Harvie: It’s time that the people of Scotland were given a choice over their future.

Mon 5 Aug, 2019

Responding to news that a majority of Scots are now in favour of independence Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said:  

“It’s time that the people of Scotland were given a choice over their future. 

Harvie and Slater elected Green Co-Leaders

Thu 1 Aug, 2019

Patrick Harvie MSP and Lorna Slater have been elected as the new Co-Leaders of the Scottish Green Party following a month long election process. The result was announced in Edinburgh this afternoon.

The party adopted a new constitution at its spring conference meaning that it would elect leaders for the first time, effectively replacing the co-convenor position within the party.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Greens slam two child limit

Wed 31 Jul, 2019

Greens today branded as "shocking" new statistics that show the extent of impact of child limits to Tax Credits in Scotland.

The new figures show that, at 2 April, more than 8,000 families were hit by the cut. The Institute for Fiscal Studies estimates that families can lose up to £3,000 a year or 10% of average income.

The controversial 'rape clause' which provides an exemption to the limit in cases of consensual conception applies to 50 families in Scotland.

Alison Johnstone MSP, Scottish Greens Social Security Spokesperson, said:

Green candidate visits wildlife sanctuary

Mon 29 Jul, 2019

Scottish Greens Shetland by election candidate Debra Nicolson visited Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday to discuss the impacts of climate change and plastic pollution on local wildlife.

Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary has been rescuing and rehabilitating sick, injured and abandoned seals and otters so they can be safely released back into the wild where they belong for over thirty years. The centre also helps coordinate a network of volunteers who rescue whales, dolphins and porpoises that occasionally strand or become entangled on the Shetland coastline.

Harvie: Scotland needs a route out of Boris’ Brexit Britain

Tue 23 Jul, 2019

The people of Scotland must be given the chance to escape Boris Johnson’s Brexit Britain now that the Tory MP is set to become the UK’s new Prime Minister according to the Scottish Greens Co-Convenor Patrick Harvie MSP.  

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

“The people of Scotland didn’t vote for Brexit, we didn’t vote for a Tory government and I’m certain that given the choice we wouldn’t have voted for Boris Johnson either. 

Expert panel backs Green budget win 

Wed 17 Jul, 2019

An expert panel has backed a Scottish Greens proposal to tackle throwaway plastics by introducing a charge of around 25p on disposable drinks cup. [1]

Power is still linked to land in Scotland

Andy Wightman MSP Wed 17 Jul, 2019

At the heart of environmental concerns is the question of power - who has it, how they exercise it and to whom are they accountable.

Although the Scottish Government make great play of recent moves to empower communities, the reality is quite different.

The Community Empowerment Act was passed in 2015 and was designed to give communities a voice and enable citizens to have a greater say over their local area.

Scottish Greens welcome Greta Thunberg's challenge to MSPs

Tue 16 Jul, 2019

The Scottish Greens have welcomed a challenge set by climate activist Greta Thunberg that MSPs should “step up their game” in tackling climate change.

The Swedish climate strike leader was presented with an environmental award by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for inspiring children across the globe to campaign vocally for action from politicians to address the climate emergency.

“It is important that older people and the people in power listen to young people,” Greta Thunberg said.

Urgent action required to tackle drugs emergency say Greens

Tue 16 Jul, 2019

Both the Scottish and UK Governments must take urgent action to tackle Scotland’s drugs death emergency following new figures [1], which revealed there were 1,187 drug deaths in 2018 according to Scottish Greens MSP John Finnie. 

The figures represent a 27% increase of the 2017, which were themselves record setting, and mean Scotland continues to have the highest rate of drugs deaths in Europe.

John Finnie MSP said:

Scotland's drug deaths are a national emergency

John Finnie MSP Tue 16 Jul, 2019

It is shocking to see Scotland with the one of the worst drug death rates in the world.

From tackling heroin and the AIDS threat in the 1990s to minimum unit pricing on alcohol, Scotland has a track record in harm reduction, which prioritises the health and safety of our people over moral judgement.

It's needed now more than ever.

We have seen London take an interest in Scotland’s approach to knife crime. Hopefully now the UK Government will take notice of progressive thinking on drugs policy, but I have my doubts.