UK internal market white paper is a threat to democracy

Thu 30 Jul, 2020

The UK’s internal market white paper poses a threat to devolution and Scotland’s democracy, the Scottish Greens have warned.

Fears raised by the Scottish Greens about the white paper last week have since been echoed by the Scottish and Welsh Governments.

Over 2,800 people have written to UK Business Secretary Alok Sharma via the Scottish Greens website to reject the proposals. 

Scottish Greens: COVID testing must be ready for schools return

Thu 30 Jul, 2020

Regular testing must underpin the return of schools from 11 August, the Scottish Greens have said.

First Minister Nicola Surgeon has confirmed that school will return from 11 August, supported by an ‘enhanced surveillance programme’ of testing.

However, under questioning by Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie, she could not confirm the testing programme would be in place for the start of term. Instead, she said it would be phased in.

Patrick Harvie calls for test and trace focus as possible Glasgow COVID cluster investigated

Wed 29 Jul, 2020

Glasgow MSP Patrick Harvie has urged businesses and citizens to play their part in contact tracing after it emerged a possible cluster of new cases of COVID-19 was being investigated in the Glasgow area.

The cases were reported by the First Minister at her daily briefing.

Responding, the Scottish Greens co-leader said: “We don’t yet know if or how these new cases are connected, and contact tracing is the only way to get the information we need.

Poisoning of White-Tailed Eagle reveals need for reform

Wed 29 Jul, 2020

The revelation that a White-Tailed eagle found dead in the Cairngorms is found to have been poisoned shows the Scottish Government must go further to tackle wildlife crime around grouse moors, Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell has said.

Police Scotland have confirmed the satellite tracked bird had been poisoned with pesticide as they investigate the crime.

Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell is the species champion for the White-Tailed eagle, also known as the sea eagle, of which there are only around 150 breeding pairs in Scotland.

Safe distancing in high schools will be 'limited', councils admit

Mon 27 Jul, 2020

There will be “limited opportunities” for high school pupils and staff to maintain safe distancing when schools reopen, the Children and Young People Spokesperson at council umbrella body COSLA has admitted.

Last week the Scottish Government advised that older pupils should maintain 2m social distancing when they return to school “whenever practicable”.

Exxonmobil seek eight-month delay to Mossmorran noise reduction improvements

Mon 27 Jul, 2020

Exxonmobil want to delay vital improvements at the Mossmorran plant in Fife designed to reduce the noise pollution suffered by local residents for eight months, the Scottish Greens have learned.

Communities in Cowdenbeath and nearby have suffered noise, light and air pollution for several years during flaring episodes which burns excess gas as a safety measure and can be seen right across Eastern Scotland. The operator has been given several warnings about the episodes by the regulator SEPA, who referred one incident to the courts.

Scottish Greens demand Tories abandon veto over Scottish democracy

Fri 24 Jul, 2020

The UK Government must abandon plans to introduce an effective veto over the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Greens have said.

Ross Greer: School return needs more reassurances

Thu 23 Jul, 2020

Teachers and parents need more reassurances that the return to school next month will be safe, Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer has said, with further clarity on testing of school staff, social distancing measures and risk assessments for vulnerable young people urgently required.

Responding to the update from Education Secretary John Swinney, Ross Greer said:

“The Scottish Government has promised a final decision next week on whether schools will return full time, but if that is to happen parents and teachers will need more reassurances that it is safe.

Patrick Harvie: Johnson flag waving is 'preposterous'

Thu 23 Jul, 2020

Commenting on the Prime Minister's visit to Orkney to defend the union today, Scottish Green co-leader Patrick Harvie said:

“The idea that those who have lost their jobs or homes as a result of this crisis might be comforted by the Prime Minister flying a union flag in Orkney is preposterous.

The UK Tories want a veto over Scottish democracy. We must resist.

Patrick Harvie MSP Thu 23 Jul, 2020

Last week the UK Government published a White Paper on proposals to maintain the “UK Internal Market”.