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Report calls for Fife Council & Scot Gov to back ambitious rail reopening strategy for Fife

Fri 8 Dec, 2017

A new report published today by local rail campaigns and Green MSP Mark Ruskell has called for Fife Council and the Scottish Government to back an ambitious rail reopening strategy for Fife.

Holyrood to vote on Ruskell's Safer Streets Bill thanks to cross-party support

Sun 3 Dec, 2017

The Scottish Parliament will be able to vote next year on whether the default speed limit in built up areas should be lowered from 30 to 20mph after a Green politician’s proposal received cross party backing from MSPs. 

Green MSP Mark Ruskell has so far received 20 MSP signatures from three parties, meaning that the Member’s Bill, aimed at improving road safety and reducing traffic pollution, has moved a step closer to becoming a reality.

The debate on animal sentience is an early warning shot in the unravelling Brexit process

Mark Ruskell MSP Fri 1 Dec, 2017

Sometimes we never truly understand the value of something until we have lost it. With so much progress under threat from Brexit, I’m on a mission to understand the progress Europe has delivered and how we can preserve hard won rights and protections.

Maintaining principle of animal sentience in Scotland after Brexit has taken a step forward

Thu 30 Nov, 2017

Maintaining the legal principle of animal sentience in Scotland after Brexit has taken a step forward, according to Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens.

Following the failure last week by Westminster to include the principle in the EU Withdrawal Bill, Mr Ruskell lodged a motion at Holyrood urging that it be included in all future legislation affecting animals in Scotland.

Greener budget needed as figures show Scottish Government weak on low carbon

Tue 21 Nov, 2017

The Scottish Government is failing to heed expert advice to allocate 70 per cent of its capital spending to low-carbon infrastructure projects, analysis by the Scottish Green MSPs shows.

Ahead of this week's UK Budget, which will affect Scottish Ministers' capital spending, the Greens are warning that of Scottish infrastructure projects underway, less than 28 per cent are low-carbon, such as electrification of the Edinburgh-Glasgow rail service. Almost 51 per cent of projects underway are high-carbon, such as the expansion of the M8-M73-M74 motorways.

Harvie uses FMQs to urge industrial strategy that supports jobs such as those under threat at BiFab

Thu 16 Nov, 2017

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, today (16 Nov) used First Minister's Questions to urge a fresh industrial strategy that urgently supports jobs in renewable energy such as the 1,400 under threat at BiFab in Fife and the Western Isles.

Green MSPs met with BiFab workers at today's rally outside Parliament, while on Tuesday Mark Ruskell, Green MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife, pressed the Economy Secretary on the issue.

Ruskell uses major European conference to challenge Scot Gov refusal to set up environmental court

Mon 6 Nov, 2017

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (6 Nov) used a session at a major European conference to challenge the Scottish Government over its recent decision not to set up a specialist environmental court.

Speaking at the European Environmental Bureau conference in Edinburgh, Mark Ruskell MSP said:

Greenhouse gas target claims questioned by Greens

Tue 31 Oct, 2017

The Scottish Government has been told that it must invest 70% of the infrastructure budget in low-carbon projects by the end of the parliamentary term if it is serious about lowering greenhouse gas emissions, a Green MSP has said.

We vote for a reinforced and lasting fracking ban in Scotland

Tue 24 Oct, 2017

The Scottish Greens today (24 Oct) voted, along with a majority at the Scottish Parliament, for a reinforced and lasting fracking ban in Scotland.

A majority of MSPs voted in favour of a Green amendment which commits the government to include its intention to ban fracking in its Energy Strategy and in the next National Planning Framework.

Additionally, the Scottish Parliament has now asked for new licensing powers for onshore oil and gas to be transferred from Westminster.

Greens determined to see fracking ban strengthened

Tue 24 Oct, 2017

Green MSPs will today attempt to find agreement at Holyrood for a reinforced and lasting fracking ban in Scotland.

Following the Scottish Green Party’s autumn conference in Edinburgh at the weekend, where members voted unanimously for a permanent ban, Green MSPs will use the Scottish Government debate on unconventional oil and gas to find consensus on devolving licensing powers from Westminster and fully using planning powers that are already devolved. [1]