Greens: Schools must remain closed as COVID cases spiral

Wed 30 Dec, 2020

Scottish schools should remain closed while COVID-19 cases spiral out of control, the Scottish Greens have said.

The latest figures show 2,085 new cases of the virus since yesterday, the highest on record in Scotland.

Commenting, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said: “With more new cases in the last day than any other daily rise and the numbers in hospital and ICU also rising, there is a need for caution.

Scottish Greens will not endorse bad deal

Wed 30 Dec, 2020

The Scottish Greens have confirmed they will not vote to give Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal consent.

It is expected that Holyrood will refuse to give legislative consent to the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal today. The UK Government will then ignore this and drag Scotland out of Europe, supported by the Labour party at Westminster.

Greens urge government to back outright foxhunting ban

Sat 26 Dec, 2020

The Scottish Government should back an outright ban on foxhunting, consigning the boxing day hunt

to history, Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP has said.

Scottish Greens respond to Brexit trade deal being reached

Thu 24 Dec, 2020

Responding to the announcement of a post-Brexit trade deal, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said:

“Boris Johnson has already caused huge damage by playing games of brinkmanship right up to seven days before the end of the transition period. There will now be some sense of relief that the dangerous prospect of crashing out with no deal has been averted. However, there is now no time for anything but the most cursory scrutiny in either Parliament.

Environmental protections secured after Brexit

Wed 23 Dec, 2020

Scotland’s new environment watchdog will have the financial independence to hold government and polluters to account after Brexit, thanks to the Scottish Greens.

Scotland’s Brexit bill to keep pace with European protections has been strengthened by the Scottish Greens to ensure that new watchdog Environmental Standards Scotland is strong enough to investigate failures to meet standards and keep government to its word on promises to tackle the climate emergency.

Revealed: Scottish Enterprise betraying Loch Lomond

Tue 22 Dec, 2020

Scottish Enterprise will ignore overwhelming public opposition and proceed with plans for a Flamingoland resort at Loch Lomond, the Scottish Greens can reveal.

The controversial tourist resort proposals for one of Scotland’s most iconic natural beauty spots was refused permission last year after becoming the most unpopular planning application in Scotland’s history following a campaign led by Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer.

Greens: Labour showing desperate lack of ideas for Scotland

Mon 21 Dec, 2020

Labour’s plan for a constitutional convention is a decade too late, and only displays the party's lack of coherent ideas on Scotland's future, the Scottish Greens have said.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has called for a constitutional convention, in a speech postponed last month because he was concentrating on Brexit.

Scottish Greens back extra caution on Christmas

Sat 19 Dec, 2020

Scottish Greens have backed the tightening of restrictions over Christmas announced by the First Minister in the face of a new strain of COVID-19.

Following a similar announcement by the Prime Minister for England, Nicola Sturgeon has said a planned relaxation of restrictions for five days will now be limited to Christmas day only, with three weeks of level Four restrictions across mainland Scotland to follow.

Scottish Greens have reiterated the call to close schools early so they do not open next week.

Scottish Greens back ‘fast up slow down’ approach to tiers

Thu 17 Dec, 2020

Scottish Greens have welcomed confirmation that the Scottish Government is pursuing a “fast up, slow down” approach to the tiers of restrictions on local authorities.

The comments were made by clinical director Jason Leitch at Holyrood’s COVID committee this morning in reference to the row over Edinburgh remaining at Tier three restrictions when the criteria suggested it should move down.

Furlough failing those on minimum wage

Thu 17 Dec, 2020

Responding to reports that the Chancellor of the Exchequer has extended the furlough scheme until the end of April, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie MSP said:

“The Chancellor needs to commit to a minimum wage floor for furlough payments now. Asking people who already struggle to get by on the minimum wage to live on 80% of that is simply contemptible. Many of those low paid workers have also lost out on the regular tips which they would use to supplement their income, particularly at this time of the year.