Scottish Greens pledge new deal for hospitality workers

Tue 13 Apr, 2021

Scottish Greens will work to improve pay and job security for workers in pubs and restaurants as part of the green recovery.

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie will highlight the importance of trade unions in the recovery today on the campaign trail.

Patrick Harvie said: “The hospitality sector has had a grim year, and supporting small independent hospitality businesses should be seen as a strategic priority for economic recovery.

Scottish Greens Pledge to End Primary School Homework

Mon 12 Apr, 2021

The Scottish Greens are set to propose an end to homework in primary schools, pointing to evidence that rather than helping to improve attainment, it can often have a harmful effect on younger children’s attitude towards learning.

Scotland should begin playing a bigger role on the international stage in preparation for independence, say Greens

Fri 9 Apr, 2021

Scotland can play a more active role in the international community, even before independence is achieved according to the Scottish Greens’ manifesto for the upcoming Holyrood elections.

The Greens’ are set to propose that Scotland seek associate membership of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Nordic Council, as well as observer status of the Arctic Council.

Scottish Greens pledge more powers for councils

Fri 9 Apr, 2021

Scottish Greens will today pledge to give councils more powers to improve local services.

These include more support to take bus companies in-house, powers to bring vacant properties back into use and reforms of local taxation.

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said: “The Scottish Greens have worked hard to grant councils new ways to raise revenue but it’s clear Scotland remains too centralised.

“Greens will oppose ministerial vetoes over locally-made decisions, but we need to give councils more power too.

Scottish Greens: secure oil and gas workers future now

Thu 8 Apr, 2021

Scottish Greens have called for the just transition away from oil and gas to begin now, to tackle the climate emergency and secure the future of communities.

In a visit to the North East, co-leader Patrick Harvie will call for subsidies to be shifted away from fossil fuels and reinvested in low-carbon alternatives like renewable energy.

Commenting, Patrick Harvie said: “The UK Government is absolutely reckless in its decision to invest further public subsidy in exploration for new oil and gas.

Greens pledge anonymity and legal aid for victims

Wed 7 Apr, 2021

The Scottish Greens will today pledge to enshrine anonymity for victims of sexual offences in law, and make legal aid available to all domestic abuse victims.

Unlike other UK nations, there is no general prohibition on identifying sexual offence complainers in Scotland. Instead there is an 'understanding' to maintain anonymity between mainstream media outlets.

Poll shows record number of Scottish Green MSPs

Wed 7 Apr, 2021

Responding to the Ipsos Mori poll for STV which puts the Scottish Greens on 12% for the regional list vote, co-leader Lorna Slater said:

 "This poll tells us that the Scottish Greens are set to have a record number of MSPs in Holyrood and could yet play a crucial role in securing a pro-independence majority in May. I'm also proud that if this poll turns into votes we will have eight women and three men as our Scottish Green MSPs.

Scottish Greens vow to end fox hunting for good

Tue 6 Apr, 2021

The Scottish Greens will ban fox hunting in Scotland, the party have pledged.

Despite an apparent ban being introduced in 2002, fox hunts continue in Scotland by exploiting loopholes that mean it continues much as it did. 

Scottish Green Alison Johnstone proposed a bill in 2019 to close the loopholes and also to protect mountain hares.

Mountain hare protections were won in wildlife laws last year, but the Lothian candidate has pledged to finish the job next term if re-elected.

Scottish Greens pledge to abolish not proven verdict

Tue 6 Apr, 2021

Scottish Greens would abolish the ‘not proven’ verdict, the party has announced.

Scotland, unlike most of the world's legal systems, has three possible verdicts in criminal cases - guilty, not guilty and not proven – but in practice the ‘not proven’ outcome is an acquittal, with the same outcome as ‘not guilty’. This often creates significant confusion for jurors.

Scottish Greens reveal plan to tackle disinformation

Tue 6 Apr, 2021

In a first for a Scottish Parliament election, the Greens are set to unveil a suite of policies designed to tackle the growing problem of fake news and disinformation.

The policies, included in the party’s upcoming election manifesto, include proposals to set up an independent office to coordinate efforts aimed at tackling disinformation and an aim to replicate the success of Finland’s efforts at integrating media literacy and critical thinking into their school curriculum.

Scottish Greens education and media spokesperson Ross Greer said: