Amidst all the darkness is a light that never goes out

Ross Greer MSP Fri 26 May, 2017

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. It’s a line from the Gospel of John which I used in a recent address to a church who had invited me to discuss what I recently witnessed of the Mediterranean refugee crisis. It’s a line which goes beyond any and all faiths and is strikingly relevant this week.

Devolution of Disability Living Allowance & Carers Benefit gives us a chance to create a fairer, more equal Scotland

Alison Johnstone MSP Fri 19 May, 2017

This week was an important one in Scotland’s devolution journey. Responsibility to legislate for a range of benefits, including Disability Living Allowance and Carers Benefit, was formally passed to the Scottish Parliament.

Time to give all children in Scotland the same level of protection from assault as adults

John Finnie MSP Fri 19 May, 2017

I’m sure all of us want Scotland to be among the most progressive, socially just, and equal nations in the world. We all want our children to be happy, healthy and to give them the very best start in life. Yet in 2017, we still afford children less protection from assault than adults.

Scotland cannot be thought of as the best place in the world for children to grow up while our law gives children less protection from assault than everyone else. We know conclusively that permitting the physical punishment of children can be detrimental to children’s long term health and wellbeing.

New and re-elected Green councillors around Scotland will stick up for communities

Alison Johnstone MSP Tue 9 May, 2017

Despite the importance of council services, such as schools, social care and housing, last week’s local elections were overshadowed by national events. Those of us who care about local democracy faced an uphill battle. With little national media interest, a Tory prime minister trampling over the campaign by calling a general election in the middle of it, and other parties cynically trying to make it about constitutional issues, it was one of the toughest campaigns I can recall. 

Local Council Election Results 2017

John Hardy Fri 5 May, 2017

We will be updating the election results throughout the day to let you know which Green candidates have been elected - https://greens.scot/councillors

Thank you and well done to all our candidates, activists and volunteers and to everyone who voted to elect more Green Councillors than ever before.

Number 1: Our first Councillor has been elected and it's also our first ever Councillor on Orkney or the islands! Well done to Steve Sankey, new Green Cllr for East Mainland, South Ronaldsay and Burray!

You can put councillors in place who will prioritise local needs

John Finnie MSP Fri 28 Apr, 2017

They say travel broadens the mind. And we could do with some broader thinking at this time. A narrow-minded Tory Prime Minister has called a General Election right in the middle of a vital local election campaign. That tells you all you need to know about how little the Tories value local council services.

Help elect more Green councillors than ever before

John Hardy Tue 25 Apr, 2017

Over the last few weeks we have heard about the hard work of our current Green councillors and their successes as well as learning more about some of our fantastic candidates and why they are standing for local council.

We are standing more candidates in more places than ever before but we can’t elect them without help from people like you.

Here are just some of the ways you can get involved:

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Three Green pledges for active travel

John Hardy Mon 17 Apr, 2017

We believe that rebalancing our roads and streets in favour of pedestrians and cyclists is the best way to enable people to make their everyday travel more sustainable. Our aim is to make walking and cycling an attractive and viable travel option for the majority of the population. This is important for the development of local communities while helping to improve physical and mental health, traffic congestion, the reduction of carbon emissions, and tackle air pollution.

We need to champion the local services that support us all

Mark Ruskell MSP Fri 14 Apr, 2017

It’s with mixed emotions that I’m standing down as a councillor in May to focus on my role as a Green MSP.

Part of me will always feel rooted in the communities I’ve served as a councillor and the need to champion the local services that support us all.

Power in Your Hands: 4 Ways Green councillors have worked for their communities since 2012

Yvonne Mclellan Fri 14 Apr, 2017

In 2012 you helped us to elect Greens to local councils in Aberdeenshire, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Midlothian and Stirling.

Here are just some of their successes and ways they have put power in the hands of the people and communities they serve across the country:

1. Protecting services

Green councillors have campaigned vigorously against the privatisation of environmental services in the City of Edinburgh and the privatisation of IT services in Glasgow.

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