Scottish Greens will take no part in Tory plot

Tue 9 Mar, 2021

Scottish Green MSPs have refused to take part in Tory plots to undermine the integrity of the Scottish Parliament.

The Scottish Greens will not back the Scottish Conservative motion of no confidence in John Swinney after glaring hypocrisy from the Tories, who crowed about evidence being released last week but this week declared that it wasn’t enough.

Greens call out lack of urgency on Mossmorran transition

Tue 9 Mar, 2021

The Scottish Greens have criticised the Scottish Government for failing to commit to a just transition plan for Mossmorran, despite the First Minister agreeing to ‘look at all options’ for the aging fossil fuel plant last year.

The criticism comes as the Scottish Parliament debates the Government’s climate change plan, with the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee saying major action and transformational change across all sectors is now urgently required to address the climate emergency.

Scottish Greens secure pandemic budget deal

Mon 8 Mar, 2021

Scottish Greens have secured emergency relief payments for low income households as part of a major budget deal with the Scottish Government to tackle poverty, give frontline workers a pay rise and sow the seeds of a green recovery.

The budget deal will see a Pandemic Relief Payment, providing direct payments of up to £330 this year to around half a million low income households who have been hit hardest by the pandemic.

The Scottish Green Budget deal 2021/22

Mon 8 Mar, 2021

The Scottish Greens have agreed a major budget deal with the Scottish Government to tackle rising poverty, give frontline workers a pay rise and sow the seeds of a green recovery. Here’s what we’ve delivered.

Pandemic Relief Payments

To help tackle rising poverty, particularly amongst children and families, £100m will be allocated to Pandemic Relief Payments.

A payment of £130 will be made to approximately half a million low income households in early summer, targeted at those in receipt of Council Tax Relief.

Scottish Greens on course for record result

Mon 1 Mar, 2021

A new opinion poll published today by Daily Record/Survation has the Scottish Greens set for a record result in May’s election.

The poll suggests the party could claim eleven seats in the Scottish Parliament, more than doubling its current contingent of MSPs.

Commenting, Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater said:

New Scottish Labour leader faces indyref row

Sat 27 Feb, 2021

The new leader of Scottish Labour faces internal divisions over an independence referendum.

Anas Sarwar has been elected to replace Richard Leonard, fending off a challenge from Monica Lennon.

Commenting, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said:

“I welcome Anas Sarwar to his new role, but he faces a divided party. Anas has been clear that Scottish Labour would stand in the way of Scots having a say over their future, but this will not play well with around a third of Labour voters who now say they would back independence.

Workplace protections must be improved while vaccines rolled out

Fri 26 Feb, 2021

Responding to the decision of the JCVI to continue to prioritise the rollout of vaccines through age cohorts, Scottish Greens MSP Mark Ruskell, a member of Holyrood’s COVID-19 Committee, said:

Greens: Labour trident pledge shows need for independence

Fri 26 Feb, 2021

Spending £100 billion on nuclear weapons would an obscenity, particularly when we are rebuilding from COVID, say the Scottish Greens. This comes as Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, John Healey MP, is expected to use a speech to reinforce the Labour Party's support for renewing Trident.

Responding, Patrick Harvie MSP, co-leader of the Scottish Greens said:

Scottish Greens on course for record result

Thu 25 Feb, 2021

A new opinion poll published today by STV/Ipsos-Mori shows the Scottish Greens set for a record result in May’s election.

The poll suggests the party could claim nine seats in the Scottish Parliament, a 50% increase on its 2016 haul.

Commenting, Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater said:

Greens: Railways can pave way to green recovery

Wed 24 Feb, 2021

Scotland’s railways can play a crucial role in getting Scotland moving again while cutting dangerous climate emissions, the Scottish Greens have said.

In the last debate led by Scottish Green transport spokesperson John Finnie before he retires at the election, the party’s £22bn ‘Rail For All’ proposals to upgrade, nationalise and electrify the railways were introduced to parliament.