Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
Thursday 9th June 2016
The Highlands and Islands’ Green MSP John Finnie has been appointed to the Scottish Parliament’s committees on Justice and on Rural Economy and Connectivity.
Mr Finnie, a former Northern Constabulary police officer, has served on the Justice Committee since 2011, notably holding Police Scotland to account over officers carrying firearms while on routine duties. For his campaign on armed police he received the title of Community MSP of the Year at the 2014 Herald Scottish Politician of the Year Awards.
His appointment to the Rural Economy and Connectivity reflects his new role as the Scottish Greens’ spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Rural & Island Communities, as well as the party’s spokesperson on Justice.
Mr Finnie said:
“I’m delighted to be appointed for a second term on the Justice Committee, where my priorities will include restoring the community ethos to Scottish policing, and defending our hard-won human rights.
“Joining the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee is an exciting opportunity to push for the investment the Highlands and Islands needs to make the most of our huge potential in sustainable industries like food, forestry and clean energy.”