Shutting down parliament is an assault on democracy

Mon 9 Sep, 2019

Responding to confirmation that the UK Parliament will be prorogued at close of business today, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said:

 

Pupil support assistants will not replace ASN staff, warns Ross Greer

Fri 6 Sep, 2019

The hiring of pupil support assistants by the Scottish Government is a smokescreen to obscure the growing lack of specialist provision, the Scottish Greens have said.

The party’s education spokesperson Ross Greer said: “Schools can always do with more classroom assistants, but we shouldn’t pretend they will replace specialists for pupils with additional needs.

Greens seek review of use of criminal immunity in wake of Allan Marshall case

Fri 6 Sep, 2019

Scottish Greens justice spokesperson John Finnie MSP has asked the Lord Advocate, James Wolffe, to clarify the use of criminal immunity in Scotland.

The former police officer has written to the senior Scottish Law Officer in the wake of scathing criticism by Sheriff Liddle, who presided in the Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) into the death of Allan Marshall in Saughton Prison.

Prison officers in that FAI were granted criminal immunity by the Crown.

Greens respond to court of session publishing documents 

Thu 5 Sep, 2019

Responding to the publication of UK Government documents by the Court of Session, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

Flamingoland rejection advice welcomed by Ross Greer

Thu 5 Sep, 2019

Officials for the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National park authority have recommended that its board reject the bid by Flamingoland to develop in Scotland’s national park.

The report notes the plan “has not demonstrated that there will be no adverse impacts on the character or integrity” of the existing asset.

The report is a recommendation only, with the final planning decision to be made by the board of the Park Authority after a public hearing on September 24th.

Scottish Government must do more to tackle drug deaths

Thu 5 Sep, 2019

The Scottish Government must do more, urgently, to deal with Scotland’s drug deaths crisis according to the Scottish Greens Health Spokesperson Alison Johnstone MSP. 

Ms Johnstone, who responded to a statement on the issue by the Minister for Public Health this afternoon (5 Sep), criticised the Scottish Government for failing to step up in the face of this public health emergency. 

Alison Johnstone MSP said: 

Scottish Greens call for more courage from Nicola Sturgeon on the climate emergency

Thu 5 Sep, 2019

The Scottish Greens have called for Nicola Sturgeon to be more bold in tackling the climate emergency than her programme for government was.

At First Minister’s Questions, Scottish Green parliamentary co-leader Alison Johnstone asked Sturgeon if she we would transfer the billions spent on major road projects into public transport, cycling and walking, as recommended by the independent review of the government’s own clean air strategy last week.

Peace and Disarmament are still key for Greens

John Hardy Thu 5 Sep, 2019

We face not only a climate emergency but also increased nuclear insecurity in our world today. The Scottish Greens have a consistent and recognised history of campaigning on both across Scotland, in Holyrood and internationally. 

Green SCND is a network of party activists campaigning for peace and disarmament. We need to act now on these critical threats we face together, and so:

  • We support the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition on Nuclear Weapons (TPNW)

Fox hunting ban left out of SNP's plans

Wed 4 Sep, 2019

Alison Johnstone’s proposed members bill is now MSPs' best chance to introduce a real ban on foxhunting, after SNP commitments to strengthen the laws did not appear in the programme for government.

A year ago Nicola Sturgeon promised to follow up on the Lord Bonomy review by strengthening the law, and then in January Mairi Gougeon pledged to bring forward a bill “during the course of the current parliamentary session”.

But no such bill appeared in this week’s programme for government.

Scottish Government abandons pledge on empty homes

Wed 4 Sep, 2019

The Scottish Government has abandoned its manifesto pledge to introduce compulsory sale orders to help councils deal with empty homes and regenerate vacant and derelict land, the housing minister confirmed today.

Speaking to the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee, Kevin Stewart admitted a commitment to give councils more powers to force sales of empty buildings will not be met in this parliament.