North- eas MSP receives OBE from Queen at Palace

Alison with the OBE
Alison with the OBE

A North- East MSP and former Aberdeenshire Councillor has been awarded the OBE by the Queen for her services to politics.

Liberal Democrat Alison McInnes received the honour from the Monarch on Thursday, October 30 at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace.

Mrs McInnes was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s birthday honours list in June for her services to the public and politics.

After receiving the decoration from the Queen, Mrs McInnes said: “I was delighted to be made an OBE and it is an honour to come to Buckingham Palace to collect the medal today.

“I have really appreciated all the kind comments I have received since the Queen’s birthday honours list was announced.

Mrs McInnes served as an Aberdeenshire Councillor for Ythan until the 2007 Holyrood election which saw her selected as a list MSP for the North- east.

Originally from Irvine, Ayrshire, McInnes attended Irvine Royal Academy and McLaren High School, Callendar before studying at the University of Glasgow.

She has lived in Ellon with her husband for over 25 years.

After collecting the award she paid tribute to people in the North- east: “Of course, I owe a great deal to the people of the North- east who have elected me to represent them over the last 21 years. It has been a real privilege to be able to help my constituents and stand up for the North- east, first as a councillor and, since 2007, as a MSP.”