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Johnstone disappointed at Scottish FA appointing Malky Mackay interim Scotland manager

Fri 13 Oct, 2017

Alison Johnstone MSP, Sport spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (13 Oct) expressed disappointment at the Scottish FA appointing performance director Malky Mackay interim Scotland manager following Gordon Strachan's departure.

Mackay was the subject of an English FA investigation in 2014 concerning text messages he had sent containing discriminatory language.

Alison Johnstone MSP said:

Johnstone welcomes confirmation that benefit sanctions won’t apply to devolved employment schemes

Wed 4 Oct, 2017

Alison Johnstone MSP, Social Security spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (4 Oct) welcomed confirmation from Scottish Ministers that benefit sanctions won’t apply to devolved employment schemes for people with health conditions and disabilities.

Last year Alison led a campaign to persuade ministers to rule out the use of sanctions, as these are shown to trap people in low-wage work with a negative impact on their health.

Johnstone urges action on pay and staffing as survey shows nursing care compromised

Fri 29 Sep, 2017

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (29 Sep) urged action on pay and staffing in light of a survey of over 3,000 Royal College of Nursing members in Scotland.

Half of respondents said their last shift was not staffed to the level planned and that care was compromised as a result.

The RCN is calling for increased funding, nursing pay to be increased, and new legislation to guarantee safe staffing.

Deeply concerning waiting time figures for cancer patients

Tue 26 Sep, 2017

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, described today's waiting time figures for cancer patients as "deeply concerning".

Across Scotland, only 86.9 per cent of patients started treatment within 62 days between April and June this year, missing the Scottish Government target of 95 per cent, and down from 88.1 per cent the previous quarter.

Only three NHS boards met the target: Dumfries & Galloway, Lanarkshire and Orkney.

Johnstone uses FMQs to highlight "gazumping" of community buy-out of Sick Kids Hospital

Thu 21 Sep, 2017

Alison Johnstone, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian, today (21 Sep) used First Minister's Questions to highlight the "gazumping" of one of Scotland’s first major urban community buy-outs, the Sick Kids Hospital site in Edinburgh.

Alison asked the First Minister what more her government would do to support community bids in light of NHS Lothian selling the site to a student-accommodation developer. 

A community trust had notified Scottish Ministers of their interest back in April.


Alison Johnstone MSP Thu 21 Sep, 2017

Alison has joined local campaigners and leading animal welfare charity OneKind, in calling for a halt to plans to open a new greyhound racing track in Wallyford, East Lothian.

In March, plans for a car park and 94 ‘high end’ houses to enable development of the stadium, at the site originally identified for business use, were approved by councillors after an application for development was rejected in 2011, with that decision overturned by the Scottish Government on appeal.

Alison said:

Scottish Government to implement Greens’ Young Carer Grant

Wed 20 Sep, 2017

An announcement that the Scottish Government will implement the Scottish Greens’ manifesto pledge for a Young Carer Grant has been welcomed by the party.

Fracking: Green Film Turns Up Heat Over Imminent Ban Decision

Fri 15 Sep, 2017

A short film has been launched by the Scottish Greens in their long-running campaign against fracking, ahead of an imminent decision by the Scottish Government on whether or not to allow the dangerous and unnecessary gas drilling process.

Green MSP Alison Johnstone first proposed a ban on unconventional oil and gas extraction in 2014, bringing it to a vote in the Holyrood chamber but all other parties voted against it.

Since then, the Greens have successfully:

A Green Programme for Government: Make Scotland Fairer, Create a Clean Economy

Sun 3 Sep, 2017

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, today (3 Sep) laid down a challenge to the SNP Scottish Government and Holyrood's other parties by outlining an alternative Green Programme for Government ahead of this week's return to parliamentary business.

We must do more to mitigate the effects of the benefit cap

Alison Johnstone MSP Fri 1 Sep, 2017

The schools are back and a new session of Parliament beckons. While most people will have had a break with family and friends, summer isn't such an enjoyable time for all. Many families face the extra cost of meals and activities which would usually be provided at school.

Last July and August, Trussell Trust UK provided 4,412 more three-day emergency food parcels for children than during the previous two months. 27% of these went to children younger than 4, including newborns, and I fear that we will see similar numbers this year.