Patrick Harvie raises urgent question on home office actions

Fri 14 May, 2021

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie raised the first urgent question of the new parliamentary term today, questioning the Scottish Government on the events surrounding the attempted forced removal of asylum seekers in Pollokshieds on Thursday.

Mr Harvie noted that although control of immigration matters regrettably remains in the hands of UK Ministers there are actions that can be taken in Scotland to support communities to resist the racist home office.

Patrick Harvie said:

Alok Sharma coal pledge just provides hot air

Fri 14 May, 2021

Alok Sharma’s comments on the COP26 climate conference are ‘hot air’ without a major rethink of the UK’s policy priorities, the Scottish Greens have said.

The UK minister, who is COP26 President-Designate, has used a speech in Scotland to call for an end to coal power ahead of the international summit.

Scottish Greens slam Home Office 

Thu 13 May, 2021

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie has slammed the home office and stated that Scotland must build an asylum system worthy of the name.

Mr Harvie’s call comes as hundreds of locals in Pollokshields joined a protest following an attempt by the Home Office to forcibly remove asylum seekers.

Patrick Harvie said:

“It’s horrific that people have been forced to take such action to defend their most vulnerable neighbours from the brutality of the UK Home Office.

Queen's speech: UK Government hides intentions behind rhetoric

Wed 12 May, 2021

The Queen’s speech hid the UK Government’s intentions behind rhetoric, the Scottish Greens have warned.

Opening the Westminster parliament, the Queen talked about a recovery from the pandemic, green industries, sustainable economics and reform of the planning system.

Scottish Greens hail record result

Sat 8 May, 2021

The Scottish Greens will have significant impact on the Scottish Parliament and Scotland’s future after gaining seats in the 2021 election.

After a positive campaign which focused on a green recovery and tackling the climate emergency, the Scottish Greens saw their vote share grow in every region of Scotland. With eight MSPs, it is the party’s best ever result.

Greens: Time for a green industrial age

Tue 4 May, 2021

Scottish Greens will today ask voters to grasp the opportunity to create a green industrial age in Scotland.

The Scottish Green manifesto pledges a £7.5bn green investment plan to drive climate emissions down and create 100,000 jobs, underpinned by a green industrial strategy to reinvigorate Scotland’s energy and manufacturing sector with green jobs.

Scottish Greens issue warning over fake green candidates

Mon 3 May, 2021

The Scottish Greens have warned voters that far right extremists and conspiracy theorists are standing at the election masquerading as ‘greens’.

These include Trump-supporting Alistair McConnachie, who was expelled from UKIP for Holocaust denial and is standing under the 'Independent Green Voice' banner.

McConnachie is best known for denying the existence of gas chambers at Nazi concentration camps but has also provided social media support to the Orange Order and regularly organises counter-protests to pro-independence and anti-racism rallies. 

Scottish Greens pledge tougher protections for wildlife

Sun 2 May, 2021

Scottish Greens have commited to strengthening protections for wildlife and making sure they are enforced.

Current protections have failed or are poorly enforced. Within a year of beavers being declared a protected species, a fifth of the population was killed under license from NatureScot, the Scottish Government agency charged with protecting wildlife, and birds of prey continue to disappear or be found killed near Scotland’s grouse moors.

Revealed: Flamingo Land offered 125 year lease at Loch Lomond

Fri 30 Apr, 2021

The Scottish Greens' Ross Greer has uncovered Scottish Government plans to offer Flamingo Land a 125 year lease on the West Riverside site at Balloch, should their controversial 'resort' proposals receive planning permission.

Greer has hailed this news as a partial victory for the Save Loch Lomond campaign and their efforts to keep the land in public hands. However, he has also warned that it is likely part of a plan from the developers and government to undermine the arguments used against their unsuccessful first attempt to build a 'luxury resort' on the site.

The Time to Vote Green is Now

Fri 30 Apr, 2021

Scottish Greens will mark the final week of the election campaign today with a warning on the urgency of the climate emergency.

Co-leaders Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater will highlight that with less than ten years before the deadline set by the Paris Agreement to keep global warming down, the time to vote green is now.