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Finnie Challenges Minister Over Ferry Contract

Tue 29 May, 2018

Scottish Greens transport spokesperson John Finnie MSP today (29 May) challenged Scottish Ministers to overhaul their "opportunistic" attitude toward ferry services between Orkney, Shetland and the Scottish mainland.

Mr Finnie, a Highlands and Islands MSP, has written to Transport Minister Humza Yousaf following last week's announcement from the Scottish Government that it will put the Northern Isles ferry services out to commercial tender, rather than bringing them into the public sector.

Minister urged by Greens to stop salmon farm expansion

Wed 9 May, 2018

The rural economy minister is under pressure from the Scottish Greens to put a moratorium in place on fish farm expansion in Scotland.

Local economies on track for a boost thanks to Local Rail Development Fund, a Green budget win

Mon 7 May, 2018

Local economies across Scotland are on track for a boost thanks to a new £2 million Local Rail Development Fund set up during the Scottish Greens' negotiations with the Scottish Government over the 2018-19 budget.

The fund is open for bids until Friday 8 June, with community groups, local councils and transport partnerships able to apply for funding to help them progress the business cases for new stations and lines.

We can’t yet abolish the monarchy ... but we can tackle poverty

John Finnie MSP Fri 27 Apr, 2018

My Green colleague Patrick Harvie got it spot on when he called out the excessive “fawning over privilege” by some politicians about the birth of William and Kate Windsor’s third child.

In case you missed it, Patrick’s amendment to a Tory motion, that was in awe of the royal couple and their new baby, received quite a bit of media attention. In it, Patrick rightly congratulated the parents of the thousands of children born in the UK on the same day while highlighting that 30% of the babies will be born into poverty.

Finnie raises major disruption to CalMac services with Minister for Transport and Islands

Tue 24 Apr, 2018

John Finnie MSP, Scottish Greens Transport and Islands spokesperson, this afternoon (24/04/2018) raised major disruption to CalMac services with the Minister for Transport and Islands at Topical Questions, following reports that serious disruption is expected on the network until the end of May. 

Mr Finnie revealed figures showing that there were 3,852 cancellations on Calmac services in the last five years, caused as a result of mechanical failure. 

We welcome deal to save BiFab marine engineering yards in Fife and on Lewis

Tue 17 Apr, 2018

Scottish Green MSPs today (17 Apr) welcomed a deal to save the closure-threatened engineering firm BiFab, which employs hundreds of people at marine engineering yards at Methil and Burntisland in Fife and at Arnish on Lewis.

DF Barnes, a subsidiary of Canadian company JV Driver, is to acquire BiFab, with the Scottish Government taking a minority shareholding.

Mark Ruskell, Energy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Mid-Scotland & Fife, said:

Finnie Calls for ScotRail to Ensure Safety of Staff and Passengers

Thu 5 Apr, 2018

John Finnie MSP, Transport Spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (5 April 2018) called on ScotRail to ensure the safety of its staff and passengers is the number one priority, following reports that the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) are to strike.

Our MSPs will bring a vote in Parliament to ensure legally-binding target to reverse decline in bus use

Mon 26 Mar, 2018

Scottish Green MSPs will this week (Wed 28 Mar) bring a vote in the Scottish Parliament to ensure that the forthcoming Transport Bill contains a legally-binding target to reverse the decline in bus use.

Repeal of Offensive Behaviour at Football Act should prompt clubs to look at strict liability

Thu 15 Mar, 2018

Ahead of this afternoon's (15 Mar) final vote on the repeal of the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act, Scottish 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:

"It's clearer than ever that the Act has not been an effective way to address sectarianism. Many of the activities it aimed to tackle are already covered by other legislation.

Finnie welcomes news divestment will be discussed by MSP pension managers

Thu 8 Mar, 2018

John Finnie MSP, Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (8 Mar) welcomed confirmation from the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body that divestment will be part of forthcoming discussions by MSP pension fund managers.