OBE honour leaves North East MSP delighted

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North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes is “surprised and delighted” to have been included in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Mrs McInnes has been made an OBE for her services to the public and politics.

She said: “I am really proud to have been able to help constituents over the past 21 years, first as a councillor and now as an MSP. I really enjoy the work, and there are lots of things to do. It is a privilege to be able to speak up for those whose voice is not being listened to. Much of the work is behind the scenes, and has included leading and shaping the North East regional transport strategy, and ensuring that projects such as Oldmeldrum’s new academy and a re-opened Kintore railway station come about.

“When I started out as a young mother combining parenting with voluntary work, I never imagined making it on to the Honours list. It was a great surprise. I am delighted.”

Originally from Irvine, she settled in the North East and has lived in Ellon for 30 years.

Mrs McInnes became actively involved in politics in the early 1990s, and was elected to Gordon District Council in 1992, going on to serve as a councillor on Aberdeenshire Council from 1995 – 2007, representing Ellon and District. During that time she became one of Aberdeenshire’s most senior councillors, chairing its Infrastructure Services Committee for eight years. She also chaired Nestrans - the North East Scotland Regional Transport Partnership.

A keen European, for many years she played a key role in the North Sea Commission, as chair of its sustainable development group.

In 2007 Mrs McInnes was first elected to the Scottish Parliament for the North East region. She became the Liberal Democrats’ spokesperson for transport, local government and climate change. As a member of the transport, infrastructure and climate change committee, she played a key role in the passing of the world-leading Climate Change (Scotland) Act.

Currently she is the Liberal Democrats’ business manager and spokesperson on justice. In that role Mrs McInnes has led several campaigns, including arguing for the retention of Scotland’s police forces, objecting to the closure of local courts, and promoting prison reform.

Mrs McInnes has a keen interest in bringing about social change and was delighted to be made a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Advancement of Arts in 2008. She is a Council Member of Justice Scotland.