Harvie: Indyref should take place during this Parliament

Wed 29 May, 2019

Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP today insisted that while the newly published Referendums Bill contains no specific commitment to an independence referendum during this parliament on the face of the Bill, such a referendum should take place on that timescale.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Tory, Labour and Lib Dem MSPs hypocrites on workplace parking

Wed 29 May, 2019

Tory, Labour and Lib Dem MSPs have been labelled as hypocrites by Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP after a cross party report came to light suggesting all these parties had given their support to the introduction of workplace parking levies.

Finnie to lead Equal Protection debate

Tue 28 May, 2019

Highlands and Islands Green MSP John Finnie will this afternoon (28 May) lead a Scottish Parliament debate on his Member’s Bill.

Mr Finnie will invite MSPs to agree to the general principles of the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill following the stage one debate. If passed the bill would prohibit the physical punishment of children.

John Finnie MSP said:

FMQs: JOHNSTONE DEMANDS SAFER WALKING AND CYCLING

Wed 22 May, 2019

Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Alison Johnstone MSP has urged the First Minister to make Scotland’s streets safer after a new report showed that children from the most deprived areas are three times more likely to be killed or injured while walking and cycling than those from better off communities.

She called on the Government to back Mark Ruskell MSP’s bill to make 20mph the default speed limit in residential areas as a vital public health measure.

Alison Johnstone MSP said:

GREENS SAY WELFARE REFORMS MUST END AFTER DAMNING REPORT

Wed 22 May, 2019

Greens today called for a substantial re-investment in social security, after a major new report slammed UK Government welfare reforms for driving significantly increased poverty.

Phillip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty, has slammed cuts to the social security system, saying that the UK Government has “doubled down on [an] agenda to reduce benefits by every means available."

Alison Johnstone MSP, Scottish Greens Parliamentary co-leader, said:

WIGHTMAN BLASTS SNP-TORY SABOTAGE ON SHORT TERM LETS

Tue 21 May, 2019

Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman, who has led the campaign for tighter controls over short-term lets, has accused the SNP and Tories of conspiring to water-down changes to the Planning Bill, which would have needed planning permission in all cases where a property was being changed from a main dwelling to a commercial let.

Tory MSP seeks amendment to transport bill for his own car

Tue 21 May, 2019

Motoring enthusiast and Tory MSP Murdo Fraser has lodged an amendment to the Transport Bill which would exclude his own classic car from low emission zone legislation.

Mr Fraser’s amendment would provide an exemption for cars over constructed over 30 years ago despite the far greater emissions from older vehicles. [2]

Tackling emissions from petrol and diesel powered vehicles is a key part of reducing air pollution and addressing the climate emergency.

Loch Lomond: Greens hand in record-breaking objections

Tue 21 May, 2019

Scottish Greens West Scotland MSP Ross Greer was in Balloch with local residents today (20 May) to present over 53,000 objections- a record number for any planning application in Scottish history- to plans for a Flamingoland development on the shores ofLoch Lomond at Balloch.

Greens surge ahead of Labour, Tories and Lib Dems

Sun 19 May, 2019

The Scottish Greens have surged ahead of Labour, Tories and Lib Dems in the race for the European Parliament, according to the latest YouGov poll.

The poll shows that Scotland would elect its first Green MEP while the Tories and Lib Dems would miss out.

Alison Johnstone MSP said:

“These are the most important EU elections ever and the polling shows that the people of Scotland look likely to elect our first Green MEP.

Finnie welcomes Equal Protection support

Thu 16 May, 2019

Green MSP John Finnie has today (16 May) welcomed the publication of the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee Stage One report into his Member’s Bill, the Children (Equal Protection from Assault)(Scotland) Bill.

The Committee took evidence from a variety of witnesses, including academics, children and parenting organisations, police officers, social workers, religious organisations, health experts, with a majority of the witnesses at the committee supporting the proposals.