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Johnstone joined by campaigners at launch of #ForFoxSake campaign

Thu 7 Dec, 2017

Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnstone was today (7 Dec) joined by animal welfare campaigners as she launched a campaign in support of her proposal to bring forward a member's bill to ban foxhunting.  

The Scottish Government is conducting a review of how current laws work but has not considered an outright ban, and the online campaign launched today - #ForFoxSake - encourages people to respond to the review calling for a full ban.

Johnstone calls for greater access to medical training as figures show sharp rise in vacancies for hospital consultants

Tue 5 Dec, 2017

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (5 Dec) called for greater access to medical training after new figures showed a sharp rise in vacancies for hospital consultants, with more than 250 posts lying empty for at least six months.

Alison said:

Mesh implant report let down survivors says Green MSP

Tue 5 Dec, 2017

The findings of a report into the scandal of women being forced to live in severe and constant pain because of transvaginal mesh implants must be looked at again a Green MSP will say today.

Alison Johnstone MSP, the Scottish Greens’ health spokesperson, also says the recommendations do not give sufficient clarity to ministers, MSPs and the Scottish Mesh Survivors – the group behind the Hear Our Voice campaign.

Lothian MSP Alison Johnstone said:

Johnstone to bring forward member's bill to ban foxhunting

Tue 28 Nov, 2017

Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnstone tonight (28 Nov) confirmed that she intends to bring forward a member's bill to ban foxhunting.  

The Scottish Government is conducting a review of how current laws work but has not considered an outright ban.

One fifth of children in Scotland in poverty; action needed says Johnstone

Tue 28 Nov, 2017

New figures showing one fifth of children in Scotland live in families that are in poverty and cannot afford basic necessities underline the need for action, according to Alison Johnstone MSP, Social Security spokesperson for the Scottish Greens.

The statistics indicate that 20 per cent of children in Scotland live in material deprivation, so cannot afford basics such as being able to repair or replace a broken kettle.

Alison Johnstone MSP said:

Green policy of Basic Income progresses in Scotland

Thu 23 Nov, 2017

The Scottish Greens are celebrating the launch of a grant for a quarter of a million pounds to explore the creation of a Citizens’ Income, a longstanding Green policy.

Angela Constance revealed the details in a letter to Holyrood’s social security committee where the minister confirmed that the £250,000 grant is being made available for four pilot councils if they have their bids accepted.

#BUDGET2017: Green MSP launches women and welfare summit

Wed 22 Nov, 2017

Women are experiencing austerity and welfare reform disproportionately a Green MSP will warn today (22 Nov) at a meeting of academics and third sector experts on the day of the UK government’s budget.

Organised by Alison Johnstone MSP, the summit at Holyrood will bring together anti-poverty campaigners, women's rights organisations and frontline service providers to address, what she calls, the “devastating impact” years of austerity have had on women's incomes, health and opportunities.

Minimum pricing: Green MSP slams failed bid by drinks lobby

Wed 15 Nov, 2017

The Scottish Greens have welcomed a decision by the UK Supreme Court to reject the challenge by the Scotch Whisky Association for there to be a minimum price for alcohol set in Scotland.

Green health spokesperson Alison Johnstone MSP says the alcohol companies behind the failed block should be “ashamed of themselves” and called on ministers to now get on with putting the policy in place.

Lothian MSP Alison Johnstone said:

Funding proposal for GP practices welcomed by Greens

Mon 13 Nov, 2017

A new funding formula proposed by the BMA,  aimed at providing more money for GP practices in deprived areas, has been welcomed by the Greens.

The formula is one of several new measures in a proposed new contract for general practice in Scotland and Alison Johnstone MSP, health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, says her party has been campaigning on the issue for some time, highlighting how GP practices in more deprived areas currently receive only £2.28 more per patient.

No young person should miss out on support they need

Alison Johnstone MSP Fri 10 Nov, 2017

Waiting for universal credit payments may put over 23,000 low income families in the UK at risk of destitution this winter.  Demand on food banks is rising, and applicants are left distressed and confused by complex applications.  The calamitous roll out of universal credit shows our benefits system at its disjointed worst.