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Green MSPs have achieved more in a single budget than the Labour Party has in a decade of opposition

2 February, 2017 - 14:43

"Green MSPs have achieved more in a single budget than the Labour Party has in a decade of opposition," according to Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie, who this afternoon welcomed details of the Scottish Government's offer to increase funding to local councils by £160million.

Scot Gov must get off the fence and rule out ship-to-ship oil transfers in the Moray Firth

12 January, 2017 - 13:23

The Scottish Government must get off the fence and rule out ship-to-ship oil transfers in the environmentally-sensitive Moray Firth, according to the Scottish Greens who today supported a rally on the issue outside Holyrood.

In January last year, Highland Green MSP John Finnie launched a Save Our Dolphins petition against the Cromarty Firth Port Authority's proposal, gathering almost 4,000 signatures.

A three-year campaign by Green MSPs to halt similar plans in the Firth of Forth ended in victory when Forth Ports dropped their proposal in 2008. 

Auditor warns over finances at Scottish Police Authority & Police Scotland

22 December, 2016 - 11:33

John Finnie MSP, Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today highlighted yet another report from the Auditor General warning of weak financial management at the Scottish Police Authority and Police Scotland.

John said:

"It's deeply concerning that this is the third consecutive year that the Auditor General has highlighted serious issues relating to the finances of the Scottish Police Authority and Police Scotland. It's clear that there is a lack of effective financial leadership in these organisations, and this can only add to a loss of public confidence.

Finnie Urges Cap On Cost Of Bus Commutes

11 December, 2016 - 10:30

John Finnie MSP, Transport spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (11 Dec) urged Scottish Ministers to explore capping the cost of bus season tickets after discovering that some commuters are spending up to 17.7 per cent of their income getting from A to B.
Scottish Greens support re-regulation of buses to stop companies cherry-picking profitable routes. Greens also want to see free bus passes extended to unpaid carers.

Rail passengers deserve action to improve the current dismal situation

23 November, 2016 - 09:56

John Finnie MSP, Transport spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, will today (Wed 23 Nov) urge under-fire Transport Minister Humza Yousaf to improve compensation for rail passengers experiencing poor service.

Scotrail operator Abellio has been forced to produce a performance improvement plan by Transport Scotland and the Transport Minister is due to make a statement to Parliament this afternoon.

We must prevent police withdrawal from communities

7 November, 2016 - 10:36

John Finnie MSP,  Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, has today (7 Nov) written to the Chief Constable after it emerged that dozens of police stations are under threat of closure. 

Buildings in 58 locations are being reviewed.

Details have emerged in response to a Freedom of Information request from BBC Scotland.

John Finnie, Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for the Highlands and Islands, said:

By supporting arms trade enterprise agencies are squandering vital funds

1 November, 2016 - 10:40

John Finnie MSP, Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (1 Nov) hit out at the Scottish Government and its development agencies after uncovering an £18.5million package of support for the arms trade.

In response to a Parliamentary Question from Mr Finnie, asking for details of public funds supporting development, manufacture or marketing in the arms trade, Economy Secretary Keith Brown revealed that over the last ten years Scottish Enterprise has handed out £15.1million and Highlands and Islands Enterprise £3.4million.

Greens to work with other parties to scrap football Act

31 October, 2016 - 15:39

The Scottish Greens will work with other Holyrood parties to repeal the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act as quickly as possible.

Patrick Harvie, the Scottish Greens’ co-convener reinforced the party’s commitment to repealing the Act during his speech to conference last weekend.
The Greens’ justice spokesperson John Finnie outlined how it is wrong to take on wider issues in society by “only targeting people who are football fans”.

Finnie: UK’s UN failure leaves no British option to scrap trident

28 October, 2016 - 14:26

A British road to nuclear disarmament “no longer exists” says a Green MSP, after the United Kingdom refused to join with 123 nations at the United Nations to hold a global summit to abolish nuclear weapons.

Green MSP John Finnie has also urged Jeremy Corbyn supporters in Scotland to back scrapping Trident via independence, calling it the “only realistic prospect” of removing nuclear weapons from Britain.

Victims of rape should not face public exposure of their sexual history

27 October, 2016 - 12:52

The Scottish Greens’ Justice spokesperson, John Finnie MSP, has called on the Scottish Government to investigate whether current laws are sufficient to prevent defence lawyers using rape victims’ sexual history against them in court.


Introducing a complainant’s sexual history as evidence was, in theory, banned in most cases by the 2002 Sexual  Offences (Procedure and Evidence) Act. But in the first three months of this year, there were 57 applications to use sexual history evidence, of which only 9 were refused. Prosecutors only opposed 6 of the applications.