SCOTTISH Green Party Co-convener Patrick Harvie has confirmed the portfolios of the six-strong group of the party's new MSPs.

John Finnie, MSP for the Highlands and Islands, formerly an independent and of the SNP, will take on Justice Transport, Tourism Rural & Island Communities.

Scotland's youngest MSP, Ross Greer, for West of Scotland, will take International Development and External Affairs, Education and Skills, Culture and Media.

Lothian MSP Alison Johnstone will take the portfolio of Health and Sport, Social Security, Children and Young People, while fellow Lothian MSP Andy Wightman will take on Communities (including Housing), Land Reform and Local Government.

MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Mark Ruskell, will take on Climate, Energy, Environment, Food and Farming.

Patrick Harvie, Green MSP for Glasgow, will take the portfolio of Finance, Economy, Fair Work and Equalities.

He said: "The Green group has a great mix of expertise from people who have strong track records inside and outside of parliament.

"There are clear opportunities for us in this session, with a minority government, to push for bolder action on a range of issues that matter to communities across Scotland."

"The Green MSP team is ready to engage constructively to bring about bolder legislation and fairer budget priorities for a better Scotland."