An Aberdeenshire politician has received her OBE at an investiture at Buckingham Palace.
Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for North East Scotland, Alison McInnes, was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s birthday honours list in June for her services to the public and politics.
After receiving the decoration from the Queen last week, 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.
“I have really appreciated all the kind comments I have received since the Queen’s birthday honours list was announced.
“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.”
A councillor for 15 years prior to entering parliament, Mrs McInnes was first elected to Gordon District Council in 1992.
She went on to represent Ellon and District on Aberdeenshire Council between 1995 and 2007, becoming one of the most senior councillors in the region.
During this time Mrs McInnes chaired the council’s infrastructure services committee and Nestrans (North East Regional Transport Partnership).
The MSP has held positions including a non-executive director with Scottish Enterprise and a role on the North Sea Commission, chairing the body’s sustainable development group.
She is the Scottish party’s spokesperson on justice and health.