Get the latest from Highlands and Islands MSP John Finnie

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

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:

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.