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It's time for bus reregulation and a public transport system run for everyone

John Finnie MSP Fri 16 Feb, 2018

“A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use public transport.” This famous quote from Enrique Penalosa, former Mayor of Bogotá in Colombia, is a bumper sticker we should be paying a bit more attention to.

Bus services are one of the biggest issues for hundreds of thousands of people in every corner of this country and it is exactly the kind of issue that MSPs’ constituents expect us to get to grips with.

Finnie & Ruskell urge economic agencies to step up efforts in light of BiFab jobs warning

Tue 13 Feb, 2018

Scottish Green MSPs John Finnie and Mark Ruskell have today (13 Feb) written to the government's economic development agencies urging them to step up efforts to secure new orders in light of warnings that the BiFab marine engineering yards in Fife and on Lewis could close by the end of June.

The Unite union says it expects 260 jobs to go, with redundancies beginning in May, and that it has been told that the decision will only be reversed if new contracts for work are signed.

Finnie reveals ScotRail failures on stop-skipping, shortened services & toilet audits

Wed 7 Feb, 2018

Scottish Greens Transport spokesperson John Finnie MSP can today (7 Feb 2018) reveal a series of “unacceptable” ScotRail performance failures which he says demonstrates the need for Scotland’s railways to be taken into public hands as soon as possible.

Mr Finnie’s enquires have revealed that:
* 5,968 trains were subject to stop-skipping in 2017 [1]
* Nearly 500,000 seats were planned but not provided [2]
* 22% of train toilet audits failed [3] throughout the year

Mr Finnie said: 

ScotRail contract encourages stop skipping says Finnie

Tue 30 Jan, 2018

Green transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP is calling on the Scottish Government to crack down on the practice of stop skipping following the release of figures showing an average of 20 services per day skip stops.

Finnie made the call on a day when a survey published by Transport Focus showed a dip in passenger satisfaction with ScotRail.

We support repeal of Offensive Behaviour at Football Act & urge clubs to look at strict liability model

Thu 25 Jan, 2018

Ahead of this afternoon's Stage One vote on the repeal of the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act, Green MSPs are urging football clubs to look again at the strict liability model which applies elsewhere in Europe.

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

Finnie urges protection for officers and staff who have raised concerns about Chief Constable

Wed 10 Jan, 2018

John Finnie MSP, Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (10 Jan) urged Scottish Ministers to ensure protection for the police officers and staff who have raised concerns about Chief Constable Phil Gormley, who remains on special leave while allegations of gross misconduct are investigated.

Mr Finnie welcomed today's statement from the Justice Secretary clarifying recent events.

John said:

Finnie says lessons must be learned amid surge in cases of flu and A&E waiting times rise

Tue 9 Jan, 2018

Scottish Green MSP John Finnie today (9 Jan) said lessons must be learned amid a surge in cases of flu and as Accident & Emergency departments record their worst performance against a key waiting target since weekly reporting began.

Figures for the week ending December 31 show that 78 per cent of patients were seen within four hours, well below the Scottish Government's 95 per cent target and the 92.5 per cent recorded a year ago.

John Finnie MSP said:

Finnie hails amendment to Forestry Bill ensuring funds raised are reinvested in forestry

Thu 28 Dec, 2017

Scottish Greens Rural Communities spokesperson John Finnie MSP is hailing an amendment to the Forestry Bill which will ensure that all funds raised by the National Forestry Estate (NFE) in the disposal of any of its property are reinvested in forestry rather than be spent on other government portfolio areas as is currently the case.


Mr Finnie moved the amendment as a Member of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee which is the lead committee scrutinising the bill.


Another American businessman is aiming to build a golf course on another protected area in Scotland

John Finnie MSP Fri 8 Dec, 2017

Coul Links, on the south side of Loch Fleet in East Sutherland, is one of the last areas of undisturbed species rich duneland in Scotland. RSPB Scotland describes it as “a mosaic of different dune habitats, each individually important and all increasingly rare.”

Finnie urges devolution of resources to deliver genuine local policing

Wed 6 Dec, 2017

Speaking in today's Holyrood debate on Police Scotland, John Finnie MSP, Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, urged "devolution of resources, including finance, to deliver genuine local policing."

The Green MSPs rejected the debate motion put forward by the Lib Dems, with Mr Finnie criticising Willie Rennie's party for its "overt attack" on Police Scotland's structure and strategy.

John, who served as a police officer for 30 years, said: