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Long Wait For Minister’s Answer On Scapa Flow Shipping Rules

February 10th, 2016

MSP John Finnie is pressing the Environment Minister for answers on his review of ballast water management rules in Scapa Flow. Neither Aileen McLeod nor her predecessor as Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse, have made any announcement …

Finnie Launches Green Campaign With Promise Of Green Jobs And Good Homes

February 10th, 2016

John Finnie MSP launched the Scottish Greens’ Holyrood election campaign alongside lead candidates from all eight of Scotland’s regions, at Glasgow’s Òran Mór venue on Monday (8 February).

Mr Finnie said electing more Green MSPs would mean a “bolder” Scottish …

Finnie Condemns Lochhead's Statement On Ship To Ship Transfers

February 9th, 2016

John Finnie MSP has today condemned Richard Lochhead’s statement on the proposed ship to ship oil transfers across the Cromarty Firth as “too little, too late”.

Mr Finnie was responding to Mr Lochhead’s baffling decision to wait until after the …

College Staff Pay: Greens Support Lecturers In Dispute

February 4th, 2016

Isla O’Reilly, Scottish Green Party spokesperson on Education and MSP candidate for the Highlands & Islands, has called on the Scottish Government to step in and stop a forced pay deal being imposed on college lecturers.

O’Reilly said the Scottish …

Finnie Amendment Opens Doors To Gaelic Education

February 3rd, 2016

Parents are more likely to be granted requests for Gaelic-medium primary education after a last-minute amendment by Highlands and Islands MSP John Finnie.

Local authorities will now be obliged to provide Gaelic-medium primary education on request unless it would be …

Education Bill: Greens Reiterate Concerns Over Testing

February 2nd, 2016

Isla O’Reilly, Education, Children and Young People spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP candidate for Highlands and Islands, tonightreiterated concerns about national testing following approval of the Education Bill.

The legislation contains a duty for local authorities to tackle …

John Finnie To Meet Argyll And Bute Waste Boss

January 27th, 2016

MSP John Finnie is to meet with Argyll & Bute’s infrastructure chief to push for new waste management plan that saves services, jobs and the environment.

The MSP is due to meet with Jim Smith, Argyll and Bute Council’s Head …

Police Call Centres: Finnie Criticises Backward Step

January 25th, 2016

Responding to the announcement by Police Scotland that emergency call handling will cease later this year at centres in Inverness and Aberdeen, Highlands and Islands MSP John Finnie, Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:

“HMICS’s autumn report of call-handling …

Schools: Greens Urge Ministers To Invest In Teachers

January 25th, 2016

Responding to today’s announcement by the Scottish Government of the continuation of its Schools for the Future programme, Isla O’Reilly, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP candidate for the Highlands and Islands, said:

“Continuing to refurbish and rebuild …

The Highlands And Islands Need Real Rent Controls, Finnie Tells Government

January 20th, 2016

John Finnie MSP has called on the Scottish Government to extend proposed rent controls to new private tenancies, not just to renewals of existing ones.

The MSP said real rent controls are “urgent” in the Highlands and Islands, where rents …

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