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Scottish Government fails to identify crofting climate implications

Tue 10 Sep, 2019

The Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy failed to identify any implications for crofting of the climate emergency. 

Following her declaration of a climate emergency in April, the First Minister indicated that the Scottish Government would review all its policies, yet under questioning from Scottish Greens Rural and Island Communities Spokesperson John Finnie MSP, Mr Ewing failed to identify any issues in relation to crofting. 

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Greens seek review of use of criminal immunity in wake of Allan Marshall case

Fri 6 Sep, 2019

Scottish Greens justice spokesperson John Finnie MSP has asked the Lord Advocate, James Wolffe, to clarify the use of criminal immunity in Scotland.

The former police officer has written to the senior Scottish Law Officer in the wake of scathing criticism by Sheriff Liddle, who presided in the Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) into the death of Allan Marshall in Saughton Prison.

Prison officers in that FAI were granted criminal immunity by the Crown.

Scot Gov must keep Ferguson yard in public ownership

Tue 3 Sep, 2019

Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP has called on the Scottish Government to keep the Ferguson Marine yard in public ownership to ensure that the two ferries currently being built there are completed, and that the aging public ferry fleet can be replaced.

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Programme for government lacking in ambition on transport 

Tue 3 Sep, 2019

The Programme for government announced by the First Minister this afternoon is severely lacking in ambition when it comes to tackling rising transport emissions according to the Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP. 

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John to retire at next election

Tue 27 Aug, 2019

Highlands and Islands Green MSP John Finnie has today (27th Aug) announced that he will retire at the next Scottish Parliament election.

The Scottish Greens have begun selecting candidates for the election in 2021 and Mr Finnie, who was first elected to represent the Highlands and Islands in 2011 and subsequently re-elected in 2016, has indicated that he will not seek a further term.

Speaking of his decision, Mr Finnie said:

Urgent action required to tackle drugs emergency say Greens

Tue 16 Jul, 2019

Both the Scottish and UK Governments must take urgent action to tackle Scotland’s drugs death emergency following new figures [1], which revealed there were 1,187 drug deaths in 2018 according to Scottish Greens MSP John Finnie. 

The figures represent a 27% increase of the 2017, which were themselves record setting, and mean Scotland continues to have the highest rate of drugs deaths in Europe.

John Finnie MSP said:

Scotland's drug deaths are a national emergency

John Finnie MSP Tue 16 Jul, 2019

It is shocking to see Scotland with the one of the worst drug death rates in the world.

From tackling heroin and the AIDS threat in the 1990s to minimum unit pricing on alcohol, Scotland has a track record in harm reduction, which prioritises the health and safety of our people over moral judgement.

It's needed now more than ever.

We have seen London take an interest in Scotland’s approach to knife crime. Hopefully now the UK Government will take notice of progressive thinking on drugs policy, but I have my doubts.

Finnie hails better buses win

Wed 12 Jun, 2019

The Scottish Parliament has voted to allow local councils to run their own bus services, a move that will transform public transport provision across the country according to the Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP. 

Local authorities had previously been forbidden from running most routes thanks to Thatcher era legislation. 

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Greens slam government for backing arms companies

Wed 5 Jun, 2019

Scottish Greens Rural Communities Spokesperson John Finnie MSP has slammed the Scottish Government after it failed to back proposals to prohibit the new South of Scotland Enterprise Agency from funding munitions.

The SNP, Tories, Labour and the Lib Dems today voted against a Green amendment to prohibit the new agency investing in munitions.

Green MSPs have repeatedly raised concerns about Scotland’s enterprise agencies funding the arms industry, with grants to operators such as multinational Raytheon, who supply weapons used by Saudi Arabia on its war in Yemen.

Transport Bill: Greens call for locally controlled bus services

Wed 5 Jun, 2019

Allowing local authorities to run bus services could transform public transport provision across the country according to the Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP.

The Scottish Parliament’s Connectivity Committee will begin debating stage two amendments to the Bill today (5 Jun) and Mr Finnie will move his proposal to empower councils to run services in their own areas.