MSP portfolios confirmed
Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens - now the fourth largest party in Holyrood - today (23 May) confirmed the portfolio responsibilities of the six-strong group of Green MSPs as the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament prepares for its first full week of formal business.
"The Green group has a great mix of expertise from people who have strong track records inside and outside of parliament. There are clear opportunities for us in this session, with a minority government, to push for bolder action on a range of issues that matter to communities across Scotland.
"We will continue to benefit from John Finnie's lengthy experience in policing and as a campaigner on justice and rural connectivity issues. Scotland's youngest MSP, Ross Greer, who helped lead the campaign for votes at 16, brings a fresh outlook on the vital issues of Europe and educational attainment.
"My colleague from the last session, Alison Johnstone, commands respect on topics such as preventative health spending and access to sport and will be a progressive voice as Scotland shapes its own social security system. Returning MSP Mark Ruskell will have a pivotal role in holding Scottish Ministers to account on the failed climate targets, the need for a fracking ban and support for Scotland's neglected farming sector.
"And with the long-running issues of local government funding and land reform certain to be revisited in this session of parliament, I'm delighted that Andy Wightman will bring his considerable knowledge and tenacity to the Holyrood chamber. The Green MSP team is ready to engage constructively to bring about bolder legislation and fairer budget priorities for a better Scotland."
The Green group portfolios are as follows:
John Finnie MSP (Highlands & Islands):
Rural & Island Communities
Ross Greer MSP (West of Scotland):
International Development & External Affairs
Education & Skills
Culture & Media
Patrick Harvie MSP (Glasgow):
Finance, Economy, Fair Work
Alison Johnstone MSP (Lothian):
Health & Sport
Children & Young People
Mark Ruskell MSP (Mid Scotland and Fife):
Climate, Energy, Environment
Food & Farming
Andy Wightman MSP (Lothian):
Communities (including Housing)