Ministers must rethink their policy on Air Passenger Duty

29 July, 2016 - 16:05

The Scottish Greens today (29 July) welcomed analysis of a consultation into the Scottish Government's policy to scrap Air Passenger Duty and urged Ministers to rethink their plans.

The analysis shows that the majority of respondents are opposed to the idea.

Scottish Greens have long questioned the Scottish Government's policy, forcing ministers to reveal that cutting the duty would increase air traffic and associated climate change emissions.

Greens give backing to Named Person Scheme after court ruling

28 July, 2016 - 11:20

The Scottish Greens will continue to back the Named Person Scheme after a Supreme Court ruling found the aim of the legislation to be ‘unquestionably legitimate’, albeit with required changes to information-sharing aspects. [1]

Ross Greer MSP, the Scottish Greens’ education and skills spokesperson, says the required changes give the Scottish Government an opportunity to “build public confidence” in the legislation.

Focus needed on inequalities in early diagnosis of cancer

26 July, 2016 - 15:05

Scottish Green MSPs today (26 July) described new figures on cancer diagnosis as "extremely disappointing", urging ministers to "renew their focus".
The Detect Cancer Early Staging Data show that: 

-The target of increasing the proportion of people diagnosed at stage 1 of breast, colorectal or lung cancer by 25 per cent since 2010/11 has not been met. The increase has only been 8 per cent.

Greens welcome new report on underground coal gasification

25 July, 2016 - 15:18

Underground coal gasification “must be rejected” by the Scottish Government say the Scottish Greens after a report predicted the technology would be a “major contributor to climate change”. [1]

The report by Friends of the Earth has been labelled as a “significant intervention” by the Greens who are supporting the call for “no new public money” to be invested in the technology.

Offshore wind farm investment in Scotland welcomed by Greens

21 July, 2016 - 10:33

A £300 million investment to build Scotland’s largest offshore wind test and demonstration facility has been welcomed by the Scottish Greens. [1]

The project by Swedish power company Vattenfall will test and demonstrate the latest offshore wind technology and the Scottish Greens’ co-convener sees it as a “welcome news” at the end of a difficult week in the fight against climate change.

Public services funding should come before Trident renewal says Green MSP

18 July, 2016 - 11:17

The funding of public services should take priority ahead of renewing Trident says Green MSP Mark Ruskell.

On Monday (18 July), the House of Commons will vote on whether to renew the weapons of mass destruction, based at the Faslane naval base, and the Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP wants to work with MPs and MSPs from all political parties to see the system scrapped.

Statement on Nice tragedy

15 July, 2016 - 08:50

The Scottish Greens’ co-convener, Patrick Harvie, has offered his condolences to the people of France after a large number of people were killed and injured in the city of Nice.

Harvie said:

“I’m deeply saddened by this appalling and senseless attack and we offer our sympathy and support to the people of France at this difficult time. I’d urge any visitors from Scotland and the UK who are in Nice to get in touch with the British embassy if they haven’t done so already.”


Greens call on new PM to outline government plans to MSPs

13 July, 2016 - 16:59

The Scottish Greens are calling on all political parties at Holyrood to hold the line in defence of Scotland’s interests when the new Prime Minister, Theresa May takes office. Greens have proposed that Mrs May should be asked to give evidence to MSPs in her first few months in office to discuss her plans for government.

Patrick Harvie MSP, the Scottish Greens’ co-convener raised concerns over May’s voting record in Parliament, and underlined that Scotland’s democratic mandate must be respected by a Prime Minister with only one MP in Scotland.

Corporate tax game rigged against the common good

Patrick Harvie MSP 8 July, 2016 - 09:47

At this point in the Holyrood calendar MSPs are normally looking forward to a quieter time over the summer recess, while the committee clerks and government officials are preparing for the budget process which begins when Holyrood returns in September.

As you may have noticed, this is no ordinary year.

Harvie: Scottish Labour quick to abandon approach to Scotland staying in EU

7 July, 2016 - 16:15

Responding to a speech by the Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, in which she appeared to abandon her willingness to keep Scotland in Europe, Scottish Greens say Labour took only a fortnight to abandon its “open-mindedness to Scotland’s constitutional future”.

Dugdale made clear in her speech her continued opposition to independence by saying: “I’ll keep arguing we’re stronger in UK with our biggest trading partner than we would be on our own.”