JOHN FINNIE (MSP until April 2021)
Highlands and Islands
Justice, Transport & Tourism, Rural & Island Communities
John is a former police officer and has been a Highlands and Islands MSP since 2011. He is a member of Holyrood's Justice and Rural Economy committees. He successfully campaigned against deploying armed police to routine incidents, work for which he was awarded “Community Politician of the Year 2014”. He has campaigned against cuts to local education and medical services, police control rooms and Citizen’s Advice Bureaux and for public ownership of Calmac Ferries and the railways. He has also pushed for ethical investment of public funds and against ship to ship oil transfers of oil in the Moray Firth.
PIPPA HADLEY Cllr
Badenoch and Strathspey
Pippa Hadley is a single working mum living in Badenoch and Strathspey. She was elected to serve her ward as a Local Councillor in 2017, and has since been appointed by the council to sit as a representative member on the Board and Planning Committee of the Cairngorm National Park Authority. She also sits on the South Applications Planning Committee within the Council and is keen to see how the coming planning reform promotes local democracy within these roles. Campaigning locally for 'Better Buses'.
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Steve Sankey Cllr
Orkney Islands Council
East Mainland, South Ronaldsay and Burray
Steve has lived on South Ronaldsay in Orkney for 18 years with his wife Sarah and son Sami, after re-locating from Edinburgh to start a family and begin two small businesses: Gerraquoy Organic Farm and Orcadian Wildlife. In May 2017 he was elected to Orkney Islands Council, and was the first mainstream political party candidate ever to be elected there – all other 20 Councillors are Independent. Steve now sits on over 20 committees, and for example is Vice-Chairman of the Orkney Health and Care Committee, and a voting member of the Integration Joint Board. Successes to date with the help of Parliamentary colleagues have included winning an extra £5.5 million for fair-ferry funding for Orkney; persuading OIC to adopt the UN Principles of Responsible Investment for its Pension Fund; and succeeding in the appointment of a Climate Change Officer within Orkney Islands Council.
Steve was also instrumental in the declaration of a Climate Change Emergency by Orkney Islands Council in May 2019, and is looking forward to being closely involved in agreeing exactly what detailed carbon-reduction actions this might generate in the immediate future.
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