Scottish Greens stand up for school strikes

Thu 12 Sep, 2019

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been challenged to stand up for young people’s right to take part in the global school climate strikes on September 20.

Speaking at First Minister’s Questions, Green Lothians MSP Andy Wightman raised reports that young people in Edinburgh had been told they may face arrest if they attempt to march along Princes Street.

“Such reports are nonsense. No young person will face such action for exercising their rights to peaceful protest.”

Scottish Greens back climate target call

Thu 12 Sep, 2019

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland handed over a giant postcard to MSPs demanding stronger targets and action in the Climate Change Bill, which goes to final vote on Wednesday 25 September.

Scottish Green envrionment spokesperson Mark Ruskell has lodged a number of amendments to the bill.

Responding to the call from Stop Climate Chaos and others, Mark Ruskell said: 

Yellowhammer documents reveal no deal disaster

Thu 12 Sep, 2019

The so-called ‘Yellowhammer’ documents published last night by the UK Government show that Scotland is facing disaster in the face of Boris Johnson’s No Deal Brexit according to Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Alison Johnstone MSP.

The documents callously details that, ‘low income groups will be disproportionately affected by any price rises in food and fuel.’ 

Staff and patients must come first in Sick Kids delay

Wed 11 Sep, 2019

The Scottish Government must support the staff and patients of the Edinburgh children’s hospital while they are stuck in the old facilities, Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnstone has said.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman today told the Scottish Parliament the new hospital will not be ready for another year, at huge cost to the public purse.

SQA must cease business with Saudi Arabia

Wed 11 Sep, 2019

The Scottish Qualifications Agency has been slammed for support provided to the Saudi Arabian government, including its military, by Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer.

The Green MSP challenged the public body at the Scottish Parliament’s education committee demanding the exam body ends its links with the internationally-condemned regime after it revealed that no assessment has been made of what Saudi defence officials are using their SQA-provided training for.

Minister refuses to rule out selling Prestwick to US Military

Wed 11 Sep, 2019

Under questioning from the Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP at the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee this morning (11 Sep), The Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity refused to rule out selling Prestwick Airport to the US Military.

Court of Session rules prorogation unlawful

Wed 11 Sep, 2019

Responding to the judgement of the Inner House of the Court of Session, Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said:

“We’ll all need to study the detail of this ruling, but it seems clear that the criticism of Boris Johnson’s decision to shut down Parliament has been vindicated, and we therefore support the demand to recall Parliament.

Glasgow to host major climate conference 

Tue 10 Sep, 2019

Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP has welcomed the news that Glasgow is set to be confirmed as the host of next year’s major global climate conference. 

Glasgow MSP Patrick Harvie said: 

“I welcome the announcement that Glasgow is to host this major global climate conference. The science is clear, we have just a decade left to take the bold and urgent action required to transform our economy so that it works for people and planet. 

Scottish Government fails to identify crofting climate implications

Tue 10 Sep, 2019

The Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy failed to identify any implications for crofting of the climate emergency. 

Following her declaration of a climate emergency in April, the First Minister indicated that the Scottish Government would review all its policies, yet under questioning from Scottish Greens Rural and Island Communities Spokesperson John Finnie MSP, Mr Ewing failed to identify any issues in relation to crofting. 

John Finnie MSP said: 

Fox hunting sympathies revealed in Scottish Government cabinet

Tue 10 Sep, 2019

Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnstone has asked for clarification from the Scottish Government after it emerged that Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing supports current loopholes in fox hunting laws and wants to continue to allow the use of dogs when hunting and killing foxes.