Climate Strikers are afraid for their future

Sun 7 Apr, 2019

Scottish Greens Education Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP was joined by two youth climate strikers on the second day of the party’s spring conference in Edinburgh this morning. The strikers – 13 year olds Holly Gillibrand from Fort William and Josie Law from Edinburgh – addressed conference, sharing their thoughts on the climate crisis, and their fears for their future.

Spring Conference Speech

Maggie Chapman Sat 6 Apr, 2019

Good morning friends, and welcome to our Spring Conference, exactly 699 years to the day of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath, and just short of 40 years since Thatcher became Prime Minister. I’ll say a bit more about these two historical markers later, but I can assure you I’m still working on detoxifying the name “Maggie” in Scottish politics.

Education Scotland Wilfully Blind To School Inequality

Thu 4 Apr, 2019

Scottish Greens Education Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP has slammed Education Scotland for being ‘wilfully blind’ to school inequality, following an evidence session on subject choice at Holyrood’s education committee this morning.

Transport Bill must deliver better buses

Thu 4 Apr, 2019

Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP will today (4 Apr) call on the Scottish Government to back his plans for the Transport Bill to deliver better buses for communities across Scotland. 

The Scottish Parliament will debate the bill at stage 1 this afternoon and Mr Finnie will push Ministers to be more ambitious than the current, timid plans. 

John Finnie MSP said: 

Greens call for private firms to be kicked out of criminal justice system

Tue 2 Apr, 2019

Scottish Greens Justice Spokesperson John Finnie MSP will today (2 Apr) propose an amendment to the Management of Offenders Bill to remove any role for the private sector in the existing or proposed expanded monitoring regime.

The Justice Committee will begin its Stage 2 consideration of the Bill, which, “… brings forward a number of reforms designed to … transform the way in which Scotland deals with offenders”.

John Finnie MSP said:

Greens call for bill to recognise climate emergency

Tue 2 Apr, 2019

Scottish Greens Environment and Climate Spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP will this afternoon (2 Apr) call on the Scottish Government to listen to the experts and listen to public opinion by increasing the ambition in its climate change bill. 

Mark Ruskell MSP said: 

“Last week every other party in the Scottish Parliament voted against our proposition to declare a climate emergency. 

Record drug deaths - a public health crisis

John Finnie MSP Mon 1 Apr, 2019

There were 934 drug deaths in Scotland in 2017. This shocking statistic, around eight times the EU average, shows that our current approach to the drugs crisis is not working. By way of comparison, there were 146 road traffic deaths in the same year.

There would understandably be widespread concern if almost one thousand lives were being lost on our roads, yet some appear considerably less concerned about Scotland’s drugs deaths crisis.

FMQs: Johnstone calls for radical action on child poverty

Thu 28 Mar, 2019

Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Alison Johnstone MSP this afternoon (28 March) said that radical measures to boost the incomes of poorer Scots households are needed, as Scottish Government figures showed a rise in the estimated number of children living in poverty.

At FMQs Ms Johnstone highlighted the new statistics, which show a rise in estimates the number of Scots children living in Relative Child Poverty, measured after Housing Costs, from 230,000 to 240,000. In percentage terms, this is a 1% increase using 1-year figures (23%-24%).

Parliament fails declares a climate emergency

Wed 27 Mar, 2019

Scottish Greens Environment and Climate Spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP has expressed his disappointment after the Scottish Parliament failed to declare a climate emergency this evening.

The Greens brought forward a motion noting the need to act in the face of the climate emergency, but every other party in parliament voted it down.

Mark Ruskell MSP said:

“It is hugely disappointing that the Scottish Parliament has failed to face up to the climate emergency.

MSPs issue call to stop Brexit

Wed 27 Mar, 2019

MSPs issue call to stop Brexit

The Scottish Parliament has said that Brexit should be stopped by revoking article 50, if there is not time to hold a People’s Vote with an option to remain in the EU.

The call from Holyrood comes just hours before MPs in Westminster will vote on a range of possible Brexit outcomes in so-called indicative votes.