Flightpath Win a Victory for Local Communities

Mark Ruskell MSP Tue 30 Oct, 2018

Yesterday, (Monday 29th October) the Civil Aviation Authority announced that it would not be approving Edinburgh Airport’s plans for eight new flightpaths, which were set to have major impacts on most of East Central Scotland, including along the Forth Coast in my region of Mid Scotland and Fife.

Scot Gov approach to education is alienating teachers, support staff, parents & pupils

Ross Greer MSP Fri 26 Oct, 2018

This Saturday I will be marching with teachers calling for a fair pay deal. Over the last 10 years, teachers have seen a 20% real terms cut to their pay as inflation has degraded the value of their wages. Now they have decided that enough is enough. They are demanding some of that lost value is returned to them. 


Ruskell welcomes SNP climb-down, after Ministers attempted to delay urgent action on climate

Thu 25 Oct, 2018

Scottish Greens climate change spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP today (25 Oct) welcomed the SNP Government’s climb-down, after Scottish Ministers were criticised for attempting to delay urgent action called for by global climate scientists.

“Ending Austerity” debate at Holyrood a missed opportunity

Wed 24 Oct, 2018

Today’s “Ending Austerity” debate at Holyrood is a missed opportunity, according to Scottish Greens Social Security spokesperson Alison Johnstone MSP.

Labour’s motion offers no solutions to austerity, while the SNP and Tory amendments attempt to delete the responsibilities of the Scottish and UK Governments.

Changes to Planning Bill will make land for house-building more affordable and tackle short-term lets

Wed 24 Oct, 2018

Changes agreed today (24 Oct) to the Scottish Government’s Planning Bill will help tackle Scotland’s housing crisis by making land for house-building more affordable and by better regulating short-term lets, according to Scottish Greens housing spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP.

Pedestrian deaths & cyclist injuries show need for safer speed limits, says Ruskell

Wed 24 Oct, 2018

Figures showing a rise in pedestrians killed in traffic collisions and the highest level of cyclists seriously hurt for ten years underline the need for safer speed limits in built-up areas, according to Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell.

Scot Gov Economic Action Plan contradictory & irresponsible, warns Harvie

Wed 24 Oct, 2018

The Scottish Government’s new Economic Action Plan is contradictory and irresponsible, according to Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP.

#SGPconf mandates MSPs to pressure SNP Gov to commit to action on local tax reform

Sat 20 Oct, 2018

Scottish Greens meeting at their Autumn conference in Glasgow today (20 Oct) mandated their MSPs to put further pressure on the minority SNP Government to commit to action on local tax reform to protect local services such as schools and social care. 


A motion approved by Green members describes the need for “meaningful progress” before MSPs enter into discussions over the 2019/20 budget, which is due to be published by SNP Ministers on 12 December.


Greens launch priorities for education - SNP given report card

Wed 17 Oct, 2018

SNP ministers are being invited to “copy the Scottish Greens’ homework” on closing the educational attainment gap as the government’s agenda continues to flounder.

Green education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP issued SNP ministers with a report card highlighting the government’s education policy failures, contrasting this with his party’s alternative priorities such as restoring teachers’ pay, increasing Additional Support Needs provision and employing poverty advisers in schools.

Empowering communities and delivering food security

Alison Johnstone MSP Tue 16 Oct, 2018

I previously wrote in the Evening News (Food for thought and a little thought for food) in support of calls from the Scottish Food Coalition for a right to food to be enshrined in Scots Law, to address our dependency on foodbanks to provide for people in our wealthy, food-producing nation.