FMQs: JOHNSTONE DEMANDS SAFER WALKING AND CYCLING

Wed 22 May, 2019

Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Alison Johnstone MSP has urged the First Minister to make Scotland’s streets safer after a new report showed that children from the most deprived areas are three times more likely to be killed or injured while walking and cycling than those from better off communities.

She called on the Government to back Mark Ruskell MSP’s bill to make 20mph the default speed limit in residential areas as a vital public health measure.

Alison Johnstone MSP said:

GREENS SAY WELFARE REFORMS MUST END AFTER DAMNING REPORT

Wed 22 May, 2019

Greens today called for a substantial re-investment in social security, after a major new report slammed UK Government welfare reforms for driving significantly increased poverty.

Phillip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty, has slammed cuts to the social security system, saying that the UK Government has “doubled down on [an] agenda to reduce benefits by every means available."

Alison Johnstone MSP, Scottish Greens Parliamentary co-leader, said:

WIGHTMAN BLASTS SNP-TORY SABOTAGE ON SHORT TERM LETS

Tue 21 May, 2019

Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman, who has led the campaign for tighter controls over short-term lets, has accused the SNP and Tories of conspiring to water-down changes to the Planning Bill, which would have needed planning permission in all cases where a property was being changed from a main dwelling to a commercial let.

Tory MSP seeks amendment to transport bill for his own car

Tue 21 May, 2019

Motoring enthusiast and Tory MSP Murdo Fraser has lodged an amendment to the Transport Bill which would exclude his own classic car from low emission zone legislation.

Mr Fraser’s amendment would provide an exemption for cars over constructed over 30 years ago despite the far greater emissions from older vehicles. [2]

Tackling emissions from petrol and diesel powered vehicles is a key part of reducing air pollution and addressing the climate emergency.

Loch Lomond: Greens hand in record-breaking objections

Tue 21 May, 2019

Scottish Greens West Scotland MSP Ross Greer was in Balloch with local residents today (20 May) to present over 53,000 objections- a record number for any planning application in Scottish history- to plans for a Flamingoland development on the shores ofLoch Lomond at Balloch.

Greens surge ahead of Labour, Tories and Lib Dems

Sun 19 May, 2019

The Scottish Greens have surged ahead of Labour, Tories and Lib Dems in the race for the European Parliament, according to the latest YouGov poll.

The poll shows that Scotland would elect its first Green MEP while the Tories and Lib Dems would miss out.

Alison Johnstone MSP said:

“These are the most important EU elections ever and the polling shows that the people of Scotland look likely to elect our first Green MEP.

Finnie welcomes Equal Protection support

Thu 16 May, 2019

Green MSP John Finnie has today (16 May) welcomed the publication of the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee Stage One report into his Member’s Bill, the Children (Equal Protection from Assault)(Scotland) Bill.

The Committee took evidence from a variety of witnesses, including academics, children and parenting organisations, police officers, social workers, religious organisations, health experts, with a majority of the witnesses at the committee supporting the proposals.

Climate must be at heart of future budgets

Tue 14 May, 2019

The Scottish Greens will not support future Scottish Government budgets unless Ministers prioritise tackling the climate emergency in all policy areas, according to the party’s Climate Spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP.

Responding to a statement for the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change in parliament, this afternoon Mr Ruskell welcomed the Scottish Government’s movement on the issues, but highlighting that action cannot wait.

Mark Ruskell MSP said:

Scot Gov must prove it is serious on climate emergency

Tue 14 May, 2019

Scottish Greens Climate Spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP has today challenged the Scottish Government to prove it’s serious about tackling the climate emergency, ahead of a major statement on the subject in parliament this afternoon. 

ICYMI: Scottish Greens win the weekend!

Scottish Greens Mon 13 May, 2019

What a weekend!  As well as all the sunshine, things started to hot up in the campaign for the European elections on 23 May. And it was the Scottish Greens making all the positive headlines with our message to choose hope over hate. If you missed any of it, here’s a wee round-up.
 

Sunday Mail endorses Scottish Greens