News
1 hour 30 min ago

Responding to today's YouGov poll in the Times, which suggests 9 Green MSPs will be elected, Sarah Beattie-Smith, Elections and Campaigns co-convener for the Scottish Greens and MSP candidate for the South of Scotland, said:

"Across Scotland voters are ready to use their regional vote to elect Green MSPs. The strong polling we've seen mirrors the positive reaction our candidates and campaigners have been getting in their communities. 

News
4 May 2016 - 8:08am

Patrick Harvie, co-convener of the Scottish Greens, will today (4 May) launch the party's final push for votes on the last day of campaigning in the Holyrood election.

Harvie will join Lothian candidates Alison Johnstone and Andy Wightman at the "Green Tardis" on Leith Walk in Edinburgh, a former police box decorated by indyref artist Stewart Bremner.

News
3 May 2016 - 7:34am

The Scottish Greens today (3 May) will highlight their plans to create over 200,000 jobs in new industries, and their policy of a Scotland Guarantee of work, training or further education for every school leaver.

Party co-conveners Patrick Harvie and Maggie Chapman will visit Fife College in Rosyth, the first college to develop wind turbine technician apprenticeships. The college is aiming to become a centre for excellence in renewables.

Blog entry
2 May 2016 - 8:11pm

The Scottish Green Party recognise how important it is that the government looks after those who dedicate their time to caring for others, whether it be as a paid carer in a care home or home caring company, or those who look after friends or relatives.  The current provisions for people in these positions are inadequate and frankly disrespectful to the essential services that these people provide. The Scottish Green party have several policies that work to support carers, here are the top 5:

News
2 May 2016 - 8:50am

The Scottish Greens will today (2 May) ramp up their message of a bolder Holyrood, a better Scotland, with campaign activity across the country.

The party is polling strongly on the regional vote, suggesting Green MSPs will be elected across the eight parliamentary regions.

In what is the Scottish Greens' biggest election campaign to date, party activists have already delivered in their communities:

-Half a million tabloid newspapers

-209,000 postcards

-396,300 newsletters

News
1 May 2016 - 9:10pm

The Scottish Greens tonight (1 May) hailed the performance of party co-convener Patrick Harvie in the final televised Holyrood leaders debate, broadcast live on BBC1 from Hopetoun House near South Queensferry, coming on the same day the Sunday Herald recommended a regional vote for the Greens for the first time.

 

Mr Harvie, who has been the Green MSP for Glasgow since 2003, remains the opposition leader with the highest satisfaction ratings in Ipsos Mori polling, and his party looks set to return a record number of between 7 and 12 MSPs in Thursday's election. 

News
1 May 2016 - 9:10pm

The Scottish Greens tonight (1 May) hailed the performance of party co-convener Patrick Harvie in the final televised Holyrood leaders debate, broadcast live on BBC1 from Hopetoun House near South Queensferry, coming on the same day the Sunday Herald recommended a regional vote for the Greens for the first time.

 

Mr Harvie, who has been the Green MSP for Glasgow since 2003, remains the opposition leader with the highest satisfaction ratings in Ipsos Mori polling, and his party looks set to return a record number of between 7 and 12 MSPs in Thursday's election. 

News
1 May 2016 - 1:50pm

Responding to the announcement by teaching union the EIS that it plans to ballot its members on industrial action over new school qualifications, Isla O'Reilly, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP candidate for the Highlands and Islands, said:

"The frustration of teachers is understandable. Having faced huge pressures and increased workload with the introduction of Curriculum for Excellence and the new qualifications systems it is disapponting that the government's expert group has not addressed all the concerns.

News
1 May 2016 - 12:09pm

Housing has been front and centre of the Scottish Green Party’s Holyrood campaign, with bold plans to build 60,000 social rented homes over the coming 5 years, make rent fair and end fuel poverty. With homelessness on the increase, and many homes in Scotland being damp and cold, urgent action is needed to ensure homes provide for people’s needs.

Scottish Greens co-convener Maggie Chapman, the party's housing spokesperson and MSP candidate for the North East, says that she wants to see a much more co-ordinated approach to housing:

News
1 May 2016 - 9:30am

The Scottish Greens today (1 May) welcomed an editorial in the Sunday Herald newspaper, in which the paper says it wants a parliament with Green voices "strengthened", helping push the government "from a progressive position."

The paper also highlights the SNP's "conservative" use of Holyrood's new tax powers. Under the Scottish Greens' proposals, everyone earning less than £26,500 would get to keep more of what they earn, while higher earners would be expected to contribute a fairer share.