Greens announce nominations for Smith Commission on Devolution

The Scottish Greens have today (27 Sep) announced their nominations to join the Smith Commission on Devolution.

At a meeting of the party's national council it was agreed to put forward party co-conveners Cllr Maggie Chapman and MSP Patrick Harvie.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

"Maggie and I look forward to engaging constructively with the Commission and will argue strongly for genuine economic powers. Scotland needs the ability to develop economic policy that's right for our own circumstances, closing the inequality gap and speeding the transition to a sustainable society.

"However we have serious concerns that the Commission will only offer limited public engagement, and we will make the case for more meaningful participation.

"In light of the record turnout at the referendum, and the high level of political energy among so many in our communities, it is essential that whether people voted Yes or No they have a chance to participate in the devolution process. This cannot be allowed to be just another a stitch up between political parties."