A public inquiry must be held urgently in order to address a rising number of drug deaths in Scotland, an MSP has said.
Giving a child a light smack in the “heat of the moment” would not result in a prosecution under Scotland’s smacking ban, it was claimed yesterday.
Police Scotland has warned MSPs that a smacking ban could result in increased costs to the force as officers spend more time investigating allegations against parents.
The Highlands and Islands MSP behind controversial workplace parking charges has claimed the controversial levy is unlikely to be introduced in remote areas.
The north MSP behind the parking tax was accused of not having “a clue” about how it will work as parties clashed over the controversial proposal at Holyrood.
The Scottish Government and Greens were last night edging closer to striking a deal to get the budget through Holyrood - on the basis that local councils get more support.
Nearly two thirds of new teachers employed in north and north-east schools under a Scottish Government scheme to close the attainment gap are on temporary contracts.
Accusation A9 campaigners are getting ‘preferential’ treatment to A96 because MSP is Deputy First Minister
Transport Scotland has been accused of giving preferential treatment to A9 campaigners over a group in Moray because they are constituents of the Deputy First Minister.
Transport Secretary Michael Matheson yesterday declined to say that he had confidence in Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) management when challenged over its performance yesterday.
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Thousands of litter louts in Aberdeen have been caught in the act - but just a handful of fines have been issued in neighbouring authorities.
Scottish Ministers have “called in” the controversial Coul Links golf course proposal.
Thousands of pro-independence supporters took to the streets of Inverness on Saturday.
Council accused of ‘pouring cash down the drain’ with £48k interest costs on scrapped Elgin road scheme
Moray Council has been accused of “pouring cash down the drain” after it emerged it will be charged nearly £50,000 in interest for money it held for 15 years.
Armed police have helped out at more than 80 incidents across Scotland in the last week – including giving an elderly lady in Aberdeen first aid after a fall.
Inverness Scottish Green MSP John Finnie took to his bike in the Highland capital to highlight calls for safer streets with lower speed limits.
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A leading Highland MSP has welcomed compensation offered to 31 workers made redundant - but criticised the terms of the deal.
North Green MSP John Finnie yesterday raised with Nicola Sturgeon the plight of 31 recycling plant workers who have lost their jobs due to a Highland Council procurement decision.
A north community has erupted in fury at politicians they say are trying to hijack plans for a major golf course in Sutherland.
An MSP is calling on the Scottish Government to introduce a new levy to generate more than £300,000 for housing projects in Moray.
The use of electric cars remains mixed across the north and north-east - with some charging points booming but others barely used for months at a time.
A north MP has come under fire for calling for tougher enforcement against the travelling community if he was to be made prime minister for a day.
Anti-nuclear campaigners will meet in Moray to press for alternatives to transporting radioactive waste through the region.
A Highland politician has hit out at a train company boss for allowing licenced firearms to be carried on the famous Caledonian Sleeper.
On May 4, the Scottish Green Party will be fielding more local candidates across the Highlands and Islands than ever before.
On the eve of the Scottish Green Party conference, Highland and Islands MSP John Finnie spells out why members are getting ready for a fresh campaign to secure independence for Scotland. In 2014 the Scottish Green Party campaigned under our distinctive "Green Yes" banner for a better Scotland, an independent Scotland.
Former Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael insisted last night he had been the victim of a "politically motivated" campaign after judges dismissed a legal challenge to his election.
Transport chiefs claim Statistics will "vindicate" the decision to introduce average-speed cameras to the A9.
MSPs have demanded to know whether a decision to give guns to police on routine patrol was publicly endorsed prior to its roll-out across Scotland.
Only a small percentage of police officers are armed in Scotland but their presence is necessary to respond to the threat of mass shootings, a SNP minister has insisted.
An influential Holyrood committee has launched an investigation into why armed police officers are patrolling the Highlands.