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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:

Rail fare rise shows need for public bid says Green MSP

Tue 5 Dec, 2017

Asking rail passengers in Scotland to pay a significant increase in fares is unfair says a Green MSPs who is campaigning for the Scottish Government to now pave the way for a public sector operator.

John Finnie MSP, the Scottish Greens’ transport spokesperson, says it’s wrong to ask rail users, particularly on ScotRail trains, to pay for such a significant increase after recent issues with delayed, cancelled and overcrowded services.

Statistics published today by the Rail Delivery Group show that on average, train fares will increase by 3.4% across the UK from 2 January.

Greer reveals Scot Gov gave £518,595 during 2016/17 to companies involved in the arms trade

Mon 27 Nov, 2017

Ross Greer MSP, External Affairs spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (27 Nov) revealed that Scottish Government agencies have given a total of £518,595 during 2016/17 to companies involved in the arms trade, including those whose equipment has allegedly been used to commit war crimes in Yemen and sold to the Assad regime.

Finnie calls for acceleration of Green Bus Fund

Sun 26 Nov, 2017

John Finnie MSP, transport spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (26 Nov) called on the Scottish Government to accelerate its Green Bus Fund, warning that at the current rate, it will take 76 years to convert the whole fleet to low emissions vehicles. 
So far, only 362 buses out of a 4,300-strong fleet have been “greened”, meaning the vast majority of buses on the road are continuing to contribute to air pollution and public health problems, and climate change emissions.

FMQs: Green MSP raises ScotRail voluntary redundancy issue

Thu 16 Nov, 2017

A Green MSP has raised concerns about the welfare and morale of staff at Scotland’s largest train operator caused by the high number of vacancies, work being undertaken by agency staff and the issuing of voluntary redundancy forms.

Speaking at First Minister’s Questions John Finnie, the party’s transport spokesperson, highlighted how ScotRail has now issued a “Voluntary Leavers’ Scheme”, the third time in the last two years Scotrail has encouraged staff to leave and despite RMT advising that the company has a significant number of vacancies.

Stepping up demands for at least ten per cent of the transport budget to go into walking and cycling

Tue 31 Oct, 2017

Green MSPs today (31 Oct) used a Holyrood debate to step up demands for Scottish Ministers to invest at least ten per cent of the transport budget in walking and cycling, warning that the government is set to fail its own active travel target.

In 2012, Green MSP Alison Johnstone led Holyrood's first debate on cycling, with the parliament agreeing her motion which called on the Scottish Government to place active travel at the heart of the planning system.

Our updated Active Travel policy shows our commitment to making communities safer and healthier

John Finnie MSP Fri 27 Oct, 2017

Last weekend at our autumn conference our members overwhelmingly backed an updated transport policy which aims to enable higher levels of walking and cycling - otherwise known as active travel -  in Scotland. It means we are leading the change towards tackling the rising costs to the NHS of diseases caused by air pollution and inactivity, while also reducing congestion and making our roads safer.

Finnie to lodge Member’s Bill to give children Equal Protection from assault, after securing support from across Holyrood's five parties

Thu 26 Oct, 2017

John Finnie MSP, Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (26 Oct) has earned the right to lodge his Member’s Bill to give children Equal Protection from assault, after securing the signatures of more than 18 MSPs from across Holyrood's five parties.

The formal endorsement follows last week's statement by the Scottish Government that it will work with Mr Finnie to help the bill become law.

Greens welcome government support for Equal Protection bill

Fri 20 Oct, 2017

A Green MSP’s bill to see children being given ‘equal protection from assault’ has received a renewed commitment from the Scottish Government, with a statement saying they “will ensure it becomes law”.

If enacted, John Finnie’s bill will “give children equal protection from assault by prohibiting the physical punishment of children by parents and others caring for or in charge of children”.

Scottish Labour announced earlier this week that it would also support the bill, saying it is “the right thing to do”.