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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”.

FMQs: SNP asked to explain environmental court snub

Thu 5 Oct, 2017

The government’s green credentials were called into question again today when the First Minister was asked to reconsider her government’s position against creating a specialist environmental court, or tribunal, when the UK leaves the European Union.

Forget air tax cuts, let's invest in the public transport we all use

John Finnie MSP Fri 29 Sep, 2017

Rail passengers in Scotland will see another rise in regulated rail fares from January next year, this time by 3.6%. So when I heard that the Scottish Government was to announce a transport policy aimed at reducing fares, I thought great! Only, this wasn’t for public transport, but airline tickets.

Transport Scotland report highlights policy mistakes say Greens

Tue 26 Sep, 2017

The government’s latest Transport and Travel in Scotland report shows the need for ministers to “step up investment” in public transport say the Greens.

Scottish Greens’ transport spokesperson John Finnie also says the government needs to “get real” on its transport policy and begin a shift away from investing in the most polluting forms of transport.

Programme for Government shows Green influence but ministers must go further to make Scotland fairer

Tue 5 Sep, 2017

Scottish Green MSPs said today's Programme for Government, outlined by the First Minister in Parliament, showed the benefit of Green influence but warned that ministers must be prepared to go further to make Scotland fairer.

Nicola Sturgeon announced that her government will support a raft of Green policies, including:

A Green Programme for Government: Make Scotland Fairer, Create a Clean Economy

Sun 3 Sep, 2017

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, today (3 Sep) laid down a challenge to the SNP Scottish Government and Holyrood's other parties by outlining an alternative Green Programme for Government ahead of this week's return to parliamentary business.

Overwhelming Support For Child Protection Proposal

Thu 24 Aug, 2017

John Finnie MSP, Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (24 Aug) welcomed the overwhelming support for his proposed Member’s Bill to give children Equal Protection from assault.

Tory MP condemned by Green MSP for gypsy travellers comments

Wed 23 Aug, 2017

John Finnie MSP, Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (23 Aug) condemned comments by Tory MP Douglas Ross.

In an online interview, Mr Ross is asked what he would do if he were Prime Minister for a day, to which he replies: "Tougher enforcement against gypsy travellers."

It follows condemnation of the Tories by the Greens earlier this week after two Conservative councillors suspended for online abuse and racist comments were readmitted to Ruth Davidson's party.