This week, over two days, Parliament debated "Taking Scotland Forward". For the Scottish Greens, Patrick Harvie opened our contribution to the debate, and Mark Ruskell closed. Read on to see what Mark had to say...
Ross Greer, Europe spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for West of Scotland, today (26 May) made his debut speech in Parliament, using a debate on the EU to highlight the social protections gained by being in the European Union and the opportunities it affords young people.
Scottish Green MSPs today welcomed the announcement by the First Minister that the Green manifesto proposal for a young carer's grant will be explored by the Scottish Government.
Responding to the FM's statement to Parliament ahead of a two-day debate called "Taking Scotland Forward", Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, said:
"In this session of Parliament all parties will need a positive agenda to have influence on a minority government. Simply making demands or trying to block action will not work.
Scottish Green MSPs today (25 May) expressed support for university staff taking industrial action across the country.
Members of the University & College Union (UCU) are staging a two-day walk out in protest at a pay offer of 1.1 per cent from employer body UCEA, which UCU has described as 'an insult'.
Responding to the news that bus company First Scotland is to close its Musselburgh and North Berwick depots with the loss of up to 88 jobs and the ending of its bus services in the county, Alison Johnstone, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian, said:
Alison Johnstone, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Lothian, today highlighted delayed discharge figures showing 740 people were stuck in hospitals last month waiting for care home places or assessments.
In March 2016, patients spent 46,309 days in hospital due to delays in discharge - a slight drop on the 47,476 days recorded a year ago.
Responding to news that former Green Party leader Alexander Van der Bellen has won Austria's presidential election, Ross Greer MSP, Europe spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:
"The world’s first elected Green head of state is a historic moment and the Scottish Greens send congratulations to Alexander Van der Bellen and to the Austrian Greens. This incredibly close election shows how important it is for progressive voices to push back against the dangerous far-right forces who have used the refugee crisis to whip up hatred.
Ross Greer, Europe spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for West of Scotland, today challenged the rhetoric of Tories George Osborne and Boris Johnson in the debate on the UK's membership of the EU.
Mr Osborne claims leaving the European Union would tip the UK into a year-long recession, while Mr Johnson claims the EU is "out of control" with regulations on bananas and vacuum cleaners.
Ross Greer, Europe spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for West of Scotland, said:
Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens - now the fourth largest party in Holyrood - today (23 May) confirmed the portfolio responsibilities of the six-strong group of Green MSPs as the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament prepares for its first full week of formal business.