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Michael Gove reveals feeble replacement for European Court of Justice

Wed 27 Jun, 2018

Michael Gove’s plans for a weaker alternative to the European Court of Justice were ridiculed by a Green MSP today at Holyrood.

Mark Ruskell, the Scottish Greens’ environment spokesperson, says the new body, which Mr Gove revealed will not be allowed to “second guess” environmentally destructive planning decisions, will lead to significantly poorer environmental standards in the UK after leaving the European Union.

Patients must be priority for NHS

Mark Ruskell MSP Fri 22 Jun, 2018

This article first appeared in the Perthshire Advertiser.

NHS Tayside has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons in recent months, quite rightly coming under significant scrutiny for a host of questionable decisions made by its senior management.

It is, I believe, only right that when such understandable criticism is dished out that it is done so proportionately. Most people who use the NHS in Tayside, and indeed across Scotland, receive a first class service delivered by hard working, and often overworked, dedicated medical professionals.

We have an opportunity to design a sustainable system of farming

Mark Ruskell MSP Fri 22 Jun, 2018


This week the Scottish Government launched a consultation into the future of farm and rural funding in Scotland post-Brexit. The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is the single biggest slice of the EU budget, accounting for 38% of all the money spent across Europe, and it has underpinned our farming system for over 40 years.

Lack of environmental vision in Scot Gov agriculture plan

Wed 20 Jun, 2018

The Scottish Greens have criticised the lack of environmental vision in the Scottish Government’s latest agriculture plan, saying it lags behind Westminster on the issue.

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing today (20th June) launched a consultation into the future of agriculture payments post-Brexit, but critics say the proposals don’t go far enough to outline a clear vision for the sector.

Mark Ruskell MSP, food and farming spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:

Rise in pedestrians killed on urban roads shows need for safer streets legislation

Wed 13 Jun, 2018

Figures showing a rise in the number of pedestrians killed on urban roads underline the need for action on safer streets, according to Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell, whose member's bill aims to lower urban speed limits from 30 to 20mph.

In 2017 there were 26 pedestrians killed on built-up roads in Scotland, up from 23 in 2016.

There was also a 12 per cent increase in serious injuries to cyclists on built-up roads - an 18 per cent increase on the 04-08 average.

Action needed from government to reverse worrying trend of more cars on our roads, driving an increase in transport emissions

Tue 12 Jun, 2018

SNP Ministers "cannot be serious" if they think they are showing international leadership on climate change in light of the latest greenhouse gas emissions figures, according to Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP.

This is no time to rein in our ambitions on tackling climate change

Mark Ruskell MSP Tue 29 May, 2018

Warm, cheap-to-heat housing, affordable trains and convenient local bus services, and good food with minimal waste – everyone’s lives could be so much better if we seize the opportunity presented by Scotland’s new climate change laws.

Ruskell slams SNP for “timid” decision not to set zero carbon target in new Climate Change Bill

Thu 24 May, 2018

Scottish Greens climate spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP today (24 May) slammed the SNP Government for its “timid” decision not to set a target of zero carbon emissions in the new Climate Change Bill, warning that this failure will hamper the creation of green jobs, warm homes and efficient public transport.

The blight of wildlife crime is now starting to threaten Perthshire’s reputation as a tourism gem

Mark Ruskell MSP Fri 18 May, 2018

This article first appeared in the Perthshire Advertiser

Recent news of the disappearance of another eagle over Highland Perthshire was a huge blow to what has been a conservation and tourism success story. 

The fate of a satellite tagged sea eagle named Blue X still remains unknown, but it joins dozens of protected eagles that have gone missing ‘in suspicious circumstances’ in and around driven grouse moor estates in Highland Perthshire and beyond.

Ruskell comments on latest legal action over air pollution

Thu 17 May, 2018

"This is as much Scotland’s failure as the UK’s."

Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP today (17 May) responded to the news that the European Commission is taking the British Government to court for breaching EU air quality rules.

The EU's environment commissioner says Britain has broken limits on levels of health-damaging nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and failed to provide "credible, effective and timely" plans to cut pollution.