Scotland can be a thriving, welcoming and internationalist country

Ross Greer MSP Fri 11 May, 2018

If it wasn’t obvious before, these last few weeks have shown just how rotten the UK government and its immigration systems in particular are for those unfortunate enough to experience them.

They have themselves made a far stronger case for devolving immigration & asylum powers to Scotland than we could ourselves, causing untold damage to families, communities and our national economy in the name of Theresa May’s ‘hostile environment’ policies and obsession with slashing the number of people coming to this country.

Brexit: Lack of customs union clarity embarrassing say Greens

Thu 10 May, 2018

The appearance of two senior UK government ministers at a Holyrood committee today has been called embarrassing by the Scottish Greens.

Ross Greer MSP, the party’s Europe spokesperson, says the evidence provided by David Mundell and Robin Walker shows they still don’t know what the UK’s post-Brexit custom union arrangements will look like and that the government’s indecision risks damaging the peace process in Ireland. Alarmingly, after repeated questioning, they could not confirm when a decision on customs options would be made.

Harvie urges SNP, Labour & Lib Dem MSPs to stand together against Tory devolution demolition squad

Thu 10 May, 2018

Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP is urging SNP, Labour and Lib Dem MSPs to stand together against Theresa May & Ruth Davidson’s devolution “demolition squad” in light of today’s (10 May) report from Holyrood’s Finance & Constitution Committee, which recommends that MSPs reject key sections of the UK Government’s EU Withdrawal Bill when it is put to a Legislative Consent Motion vote on Tuesday (15 May).

Fracking: Greens condemn INEOS over ban hold up

Wed 9 May, 2018

Scotland does not want fracking and multi-nationals determined to ignore this are responsible for creating deliberate uncertainty over a ban, says a Green MSP.

Mark Ruskell MSP, the Scottish Greens’ energy spokesperson, is calling INEO’S legal bid a “desperate” last-ditch attempt to cause uncertainty from a fossil fuel giant that knows it has the lost the argument.

Ruskell, a Mid Scotland and Fife MSP said:

Minister urged by Greens to stop salmon farm expansion

Wed 9 May, 2018

The rural economy minister is under pressure from the Scottish Greens to put a moratorium in place on fish farm expansion in Scotland.

Greens bid to bolster ethical aims of new investment bank

Tue 8 May, 2018

The Scottish Greens today outlined distinct plans for the proposed Scottish National Investment Bank to have robust policies on ethical investments, a push towards a zero carbon economy and overall greater scrutiny.

Green MSP Andy Wightman will attempt to win backing from Holyrood’s parties for his amendment to provide the new bank with better “social and environmental outcomes”, including an obligation to deliver strategic housing investment.

Local economies on track for a boost thanks to Local Rail Development Fund, a Green budget win

Mon 7 May, 2018

Local economies across Scotland are on track for a boost thanks to a new £2 million Local Rail Development Fund set up during the Scottish Greens' negotiations with the Scottish Government over the 2018-19 budget.

The fund is open for bids until Friday 8 June, with community groups, local councils and transport partnerships able to apply for funding to help them progress the business cases for new stations and lines.

The Tories are throwing a wrecking ball at the devolution settlement

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 4 May, 2018

When is consent not consent? This kind of question can be complicated, and when it becomes the focus of both public debate and legal process disagreements and misunderstandings can arise because of nothing more than woolly use of language. Most of us have an instinctive idea of what consent means, but until we actually discuss it openly we can’t rely on the assumption that we all share the same definition.

Hunterston reactor cracks: Green MSP wants public to have a say

Thu 3 May, 2018

A Green MSP is challenging the Scottish Government to give the community living near the Hunterston B nuclear power station a say in any decision to extend the plant’s lifetime after reports emerged today that cracks have been discovered in a reactor.

West of Scotland MSP Ross Greer says the lack of public consultation has been unacceptable while highlighting that European law says all ageing nuclear power stations should have an environmental impact assessment comparing their continued operation against alternative sources of energy such as renewables.

Harvie takes FM to task over education, urging her to drop unwanted reforms and change direction

Thu 3 May, 2018

Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP today took the First Minister to task over her government's proposed changes to the way schools are run, urging her to drop the ‘unwanted, unneeded’ reforms and change direction.