Johnstone & Wightman welcome ruling which saves Jim's Farm

Wed 3 Oct, 2018

Alison Johnstone and Andy Wightman, Scottish Green MSPs for Lothian, today (3 Oct) welcomed a ruling which prevents a farmer being removed from his Midlothian home so landlords can sell the site to developers proposing a film studio.

Alison and Andy have campaigned in support of Jim Telfer who faced eviction from smallholdings at Damhead where Scottish Ministers controversially gave planning approval for a film studio in December last year.

Now the Scottish Land Court has found that the landlord has no lawful grounds to resume Mr Telfer’s tenancy.

Finnie highlights warnings from bus industry experts on Transport Bill

Wed 3 Oct, 2018

Scottish Greens transport spokesperson John Finnie MSP today (3 Oct) highlighted warnings from bus industry experts that the Scottish Government’s proposed Transport Bill won’t reverse the year-on-year decline in bus use.

Bus patronage in Scotland has fallen by 43 million trips in the last five years.

At today’s meeting of Holyrood’s Rural Economy & Connectivity Committee, Mr Finnie questioned a range of experts on whether the Transport Bill will arrest the decline.

Momentum toward 20mph growing with new health backing & Wales joining the race

Tue 2 Oct, 2018

The Scottish Greens today (2 Oct) said momentum toward 20mph speed limits in built-up streets is growing as a new group of health experts backs Green MSP Mark Ruskell's Safer Streets Bill, and as Wales joins the race to implement a safer speed limit.

Ministers must speed up action on social care staffing given rise in patients stuck in hospital

Tue 2 Oct, 2018

The Scottish Greens are calling for Scottish Ministers to “speed up action” on social care staffing, as new figures show a rise in patients stuck in hospital - the vast majority of them waiting for social care.

In August this year, 43,913 days were spent in hospital by people whose discharge was delayed - an increase of five per cent compared with August last year. 75 per cent were delayed due to lack of social care provision.

Tackle child poverty by making childcare flexible & affordable & by uprating devolved benefits in line with inflation

Tue 2 Oct, 2018

We're backing calls by social researchers for the Scottish Government to tackle child poverty by making childcare more flexible and affordable, and by uprating devolved benefits in line with inflation.

Campaign to save Loch Lomond from controversial development receives boost

Mon 1 Oct, 2018

The campaign to save ancient woodland and public land on the shores of Loch Lomond from a controversial hotel and monorail development has received a major boost after over 20,000 objections were received in under a week via a website set up by Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer. 

The submissions, to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority - the body that will decide whether to give planning permission – add to the 1,000 people who had already lodged an objection.

Climate Weak: Scot Gov claim to be world leader is becoming absurd

Mark Ruskell MSP Mon 1 Oct, 2018

This week the Scottish Government is running a five-day "Climate Week", no doubt celebratory in tone, but there are three key areas where their claims of being a “world leader in climate change” are becoming absurd.

We need a Scottish immigration policy based on our humanitarian & welcoming culture

Maggie Chapman Fri 28 Sep, 2018

Immigration has been central to the politics of the EU Referendum.

People in most political parties supporting the Leave campaign got involved in immigrant bashing. People in most political parties on the remain side talked about “controls on immigration”. We had vans being driven round our cities telling immigrants to “go home”.

Johnstone hits out at Scottish Ministers over lack of urgency on children's services at St John's

Thu 27 Sep, 2018

Alison Johnstone, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Lothian, today hit out at Scottish Ministers for a "complete lack of urgency" over long-running staffing issues that have reduced children's services at St John's hospital in Livingston.

Responding to a statement in Parliament by the Health Secretary, Alison said:

Climate reputation will be a sham warns Harvie

Thu 27 Sep, 2018

The government’s reputation on tackling climate change will be branded a sham if it continues to give the fossil fuel industry the message that it should “keep on drilling” says Patrick Harvie.

Citing a report by the Committee on Climate Change at First Minister’s Question, Harvie, the Scottish Greens’ co-convener, criticised the government for its lack of action in cutting transport, agriculture, forestry and land use emissions.