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Brexit will erode Scotland’s justice system from day one

Thu 30 Jan, 2020

Scotland’s justice system will be downgraded from the moment we leave the European Union, according to Scottish Greens Justice Spokesperson John Finnie MSP.

Speaking at First Minister’s Questions this afternoon Mr Finnie highlighted that, despite assurances from the Home Office, the European Arrest Warrant will not continue to operate as it currently does, with a number of countries including Germany exercising their constitutional obligations not to extradite citizens outwith the EU.

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Climate Activists Not Classed Terrorists by Police Scotland

John Finnie MSP Tue 28 Jan, 2020

Police Scotland have confirmed that Extinction Rebellion and other climate protesters will not automatically be referred to the Prevent scheme for tracking suspected terrorist activities.

Scottish Green justice spokesperson John Finnie MSP wrote to Police Scotland after counter terrorism police in England had issued guidance on Prevent which included a reference to Extinction Rebellion.

In its reply, the police force said unlawful protests were not considered terrorism.

Thousands of cancellations show need for rail investment

Mon 27 Jan, 2020

The Scottish Government must urgently prioritise investment in Scotland’s rail services, according to Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP, who has today revealed figures showing that almost 16,500 ScotRail trains were cancelled in 2019.

Finnie slams offensive Tory Gaelic comments

Thu 23 Jan, 2020

Highlands and Islands Scottish Greens MSP John Finnie has slammed comments from Tory Education Spokesperson Liz Smith MSP, who said that a presumption in favour of teaching primary school children in the Western Isles in Gaelic was, "A deeply troubling step and one that could put children in the Western Isles at a distinct disadvantage to their peers." 

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Greens reveal increase in ScotRail skipping stops

Wed 22 Jan, 2020

Seven ScotRail trains on average skipped stations in Scotland every day in 2019, according to figures obtained by Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP. The data shows that 2,660 ScotRail trains skipped stations in 2019, an increase of more than 500 on the previous year.

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Scotrail service failures show need to put passengers first

Sat 18 Jan, 2020

Figures obtained by the Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP show that Scotrail faced penalties of over £3.3 million in 2019, after almost 5000 service fails were recorded across stations and rolling stock. 



The data from the Service Quality Incentive Regime (SQUIRE) is gathered by Transport Scotland’s inspectors who audit all 355 ScotRail Stations and a minimum of 190-210 trains at least once every four weekly cycle.



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Scottish wetland wildlife at risk warn Scottish Greens

Wed 15 Jan, 2020

Scotland’s wetland wildlife is at risk because of inadequate protection from the Scottish Government, the Scottish Greens have warned.

Wetlands account for 10% of the UK’s biodiversity, including some of the rarest species, but the Scottish Government has insisted they are protected by the Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) designation.

Queensferry crossing commute has become major problem, MSPs warned

Thu 9 Jan, 2020

Commuting into Edinburgh from Fife by car has become “a problem” which can only be solved by better public transport, MSPs have been told.

Speaking to the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee, Ewan Kennedy, Transport and Planning Manager at the City of Edinburgh said traffic has increased to 60,000 cars coming into Scotland’s capital every morning.

With traffic growth going “in the wrong direction”, the congestion and resultant pollution has created “a huge issue” for communities that the A9 passes through, such as Crammond, he said.

Finnie welcomes HIAL resolution

Fri 3 Jan, 2020

Responding to reports that Highlands and Islands Airports Limited and Prospect have reached a resolution in the long running pay dispute, Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP said: 



Greens urge government to reconsider rail fare rise

Thu 2 Jan, 2020

The Scottish Government should reconsider the rail fares rise following another year of delays, cancellations and overcrowding on ScotRail services, according to Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP.



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“It’s wrong to ask passengers to pay significantly increased fares when so many have had to deal with poor services over the last year. Delays, cancellations and overcrowding are experienced by passengers all too often.