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:

Greer hits out at Scottish Labour as "lost cause" as Brexit spokesperson says ‘too early’ to decide on a plan

Fri 12 Jan, 2018

Ross Greer MSP, External Affairs spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (12 Jan) hit out at Scottish Labour as a "lost cause" after their newly-appointed Brexit spokesperson said it was ‘too early’ to decide on a plan for Brexit, essentially conceding to the Tories’ ‘jobs-destroying, rights-removing Hard Brexit, outside of the Single Market and Customs Union’.
 
In an interview with the Daily Record, Labour MSP Neil Findlay said: "We have to keep an open mind. Nailing our colours to one mast...would be a mistake." 
 
Ross Greer MSP said:

New York’s bold and urgent action has shown we must think bigger than cotton buds and plastic straws

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 12 Jan, 2018

Frank Sinatra told us that it’s the city that doesn’t sleep, and this week New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio proved that he’s not lying down on the job when it comes to the world’s greatest environmental challenge either.

Harvie challenges FM to think bigger than cotton buds when it comes to tackling pollution

Thu 11 Jan, 2018

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, today (11 Jan) challenged the First Minister to think bigger than cotton buds when it comes to tackling pollution caused by the petrochemicals industry.

Greer warns teachers at "breaking point" as figures show Additional Support Needs teachers at lowest level in 10 years

Thu 11 Jan, 2018

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (11 Jan) warned that classroom teachers are at "breaking point" after new figures showed the number of Additional Support Needs teachers is at its lowest level since the current government took office a decade ago.

In answer to a parliamentary question from Mr Greer, Scottish Ministers have confirmed that the number of full-time equivalent ASN teachers - who support pupils with issues such as health or communication difficulties - has fallen by almost 500 from a high of 3,942 in 2009 to 3,459 in 2016.

Finnie urges protection for officers and staff who have raised concerns about Chief Constable

Wed 10 Jan, 2018

John Finnie MSP, Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (10 Jan) urged Scottish Ministers to ensure protection for the police officers and staff who have raised concerns about Chief Constable Phil Gormley, who remains on special leave while allegations of gross misconduct are investigated.

Mr Finnie welcomed today's statement from the Justice Secretary clarifying recent events.

John said:

Finnie says lessons must be learned amid surge in cases of flu and A&E waiting times rise

Tue 9 Jan, 2018

Scottish Green MSP John Finnie today (9 Jan) said lessons must be learned amid a surge in cases of flu and as Accident & Emergency departments record their worst performance against a key waiting target since weekly reporting began.

Figures for the week ending December 31 show that 78 per cent of patients were seen within four hours, well below the Scottish Government's 95 per cent target and the 92.5 per cent recorded a year ago.

John Finnie MSP said: