Greens call on new PM to outline government plans to MSPs

The Scottish Greens are calling on all political parties at Holyrood to hold the line in defence of Scotland’s interests when the new Prime Minister, Theresa May takes office. Greens have proposed that Mrs May should be asked to give evidence to MSPs in her first few months in office to discuss her plans for government.

Patrick Harvie MSP, the Scottish Greens’ co-convener raised concerns over May’s voting record in Parliament, and underlined that Scotland’s democratic mandate must be respected by a Prime Minister with only one MP in Scotland.

Harvie said:

“The task faced by the new Prime Minister will require her to work constructively with opposition parties and the devolved bodies, however voters in Scotland will be troubled by her record on issues from civil liberties to climate change, and from the Bedroom Tax to intervention in Iraq and Syria. [1]

“It’s critical that Theresa May respects the fact that Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain in the European Union, and that she allows the Scottish Government to explore every way possible to ensure our continued EU membership. Scotland rejected the Tories at the election last year and in acknowledging this, I hope that the incoming Prime Minister is willing to come to the Scottish Parliament to set out her plans for government.”

Harvie added:

“It’s appropriate to point out that on the day that the new Prime Minister takes office, a report by Citizens Advice Scotland makes clear that social security is failing the most vulnerable in our country and that the bureaux have experienced a steep increase in food bank inquiries. That is the legacy of her predecessor and she has a duty to set it right.” [2]