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John Finnie to lead Scottish Parliament debate on ship to ship oil transfers

22 March, 2017 - 10:13

Green MSP for the Highlands and Islands, John Finnie, will tonight (22 March) lead a Scottish Parliament debate on ship to ship oil transfers.
 
Mr Finnie, who joined campaigners from the Cromarty Rising campaign group at the Public Petitions Committee last week, has been campaigning against the proposals to allow ship to ship oil transfers to take place in the Cromarty/Moray Firths since last year. 

A parliamentary motion (1) submitted by Finnie has received the necessary cross party to allow it to proceed to the chamber as a member’s business debate. 

Climate Plan shows Scot Gov have given up on walking & cycling, and reducing pollution from farming

10 March, 2017 - 09:12

Scottish Green MSPs say that the draft Climate Plan published by the Scottish Government shows that ministers have given up on key issues such as increasing walking and cycling, and reducing pollution from farming. Four Holyrood committees have today (10 March) published reports criticising the draft plan.

Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP, a member of Holyrood's Environment Committee, said:

John Comments on Audit Report on Failed Police IT System

John Finnie MSP Thu 9 Mar

John Finnie MSP, Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (9 March) commented on the "sorry affair" of the failed national IT system for Police Scotland, after Audit Scotland said the project leaves an urgent need to deliver improvements.

Audit Scotland says the i6 project collapsed due to a loss of trust between those involved.

John Finnie MSP said:

Report could "pave the way" for the retention of an autonomous Highlands & Islands Enterprise

23 February, 2017 - 16:53

John Finnie MSP, Rural & Island Communities spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (23 Feb) gave a cautious welcome to a report which he said could "pave the way" for the retention of an autonomous Highlands & Islands Enterprise.

The report, by Professor Lorne Crerar, into a new strategic board covering Scotland's enterprise agencies recommends replacing existing agency boards with repurposed Delivery Boards with smaller memberships and more focussed remits.   

John Finnie, Scottish Green MSP for the Highlands & Islands, said:

Transport stats show lack of support for public transport

22 February, 2017 - 16:33

Statistics by Transport Scotland published today illustrate how the Scottish Government has neglected supporting public transport in favour of car travel say the Scottish Greens.

Scottish Transport Statistics also reveals decline in bus use throughout Scotland.

John Finnie MSP, the Scottish Greens’ transport spokesperson, said:

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.