Highland council hopeful closes Scottish Green Party conference

23 October, 2016 - 16:42

The Scottish Greens’ autumn conference came to a close today with an upbeat speech from the co-convener of the Highlands and Islands branch.

Isla O'Reilly from Inverness, who is standing in next year’s council election, told Green members at the Perth Concert Hall that the local authority elections offer a great chance to elect “huge green swathes of councillors” in Highland and other Scottish councils.

Maggie Chapman: "We are citizens of the world."

Maggie Chapman

This is the text of my speech to Scottish Greens Conference 2016, Saturday 22nd October. I had the honour of sharing the stage with two great green women: Ska Keller, and Anni Pues.

Good morning friends.

German MEP offers green support to stay in Europe

22 October, 2016 - 13:49

A German member of the European Parliament has told the Scottish Green Party conference that she will do everything she can to ensure Scotland, as well as Northern Ireland, England and Wales can stay in the European Union.

Ska Keller MEP from Brandenburg also told delegates at the Perth Concert Hall that Greens elected at the local authority elections in 2017 can make a big difference on many global issues, including the Syrian refugee crisis.

Greens will lead the charge against cuts to local jobs and services

22 October, 2016 - 10:00

The Scottish Greens’ conference in Perth today (22 October) heard a rallying call from the party’s co-convener as it heads into the local authority elections next year.

Maggie Chapman told the audience of Green members at the Perth Concert Hall that the council elections in 2017 will see the party play a prominent role in deciding “… who will lead, transform and develop their local authorities”.

The speech also focused on how Greens are proud to be “citizens of the world” who will continue to campaign for an “internationalist, welcoming Scotland”.

Communities must have far greater control over their local affairs

Andy Wightman MSP

The Scottish Green Party is holding its annual conference in Perth. It will be a rather different affair to the first one I attended 20 years ago when I addressed the conference in the lounge of an Aberfeldy Guest House.

With a surge in membership and enhanced political representation, we are particularly looking forward to the 2017 local elections and the opportunity to elect many more Green councillors across Scotland to help build sustainable communities and strengthen local democracy.

Patrick Harvie: "Join our cause"

Patrick Harvie

Mark called these extraordinary political times and I was going to begin by suggesting that 2016 might just be the weirdest year in modern politics - it has been bizarre. I think my greatest sympathies this year go out to Charlie Brooker, whose Screenwipe for the year is going to have to be about six hours long in order to fit everything in! We've watched throughout the UK as – for example – the Labour Party continues on its apparent course toward meltdown. MPs who seem to want a leadership election as often as UKIP have one!

Green Conference Backs Call To Prepare for Indyref 2

21 October, 2016 - 16:53

Scottish Greens meeting at their conference in Perth today backed a call for Westminster to give Holyrood the power to call an independence referendum to protect Scotland's interests in Europe.

Members supported a motion put forward by Ross Greer MSP, the party's External Affairs spokesperson. 

The text of the condensed motion approved by conference read:

Scotland in Europe

Harvie Tells Conference Of Vital Role Ahead for Greens

21 October, 2016 - 15:08

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co convener of the Scottish Greens,  today (21 Oct) called on party members and supporters to prepare for the next independence campaign, saying that the UK people voted for in 2014 no longer exists.

Addressing the conference in Perth, Mr Harvie said:

"We find ourselves with the results of two referendums which can’t fit together. We have a 2 year old 55% mandate, and this year’s 62% mandate. Even if Better Together & the Leave campaign hadn’t lied, the UK which people voted for in 2014 no longer exists.

Communities Need Green Councillors More Than Ever

21 October, 2016 - 14:44

Local communities facing a "tumultuous time" need Green councillors more than ever, delegates attending the Scottish Green Party conference in Perth heard today (21 Oct).

Addressing the start of the party's three day gathering, Edinburgh councillor Melanie Main urged members to get involved in delivering a record result in the local government elections in just over six months' time.

Cllr Main said:

"There has never been a more tumultuous time for Local Government in Scotland. Local people need Greens now, more than ever. 

Now Implement Minimum Pricing

21 October, 2016 - 12:58

Alison Johnstone  MSP, health  spokesperson  for  the  Scottish  Greens,  today (21 Oct) welcomed the decision of the Court of Session in Edinburgh to rule against a challenge by the Scotch Whisky Association over the policy of minimum pricing of alcohol.

The SWA has stalled the policy since MSPs approved it in 2012.

Alison said: