Harvie: Scotland must be given a way out of Brexit crisis

Thu 21 Mar, 2019

Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co Leader Patrick Harvie has today (21 March) called on the First Minister to reveal her preferred timing for an independence referendum, in light of the impending Brexit disaster.

In January, the First Minister advised that she would update the people of Scotland in a matter of weeks. Two months later, no announcement has yet been made. In light of the crisis brought about by the Prime Minister, Scotland needs the opportunity to take a different decision.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

NEW SPECIES CHAMPION JOHN FINNIE HAILS PROTECTION FOR BEAVERS

Tue 19 Mar, 2019

Scottish Green MSP John Finnie – announced today as the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s new champion for the Eurasian beaver – has welcomed new legal protections for the species, despite Tory attempts to block progress.

The Scottish Parliament’s Environment Committee today agreed to add the beaver to a list of European protected species, which will mean they can only be culled under licence and after other management steps have failed.

John Finnie writes to FM on drug deaths

Tue 19 Mar, 2019

At First Minister’s Questions on Thursday Green MSP John Finnie called on the Scottish Government to establish a public inquiry into Scotland’s drug deaths crisis. 

Mr Finnie has now written to Nicola Sturgeon, noting that a public inquiry is, “the best manner of establishing every aspect of this problem and to give Government the evidence required to address it comprehensively.”

Scotland saw a record 934 drug deaths in 2017. It is feared the figure for 2018 could be significantly higher.

FMQs: Ruskell raises horrific fox hunting video

Thu 14 Mar, 2019

Scottish Greens Environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP this afternoon (14 March) challenged the First Minister on fox hunting, following the publication of horrific footage posted online over the weekend. [1]

Mr Ruskell asked the First Minister whether, in light of the footage, she felt it was ever acceptable to hunt foxes with dogs. The First Minister failed to respond directly to the question.

Mark Ruskell MSP said:

Finnie calls for drug deaths inquiry

Thu 14 Mar, 2019

Green MSP John Finnie has today (14 March) called on the Scottish Government to instruct a statutory public inquiry into drugs deaths in Scotland.

Mr Finnie, who is the Co-Convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Drug and Alcohol Misuse, questioned the First Minister on the rising number of drug deaths in Scotland, in parliament this afternoon.

Scotland saw a record 934 drug deaths in 2017, in comparison there were 146 road traffic deaths in the same year.

It is feared the figure for 2018 could be significantly higher.

John Finnie MSP said:

Greens call for Social Security Assessment Improvements after “shocking” appeal statistics released

Thu 14 Mar, 2019

Scottish Greens have criticised the UK Government’s approach to assessing eligibility for disability benefits after the release of figures showing that nearly three quarters of those who appeal a decision have their complaints upheld.

73% of people who lodged appeals against decision made regarding their eligibility for Personal Independence Payment won their appeals. This is a 1% increase on the previous quarter. Across the UK, 15,372 people had their appeals upheld.

Poll reveals increased majority in favour of 20mph

Thu 14 Mar, 2019

Mark Ruskell MSP has today (14 March) revealed polling which shows that a clear majority of people support his proposal to change the default speed limits on the streets where we live, work and play to 20mph.

A poll conducted by Survation shows that once those who neither agreed nor disagreed with the policy were removed, 72% of people said they support the introduction of 20mph default speed limits. This has risen from 65% in 2017, excluding those who neither agreed nor disagreed. 

Glasgow becomes latest council to back youth climate strikes

Tue 12 Mar, 2019

Glasgow City Council has become the latest to confirm that students who miss school to take part in global climate protests will not face punishment if they have the support of parents or carers.

Tory bid will allow beaver killing to continue

Tue 12 Mar, 2019

Green MSP Mark Ruskell has slammed Tory MSPs on the Parliament’s Environment Committee for trying to block moves to protect beavers from indiscriminate killing.

Tory MSP John Scott this morning said that his party would attempt to annul amendments to conservation regulations, which will make beavers in Scotland a European protected species and ensure that culls can only happen under licence and after other steps have failed.

Wightman: Ministers must go further on information accessibility

Tue 12 Mar, 2019

Following his debate this evening (12 March), Scottish Greens Land Reform spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP has welcomed confirmation from the Minister for the Digital Economy that the Scottish Government will review the costs associated with accessing some information.

However, Mr Wightman highlighted that Ministers must go much further to ensure that citizens are able to access important information on the ownership, use and value of land.

Andy Wightman MSP said: