Offshore wind farm investment in Scotland welcomed by Greens

21 July, 2016 - 10:33

A £300 million investment to build Scotland’s largest offshore wind test and demonstration facility has been welcomed by the Scottish Greens. [1]

The project by Swedish power company Vattenfall will test and demonstrate the latest offshore wind technology and the Scottish Greens’ co-convener sees it as a “welcome news” at the end of a difficult week in the fight against climate change.

Public services funding should come before Trident renewal says Green MSP

18 July, 2016 - 11:17

The funding of public services should take priority ahead of renewing Trident says Green MSP Mark Ruskell.

On Monday (18 July), the House of Commons will vote on whether to renew the weapons of mass destruction, based at the Faslane naval base, and the Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP wants to work with MPs and MSPs from all political parties to see the system scrapped.

Statement on Nice tragedy

15 July, 2016 - 08:50

The Scottish Greens’ co-convener, Patrick Harvie, has offered his condolences to the people of France after a large number of people were killed and injured in the city of Nice.

Harvie said:

“I’m deeply saddened by this appalling and senseless attack and we offer our sympathy and support to the people of France at this difficult time. I’d urge any visitors from Scotland and the UK who are in Nice to get in touch with the British embassy if they haven’t done so already.”

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Greens call on new PM to outline government plans to MSPs

13 July, 2016 - 16:59

The Scottish Greens are calling on all political parties at Holyrood to hold the line in defence of Scotland’s interests when the new Prime Minister, Theresa May takes office. Greens have proposed that Mrs May should be asked to give evidence to MSPs in her first few months in office to discuss her plans for government.

Patrick Harvie MSP, the Scottish Greens’ co-convener raised concerns over May’s voting record in Parliament, and underlined that Scotland’s democratic mandate must be respected by a Prime Minister with only one MP in Scotland.

Corporate tax game rigged against the common good

Patrick Harvie MSP 8 July, 2016 - 09:47

At this point in the Holyrood calendar MSPs are normally looking forward to a quieter time over the summer recess, while the committee clerks and government officials are preparing for the budget process which begins when Holyrood returns in September.

As you may have noticed, this is no ordinary year.

Harvie: Scottish Labour quick to abandon approach to Scotland staying in EU

7 July, 2016 - 16:15

Responding to a speech by the Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, in which she appeared to abandon her willingness to keep Scotland in Europe, Scottish Greens say Labour took only a fortnight to abandon its “open-mindedness to Scotland’s constitutional future”.

Dugdale made clear in her speech her continued opposition to independence by saying: “I’ll keep arguing we’re stronger in UK with our biggest trading partner than we would be on our own.”

Chilcot report a damning indictment of Blair & Bush's warmongering

6 July, 2016 - 12:26

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, today said the findings of the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War justify the widespread public anger over unnecessary loss of life.

Electrification delay will be frustrating for Glasgow-Edinburgh rail users

5 July, 2016 - 16:14

Responding to news that the electrification of the rail line between Edinburgh and Glasgow won't be completed until July next year - seven months behind schedule - Patrick Harvie, Scottish Green MSP for Glasgow, said:

Ruskell: Shell must leave North Sea in same way it found it

5 July, 2016 - 14:48

Shell has a duty to tidy up its North Sea mess and not leave behind concrete or steel structures say the Scottish Greens.

Responding to an article in today’s Financial Times [1], Mark Ruskell MSP the party’s climate, energy and environment spokesperson said the oil and gas giant should leave the North Sea in the same way they found it and apply the same determination it had in the 60s and 70s.

We cannot allow A&E progress to stall

5 July, 2016 - 12:33

Responding to new figures showing a drop in the number of Accident and Emergency patients being seen within four hours, Alison Johnstone, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Lothian, said: