Council elections: Greens warn of Tory threat

30 April, 2017 - 10:53

The Scottish Greens today called on voters in this week's council elections to reject candidates who have been campaigning on national rather than local issues, and urged them to use their first preference votes for Green candidates to stop Tories who would cut council services, facilities and jobs.

You can put councillors in place who will prioritise local needs

John Finnie MSP Fri 28 Apr

They say travel broadens the mind. And we could do with some broader thinking at this time. A narrow-minded Tory Prime Minister has called a General Election right in the middle of a vital local election campaign. That tells you all you need to know about how little the Tories value local council services.

Scot Gov must step in & halt Edinburgh airport's flawed consultation on expansion

27 April, 2017 - 16:26

Scottish Green MSPs today used a Holyrood debate on Edinburgh airport's expansion plans to call on the Scottish Government to step in and halt the company's flawed consultation.

Last week 20 community councils affected by the plans came together at a summit meeting at Holyrood hosted by Mark Ruskell, Scottish Green MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife.

In today's debate, Mr Ruskell said:

Viewers will be baffled and disappointed by STV excluding us

27 April, 2017 - 16:17

The Scottish Greens have today (27 April) called on STV to reverse their decision to host a televised debate featuring only four of Scotland’s five parties.

STV have said their debate on 24 May will include what they call the leaders of the four "main" parties, ignoring the fact that the Scottish Greens have more MSPs than the LibDems, more members than the LibDems, and are currently polling ahead of the Libdems for next week's council elections and in Holyrood election polling.

Greens slam aviation tax cut plans at First Minister’s Questions

27 April, 2017 - 13:18

The First Minister came under fire at Holyrood today after government plans for an aviation tax cut were slammed by the Greens.

Patrick Harvie MSP cited fresh research, produced by the party, showing that the richest 10% of households stand to gain four times as much from Nicola Sturgeon’s plans for a 50% cut to Air Passenger Duty than the poorest 10%.

Nobody should face poverty because of the care they give

26 April, 2017 - 07:00

Scottish Green MSPs will today (26 April) lead a debate at Holyrood on carers policy, urging other parties to vote in favour of more financial support for carers and a "Living Wage Plus" for social care workers.

It’s time to reverse the rape clause and end cuts to incomes of women and children

25 April, 2017 - 16:53

Holyrood’s Green MSPs will this evening join with an expected majority of the parliament in voting to condemn the UK government’s two-child limit on child tax and universal credit and against the imposition of the "rape clause".

A Green amendment, condemning the cap as being yet another cut the UK Government knows will hit women hardest, is expected to be passed.

Alison Johnstone MSP, the Greens' social security spokesperson said:

Our analysis shows SNP air tax cut would benefit richest 10% of households four times as much as poorest 10%

25 April, 2017 - 14:02

New figures produced today (25 April) by the Scottish Greens show that the richest 10% of households stand to gain four times as much from the 50% cut to APD than the poorest 10%.

The Green group of MSPs, who were elected on a manifesto commitment to retain Air Passenger Duty, will abstain in today’s Holyrood vote allowing the Air Departure Tax (Scotland) Bill to proceed to the amendment stage, so they can attempt a major overhaul with alternative tax proposals that have “social, environmental and genuine economic benefits”. 

Help elect more Green councillors than ever before

John Hardy Tue 25 Apr

Over the last few weeks we have heard about the hard work of our current Green councillors and their successes as well as learning more about some of our fantastic candidates and why they are standing for local council.

We are standing more candidates in more places than ever before but we can’t elect them without help from people like you.

Here are just some of the ways you can get involved:

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Green Investment Bank sale to fracking funder criticised by Greens

20 April, 2017 - 12:09

The decision to sell the Green Investment Bank to a company that has invested billions of pounds in fossil fuel projects has been criticised by a Green MSP.

Australian bank Macquarie has a history of investing in fracking and opencast coal mining projects and Green MSP Andy Wightman says that GIB’s environmental credentials are “now in tatters”.