John Finnie

Green MSP for Highlands and Islands


As a result of COVID-19, some MPs have been less able to vote in Parliament, and this will be reflected in their voting record.

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11th May to 2nd June 2020

All MPs could vote remotely through an online voting tool. Votes cast remotely are shown as normal on the TheyWorkForYou voting record.

2nd to 9th June 2020

The option of online voting was removed, and a number of MPs may have been unable to vote because they were not physically able to attend.

10th June 2020 onwards

The requirements on proxy voting were relaxed, allowing MPs to designate another MP to cast a vote on their behalf.

If an MP votes by proxy, it is effectively exactly the same as if they cast the vote in person and it shows up on their TheyWorkForYou voting record.

MPs are not required to designate a proxy, and may instead pair with an opposing MP to miss a vote. Parliament does not record when two MPs have come to a pairing arrangement, so on TheyWorkForYou, they will both appear to have been absent for the vote.

We will update this information if the situation changes. See more detail on votes during the COVID-19 period here.

Recent appearances

  • Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill 9 Sep 2020

    I will talk about the specifics of the amendment in my name, such as the “piecemeal” nature of “ the development of hate crime law”, which has resulted in “fragmented legislation”. It is a simple matter of fact that, for more than a decade, there have been calls for consolidation. The principle of consolidation seems to be widely welcomed and has benefits, as we have seen with...
  • Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill 9 Sep 2020

    I am grateful to the member for the intervention. I will come on to that, and I will cover the competing arguments on the issue. As far as we are concerned, there is unfinished work on misogynistic harassment. Toxic masculinity must be addressed, and we look forward to that work progressing. As the amendment says, we commit to listening to “all serious views on ways to improve” the bill....
  • Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill 9 Sep 2020

    Does the member accept that Lord Bracadale, who has put a lot of work into this, said in his report that “extending the stirring up offences in Scotland would not infringe the article 10 right to freedom of expression”?

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Green MSP for Highlands and Islands

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 2011 — Election

Party was Scottish National Party until 23 Oct 2012; Independent until 23 Mar 2016

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