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Highland Council Hopeful Closes Scottish Green Party Conference

October 23rd, 2016

The Scottish Greens’ autumn conference came to a close today with an upbeat speech from the co-convener of the Highlands and Islands branch.

Isla O’Reilly from Inverness, who is standing in next year’s council election, told Green members at the …

Heathrow Expansion: Finnie says Scot Gov Position is Flawed

October 10th, 2016

Responding to news that the Scottish Government is backing the expansion of London Heathrow airport, John Finnie MSP, Transport and Rural Economy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:

“Expansion of hugely-polluting aviation can only be a disaster for the climate, …

Greens Reveal Prospective Candidates for Orkney Elections

October 9th, 2016

The Highlands and Islands Green Party confirmed last week that two prospective candidates in Orkney will be striving to green-up Orkney Islands Council in next May’s local authority elections.

They are Steve Sankey of Gerraquoy Organic Farm in Grimness, South …

Government Pressed by Greens to Deal with Clair Oil Spill

October 4th, 2016

Strategies for dealing with oil leaks were raised at Holyrood today with a Green MSP seeking assurances on the proposed future practice of ship-to-ship oil transfers.

In light of the leak from BP’s Clair platform, west of Shetland, John Finnie …

Tagging Sentences Expansion Given Green Backing

October 4th, 2016

Plans by the Scottish Government to continue to expand the use of electronic tags in sentencing have been broadly welcomed by the Greens because of the party’s support for a “presumption against short sentences”.

Scottish Greens’ justice spokesperson, John Finnie …

Holyrood Celebrates Skye Community Group

September 29th, 2016

Green MSP John Finnie has congratulated Broadford and Strath Community Company on winning £5,000 in Lottery funding for events to bring the community together and celebrate the culture of Skye.

The grant comes from the Big Lottery Fund’s Celebrate programme, …

Holyrood Celebrates Argyll Community Groups

September 29th, 2016

Green MSP John Finnie has congratulated Mid Argyll Youth Development Services and Tarbert Youth Group on winning over £8,000 in Lottery funding between them for events to celebrate their local communities.

The grants come from the Big Lottery Fund’s Celebrate 

FMQs: Finnie Secures Commitment on the Future of H.I.E.

September 29th, 2016

Green MSP John Finnie has questioned First Minister Nicola Sturgeon over the future of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and received a promise that the unique agency will continue.

Mr Finnie welcomed the assurance, and called for the creation of a …

Finnie asks Comhairle to Protect Isles' few Remaining Trees

September 28th, 2016

Green MSP John Finnie has asked the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to use its powers to defend the Western Isles’ trees.

The islands’ natural condition is to be covered by forest, but deforestation by humans has led to the present …

Surveillance: Finnie Renews Concerns Over Bulk Data Collection

September 27th, 2016

John Finnie MSP, Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today renewed concerns over the bulk collection of communications data under the Westminster Government’s proposed Investigatory Powers Bill.

Mr Finnie raised concerns with police chiefs and the Justice Secretary as Holyrood’s …

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