Our polluted air costs us both personally and as a society

Alison Johnstone MSP Fri 19 Jan, 2018

Air pollution is a true invisible killer. We take the air around us for granted, but just as fish depend on clean water, clean air is obviously vital for our health and the health of our wider environment. 

Back in the 1950s, smog was all too visible, and the deaths from it were front page news. The notorious Great Smog of London, even though it lasted just five days, is now believed to have killed as many as 12,000 people, and it led to the 1956 Clean Air Act.

Trans rights are human rights, and we must stand together to achieve them

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 19 Jan, 2018

Most days, MSPs reply to quite a number of letters and emails from our constituents. Sometimes the reply can offer some practical help, and at other times that’s just not possible. Sometimes the correspondence is about a fundamental difference of political opinion, and of course people have a right to question their representatives about such issues.

Harvie presses Sturgeon to give local councils powers to control short-term lets

Thu 18 Jan, 2018

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, used today's First Minister's Questions to press Nicola Sturgeon to give local councils powers to control the rapid growth of short-term lets which is adding to pressures on Scotland's housing stock.

Recent research for Andy Wightman's Homes First campaign showed that many landlords are operating lucrative short term letting businesses in Edinburgh alone, including one host with 80 listings.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

SNP Climbdown On Draft Budget Shows Greens Leading The Change

Wed 17 Jan, 2018

Following tonight’s vote at Holyrood, in which SNP MSPs voted to accept Green changes to the Scottish Budget on public services, workers’ pay and low-carbon infrastructure, Green MSP Patrick Harvie said:

"Tonight’s climbdown by the SNP shows they accept that their draft budget cannot command support in Parliament, and they have accepted our view that changes are needed to protect public services, improve frontline workers’ pay and invest in low-carbon capital projects.

GDP figures mask real priorities, says Harvie

Wed 17 Jan, 2018

Responding to statistics announced today (17 Jan) by Scotland’s Chief Statistician, showing gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 0.2 per cent between July and September last year compared to the previous quarter, Patrick Harvie MSP, Finance and Economy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:

Johnstone tells Primary Care conference of need to support GP practices in areas of high deprivation

Wed 17 Jan, 2018

Addressing the Priorities for Primary Care in Scotland conference today (17 Jan), Alison Johnstone, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Lothian, will call for further support for practices in areas of high deprivation.

Changes introduced by the Scottish Government recognise that the existing model leaves some practices unfairly exposed to financial risks, and fails to tackle health inequalities, but Greens argue the proposed changes may not go far enough.

Holyrood Backs Green Call For Ethical Trade Deals 

Tue 16 Jan, 2018

Scotland should aim for a race to the top rather than the bottom when it comes to any future post-Brexit trade deals, according to Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens.

It's time for the "Carillion model" - in which profits are taken by the company and risks are borne by taxpayers and workers - to stop

Tue 16 Jan, 2018

Parliament today discussed the collapse of Carillion, and Green MSP Patrick Harvie urged Scottish Ministers to look more broadly at the risks to the public finances associated with the outsourcing model, which is common to both PFI and the Scottish Government's NPD model for procuring large public projects.

New analysis showing exiting Single Market would see Scotland £12.7 billion worse off puts further pressure on Labour says Greer

Mon 15 Jan, 2018

A new economic impact analysis showing that exiting the Single Market would see Scotland £12.7 billion worse off by 2030 - a loss of £2,300 per person per year - puts further pressure on Labour to get off the fence on Brexit, according to Scottish Greens external affairs spokesperson Ross Greer MSP.

Harvie questions plans by Glasgow Airport to revise flight paths

Mon 15 Jan, 2018

Patrick Harvie, Economy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Glasgow, today (15 Jan) questioned plans by Glasgow Airport to revise flight paths, which the airport says is needed to cope with increased passenger numbers and airspace congestion.

Airport bosses claim that the new system will improve punctuality and allow them to reduce CO2 emissions.

Patrick Harvie said: