May’s EU deal unlikely to survive predicts Green MSP

Fri 8 Dec, 2017

Theresa May has wasted eight months of negotiation time in Brussels on a deal that is unlikely to survive says a Green MSP.

Ross Greer, the Scottish Greens’ Europe spokesperson also says any differentiated solution for Northern Ireland should also be offered to Scotland and that the deal needs further scrutiny by Holyrood politicians.

Ross Greer MSP said:

Report calls for Fife Council & Scot Gov to back ambitious rail reopening strategy for Fife

Fri 8 Dec, 2017

A new report published today by local rail campaigns and Green MSP Mark Ruskell has called for Fife Council and the Scottish Government to back an ambitious rail reopening strategy for Fife.

Another American businessman is aiming to build a golf course on another protected area in Scotland

John Finnie MSP Fri 8 Dec, 2017

Coul Links, on the south side of Loch Fleet in East Sutherland, is one of the last areas of undisturbed species rich duneland in Scotland. RSPB Scotland describes it as “a mosaic of different dune habitats, each individually important and all increasingly rare.”

FMQs: Time for public rail service says Harvie

Thu 7 Dec, 2017

Scotland needs a rail service that works for the public interest says Patrick Harvie, who pressured the First Minister today to give a commitment to a public sector operator.

Harvie, the Scottish Greens’ co-convener, challenged the First Minister to take action because rail fares are set to go up by an average of 3.4% across the UK from 2 January, the biggest rise biggest in five years.

Johnstone joined by campaigners at launch of #ForFoxSake campaign

Thu 7 Dec, 2017

Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnstone was today (7 Dec) joined by animal welfare campaigners as she launched a campaign in support of her proposal to bring forward a member's bill to ban foxhunting.  

The Scottish Government is conducting a review of how current laws work but has not considered an outright ban, and the online campaign launched today - #ForFoxSake - encourages people to respond to the review calling for a full ban.

Brexit secretary must go demand Greens

Wed 6 Dec, 2017

David Davis should be sacked say the Scottish Greens, after the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union revealed that Brexit impact assessments for sectors of the UK economy do not exist.

Ross Greer MSP, the Scottish Greens’ Europe spokesperson says the revelation is further proof the UK government is failing to prepare for the impact of a hard Brexit and that the Prime Minister must now provide a timeline for when new assessments will be drafted and published in full.

Ross Greer MSP said:

Finnie urges devolution of resources to deliver genuine local policing

Wed 6 Dec, 2017

Speaking in today's Holyrood debate on Police Scotland, John Finnie MSP, Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, urged "devolution of resources, including finance, to deliver genuine local policing."

The Green MSPs rejected the debate motion put forward by the Lib Dems, with Mr Finnie criticising Willie Rennie's party for its "overt attack" on Police Scotland's structure and strategy.

John, who served as a police officer for 30 years, said:

Johnstone calls for greater access to medical training as figures show sharp rise in vacancies for hospital consultants

Tue 5 Dec, 2017

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (5 Dec) called for greater access to medical training after new figures showed a sharp rise in vacancies for hospital consultants, with more than 250 posts lying empty for at least six months.

Alison said:

Mesh implant report let down survivors says Green MSP

Tue 5 Dec, 2017

The findings of a report into the scandal of women being forced to live in severe and constant pain because of transvaginal mesh implants must be looked at again a Green MSP will say today.

Alison Johnstone MSP, the Scottish Greens’ health spokesperson, also says the recommendations do not give sufficient clarity to ministers, MSPs and the Scottish Mesh Survivors – the group behind the Hear Our Voice campaign.

Lothian MSP Alison Johnstone said:

Rail fare rise shows need for public bid says Green MSP

Tue 5 Dec, 2017

Asking rail passengers in Scotland to pay a significant increase in fares is unfair says a Green MSPs who is campaigning for the Scottish Government to now pave the way for a public sector operator.

John Finnie MSP, the Scottish Greens’ transport spokesperson, says it’s wrong to ask rail users, particularly on ScotRail trains, to pay for such a significant increase after recent issues with delayed, cancelled and overcrowded services.

Statistics published today by the Rail Delivery Group show that on average, train fares will increase by 3.4% across the UK from 2 January.