#SGPConf Interview: John Finnie talks NATO, Justice and his 'frustration' with Holyrood politics
The Scottish Greens’ justice spokesperson sat down with CommonSpace to discuss the necessity of opposing a nuclear alliance, his hopes for the Transport Bill, and the need to reform the Scottish justice system.
Opposition parties criticise ‘piecemeal’ Transport Bill for lack of radicalism in parliament debate
While the Scottish Government’s Transport Bill passed at Stage 1, MSPs were dismayed by what many perceived as a lack of ambition
- The Scottish Government’s Transport Bill has passed at Stage 1
- Transport secretary Michael Matheson expresses his openness to the possibility of introducing and expanding publicly-owned bus services
- Green MSP John Finnie describes criticism of the workplace parking levy as “rank hypocrisy”
Scottish Parliament hears calls for more to be done to protect the vulnerable from Home Office immigration law
Holyrood’s justice sub-committee on policing told that more people’s immigration status will become insecure after Brexit
SCOTLAND must “maximise all the opportunities we can get” to protect people subject to immigration law, due to the Home Office’s poor record in assessing vulnerability, a representative of the Scottish Refugee Council has told MSPs.
TSSA warns of ‘Winter of Discontent’ as Holyrood votes against ScotRail nationalisation
Rail union condemns SNP for siding with the Tories in favour of not activating the break clause, while Labour are accused of “rank hypocrisy”
A SCOTTISH LABOUR PROPOSAL aiming to compel the Scottish Government to exercise a break clause in ScotRail’s contract, end Abellio’s franchise and move towards nationalisation was defeated today (14 November), eliciting condemnation from the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association trade union.
Fundraising for monument to Scottish conscientious objectors tops £25,000
Campaign hopes to erect bronze memorial in Edinburgh for the centenary of the end of imprisonment of First World War objectors next year
THE CAMPAIGN for an Edinburgh memorial to the thousands of Scottish conscientious objectors (COs) who refused on political, religious or moral grounds to fight in the First World War has announced that over £25,000 has already been raised towards its construction.
‘Total betrayal’: No charges for police over death of Sheku Bayoh
Family of Bayoh demand public inquiry following decision by Lord Advocate
THE FAMILY of Sheku Bayoh, whose death in custody three years ago has been attributed by some to the actions of police including dangerous physical restraint, has declared they feel “nothing but total betrayal” following the Lord Advocate’s decision not to prosecute the nine officers involved.
Scotland set to be the first part of UK to ban smacking of children, as Greens publish Bill
Legislation to remove ‘justifiable assault’ from Scots law looks certain to pass with Scottish Government support
SCOTLAND appears set to become the first part of the UK to pass a ban on the smacking of children, following the publication of a Member’s Bill by Green MSP John Finnie to remove the defence of “justifiable assault” from Scots law.
Transport Bill is 'missed opportunity' to have publicly owned local bus services, claims Unite trade union
The new Transport Bill shows no immediate hope for campaigners looking to bring Scotland's bus services back into public ownership
CAMPAIGNERS who have long fought for Scotland's bus network to be brought into public ownership have been left disappointed after the publication of the Scottish Government's new Transport Bill, which Unite say will continue to let private companies benefit from public funds.