ABERDEENSHIRE EDUCATION CUTS START TO BITE

comms Wed 30 Mar, 2011

The reality of the cuts being forced on Scottish councils by SNP ministers was all too apparent at Aberdeenshire Council last Thursday (24 March).

Several papers at the Education, Learning and Leisure Committee dealt with proposed policy changes intended to give effect to budget cuts voted through the Council in November and February.

On the agenda were cuts to secondary teacher numbers, the number of depute heads in some academies and the provision of fruit for primary pupils, and the extension of charging for musical instrument tuition.

Greens overtake Lib Dems - Holyrood poll

Wed 30 Mar, 2011

For immediate release 29 March 2011

The Scottish Greens are polling ahead of the Lib Dems for the first time ever, according to the results of a YouGov opinion poll conducted for the Scotsman newspaper.

Patrick Harvie, co-convenor of the Scottish Greens, said:

Nuclear challenge as radioactive iodine reaches Glasgow

Tue 29 Mar, 2011

For immediate release 29 March 2011

Radioactive iodine, believed to be from the stricken Fukushima plant, has today been detected in Glasgow. This news should be the clearest message yet to the other political parties that there can be no future for nuclear power in Scotland, the Greens said.

Greens throw down debate gauntlet to SNP and Lib Dems

Tue 29 Mar, 2011

For immediate release 29 March 2011

The SNP and the Lib Dems were today challenged to support the Scottish Greens' inclusion in the TV election debates, which start tonight. In reply to a letter from the Greens to all party leaders, the Scottish Tories wrote that "Annabel is relaxed about who she debates against", while Labour said "we are broadly supportive of your position". A YouGov poll conducted over the weekend for the Scottish Greens showed 63% support for inclusion of a Green voice in the TV debates, with just 22% opposed.

Patrick Harvie said:

YouGov Poll: 63% back inclusion of Greens in TV debates

Tue 29 Mar, 2011

For immediate release 29 March 2011

The Scottish Greens today released the results of a YouGov poll conducted for the party over the weekend, indicating almost three to one support for the TV debates that start tomorrow to include the Scottish Greens alongside the four other parties represented in Holyrood's last session.

Eleanor Scott, the Greens' Co-convenor, said:

Greens: Local communities must be at the heart of renewables development

Mon 28 Mar, 2011

For immediate use Monday 28 March 2011

Ensuring a level playing field for local communities to tap into and benefit from Scotland's abundant renewable energy sources must be a central element in the country's energy policy, the Scottish Green Party insisted today.

Greens: Tax move means Tories and Lib Dems now one party

Mon 28 Mar, 2011

For immediate release 28 March 2011

The announcement by Vince Cable that the coalition will scrap the 50p top rate of tax today confirms the death of the Lib Dems as an independent party, Greens said.

Patrick Harvie said:

A nuclear election?

comms Mon 28 Mar, 2011

Astounding news from across the North Sea!

The German state of Baden-Wurttemberg is to have a Green prime minister, the first in the history of the German Greens. In the election at the weekend the Greens doubled their vote share to just over 24%, giving it enough to lead a coalition with the centre-left Social Democrats, after 58 years of rule by the conservative Christian Democrats.

Greens commit to NUS Scotland campaign

Sun 27 Mar, 2011

For immediate release 27 March 2011

Greens: £1m "land reform" fund for Scottish football fans

Sun 27 Mar, 2011

For immediate release 27 March 2011

The Scottish Greens today proposed an extension of land reform and the community right to buy to cover Scotland's football clubs, so fans would have first refusal when their club comes up for sale. The Greens also identified two sources of money to back fan buy-outs: first, from the