy your tickets at the moment. This will help inform our response to London Underground about their proposals.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2014

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today welcome improvements to the post office in New Pitsligo.

    Currently the service at the Drummond Stores in the High Street is operated as an outreach facility from Buckie post office. However from 17 October this will change to a new-style local branch with longer opening hours.