The Scottish Greens Women’s Network today (28th April) launched their manifesto highlighting the importance of women’s rights and access to opportunities. The Scottish Greens Women’s Manifesto expands on a range of commitments made in the Greens Holyrood 2016 manifesto which push for gender equality over the next parliamentary term.
Responding to Labour leader Kezia Dugdale's confusion on Trident-related jobs in last night's STV interview, Ross Greer, Europe spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP candidate for the West of Scotland, said:
Green MP Caroline Lucas will tonight (28 April) join the campaign trail in Glasgow Kelvin where Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie is aiming to win the party's first constituency seat.
The Scottish Greens - campaigning for a better Scotland, a bolder Holyrood - are contesting all eight electoral regions in which MSPs are elected using a proportional system. Polls suggest between 7 and 12 regional MSPs will be elected.
Scottish homelessness charities are calling for the next government to take action after new figures revealed a sharp rise in the number of rough sleepers seeking shelter in Edinburgh and Glasgow this winter.
Maggie Chapman, co-convener of the Scottish Greens and housing spokesperson, said:
"We need urgent action on homelessness. It is a disgrace that we still have people without a home in the 21st century, and in one of the wealthiest countries in the world.
Scottish Greens Co-convenor Maggie Chapman visited a traditional arts festival which opened in Edinburgh today (27th April) to learn more about the importance of culture to our society and our economy, and looking at the tourism potential of festivals and how technology can enable this. A recent report showed that the Edinburgh Festivals as a whole had over 4.3 million visitors, bringing £245million into the Scottish Economy.
The Scottish Greens today (27 April) welcomed the latest opinion poll, suggesting a record number of Green MSPs will be elected on 5 May.
Analysis of the Ipsos Mori poll suggests 9 Green MSPs compared to 6 Lib Dems. Analysis of other recent polls has suggested between 7 and 12 Green MSPs.
Sarah Beattie-Smith, Elections and Campaigns co-convener for the Scottish Greens and MSP candidate for the South of Scotland, said:
Responding to comments by Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, that Holyrood's new financial powers should be used to support business growth, Patrick Harvie, economy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:
"There is an urgent need to plan for new, lasting jobs and Scottish Greens have done the ground work with our Jobs in the New Economy report.
The Scottish Greens today (27 April) branded the Labour party's manifesto - published just a week before polling day - as too little, too late.
Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie said:
The Scottish Greens today (26 April) underlined their commitment to supporting unpaid carers by visiting Leuchie House National Respite Centre in East Lothian.
Manifesto pledges from the Greens - who are campaigning for A Better Scotland, A Bolder Holyrood - include using new devolved powers to raise the carer's allowance by 50 per cent from £62 a week to £93, and looking at the creation of a Young Carer's Grant.
The Scottish Greens today (25 April) pledged to address the challenges of an ageing society, with a call for a Commission on older people's health and personal independence.
Greater support for social care staff and unpaid carers is a headline policy of the Scottish Greens' 2016 manifesto. The party's proposal to reform Income Tax and replace Council Tax would generate additional funding fairly to invest in priorities such as social care, housing and new jobs.