Boris Johnson visit during lockdown unnecessary

Thu 28 Jan, 2021

Boris Johnson’s decision to visit Scotland today to ‘save the union’ is unnecessary during COVID restrictions, the Scottish Greens have said.

The Prime Minister is due to visit Scotland today in an attempt to tackle ‘separatism’.

Responding, Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater said: “Normally we would welcome a visit from the Prime Minister, given every time he comes to Scotland support for a different future for our country goes up.

Scottish Green Mountain Hare protections begin in March

Wed 27 Jan, 2021

Protections for Mountain Hares hard-won by the Scottish Greens will come into force in March, it has been confirmed.

According to regulations introduced to Holyrood today, it will be illegal to intentionally kill, injure or take mountain hares at any time unless a licence is obtained from 1 March 2021.

This is because Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnstone forced the Scottish Government’s hand to accept licensing in last year’s Wildlife legislation.

Greens seek ambition in Scottish Budget

Tue 26 Jan, 2021

This week’s Scottish budget must show ambition for a fair recovery from the pandemic and urgency in tackling the climate crisis, the Scottish Greens have said.

Unlike other opposition parties, the Scottish Greens have consistently made an impact on the Scottish Government’s spending plans over the last five years.

Quarantine hotels should be extended to communities

Tue 26 Jan, 2021

Proposed quarantine hotels for international travellers should be extended to communities to allow people to self-isolate when needed, the Scottish Greens have said.

The Scottish Government has been considering the use of hotels to boost self isolation numbers since the Scottish Greens first raised it last May, yet today confirmed they are seeking hotel provision for international visitors to allow them to quarantine on arrival.

Governments must up ambition for Glasgow climate breakthrough

Sun 24 Jan, 2021

The new US. President’s decision to immediately re-join the Paris climate agreement and commit to going further offers hope that the UN Climate Summit in Glasgow this year can deliver a much-needed breakthrough, Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater has said.

Joe Biden has appointed former US. Secretary of State John Kerry as his ‘special presidential envoy on climate’ a signal that the new administration in the White House takes the issue extremely seriously.

Greens welcome latest poll

Sat 23 Jan, 2021

Responding to the publication of the Sunday Times/Panelbase poll, which shows the Scottish Greens on course for a record result in May, Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater said:

“This welcome poll is just the latest to suggest that the Scottish Greens can return a record number of MSPs in May.

“It’s clear that the public appreciate the constructive approach to opposition adopted by the Greens which has seen us punch well above our weight, delivering for the people of Scotland.

Virus update shows urgent need to improve support

Sat 23 Jan, 2021

Responding to the update from the UK Government that there is some evidence that the new Covid-19 variant may be associated with a higher degree of mortality, Scottish Greens MSP Mark Ruskell, a member of the Scottish Parliament’s COVID-19 Committee, said:

“The news that the UK variant is both more transmissible and that it may result in a higher degree of mortality is extremely concerning and shows why governments must respond to the pandemic with the utmost caution.

Scotland should sign anti nuke treaty

Fri 22 Jan, 2021

Scotland should accede to the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons the moment it becomes independent, the Scottish Greens have said.

On the day the treaty, which makes the ownership, proliferation or testing of nuclear weapons illegal, comes into force, Scottish Greens external affairs spokesperson Ross Greer said: “This is a momentous day in the campaign to rid the world of these brutal and indiscriminate weapons of mass slaughter.

Greens leader Lorna Slater to contest Leith seat

Thu 21 Jan, 2021

Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater has been selected by local party members to stand in Edinburgh Northern and Leith in the Holyrood election.

Ms Slater is an electro-mechanical engineer working in marine renewable energy, most recently project-managing the construction of powertrains for the world’s most powerful tidal turbine, which is currently being assembled in Dundee.

A Leith resident, she stood in in the Leith Walk by-election in 2019 where she beat Labour to claim a strong second and was then elected co-leader of the party.

Free bus travel for young people delivered by Scottish Greens

Thu 21 Jan, 2021

Legislation guaranteeing free bus travel for every young person in Scotland under 19 has been laid before the Scottish Parliament, delivering on budget commitments delivered by the Scottish Greens.

Transport Secretary Michael Matheson today confirms that the Scottish Government will proceed with the plans in 2021, thanks to the budget deal struck with the Scottish Greens last year.