European Greens agree all options needed to keep Scotland in EU

4 December, 2016 - 14:41

At its Council meeting in Glasgow on Sunday, the European Greens, one of the continent’s major political groupings, passed a resolution stating that ‘all options will be explored to ensure Scotland, Northern Ireland and Gilbraltar and their people can retain their membership of the EU.’ 

Nicola Sturgeon meets Green family helping Scotland to stay in EU

2 December, 2016 - 18:19

Scottish Greens’ co-convener, Patrick Harvie welcomed Nicola Sturgeon to a pro-European gathering in Glasgow today, the largest Scotland has ever held.

The First Minister addressed an audience assembled at the European Green Party Congress in Strathclyde University, where Mr Harvie outlined the need for progressive, pro-European parties to work constructively together. It’s the first time the EGP has held the event in Scotland.

Moving classroom support & local democracy up the agenda

Patrick Harvie MSP

Tories say they are the “strong opposition”, Labour just want to oppose. Scottish Greens are in Holyrood to do a different sort of job – have bold ideas and get stuff done.

This week was our once-a-year opportunity to choose the topics up for debate. Every child has a right to education. But teachers, parents and young people have been giving us blunt warnings.

Greens make case for public sector rail bid to minister

1 December, 2016 - 12:59

The Scottish Green Party has met with the transport minister to make the case for a public sector bidder for future rail franchises.

Green transport spokesperson, John Finnie MSP met with Humza Yousaf, along with other political parties, in a bid to find solutions to improve the performance of Scotland’s rail network.

Finnie outlined how he looked forward to his party’s input being reflected in the government’s “options paper” due before the next meeting in January.

We'll keep fighting for Additional Support Needs & local democracy

30 November, 2016 - 18:02

Scottish Green MSPs tonight (30 Nov) pledged to keep up the fight to reverse cuts to Additional Support Needs in schools and end the centralisation of public services, after leading two Holyrood debates on the issues.

In the debate on Additional Support Needs, SNP and Conservative MSPs voted to remove the Green call for a Scottish budget that raises additional revenue to invest in local education priorities.

In the debate on Local Democracy, SNP and Conservative MSPs voted to remove the Greens' endorsement of the cross-party Strengthening Local Democracy report.

Teacher recruitment plans fall short of what's needed

30 November, 2016 - 11:54

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (30 Nov) said funding from the Scottish Government to bring new teachers into the profession falls short of what's needed.

Education Secretary John Swinney has announced £1million to persuade former teachers to return and for fast-tracking of graduates.

Ross Greer MSP said:

Greens lead Holyrood debates on education and ending centralisation

30 November, 2016 - 09:00

Scottish Green MSPs will today (30 Nov) lead two Holyrood debates on issues key to the forthcoming council elections.

Education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP will lead a debate on the need to reverse cuts to Additional Support Needs in schools, while Local Government spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP will lead a debate on the need to strengthen local democracy and end 50 years of centralisation of public services.

Good to see action against rogue landlords

29 November, 2016 - 14:50

Patrick Harvie, Scottish Green MSP for Glasgow, today (29 Nov) reacted to news that six landlords in the Govanhill area of Glasgow have been barred by the city council and will now face criminal prosecution.

The landlords failed to provide a range of certification including an enhanced criminal record check, buildings insurances, energy performance, gas safety and confirmation that tenants received tenant information packs.

Patrick Harvie, Scottish Green MSP for Glasgow, said:

Scottish consent for ‘Hard Brexit’ unlikely says Green MSP

29 November, 2016 - 13:44

A meeting of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly has heard that they should not expect the Scottish Parliament to consent to a damaging Brexit deal that the country didn’t vote for.

We must ensure we’re not simply shifting NHS pressures

29 November, 2016 - 13:38

Responding to publication of a new strategy which aims to free up hospital outpatient appointments by referring some patients to community healthcare professionals, Alison Johnstone MSP, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said: