Scottish Greens respond to drug deaths figure delay

Mon 22 Jun, 2020

Responding to reports that the publication of Scotland’s drug death figures is to be delayed, Scottish Greens MSP John Finnie said: 

“It’s deeply troubling that the publication of the latest drug death statistics is to be delayed. It’s not good enough for the Crown Office to say it ‘appreciates the impacts of the delays.’ It must confirm exactly how long this backlog will take to clear. 

Scottish Greens: Economic recovery report lacks urgency

Mon 22 Jun, 2020

The Scottish Government’s plans for a new economy lacks the urgency needed to build a green jobs recovery, the Scottish Greens have said.

The Scottish Government’s advisory group on economic recovery has produced its report ‘Towards a Robust, Resilient Wellbeing Economy for Scotland’, which offers recommendations to build a fairer and greener Scotland in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Greens call for update on seven year long rendition investigation

Mon 22 Jun, 2020

The Lord Advocate should come before parliament to provide an update on a now seven year long investigation into the possibility that Scottish airports were involved in rendition, Scottish Greens Justice Spokesperson John Finnie MSP has said. 

The former Lord Advocate Frank Mullholland instructed Police Scotland to enquire into claims that Scottish Government owned airports were complicit in the process of abduction and torture in June 2013. 

Greens welcome poll showing increasing support for independence 

Sun 21 Jun, 2020

Welcoming the publication of another poll showing that a majority of definitive respondents, this time an astonishing 54%, support independence, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

“I’m delighted to see more and more people coming to the conclusion that Scotland must take its place as an independent country. 

Public health must be at forefront of schools return

Ross Greer MSP Sun 21 Jun, 2020

Prolonged school closures are harmful to children’s wellbeing and their educational attainment. This is something we’re all agreed on, as the Education Secretary himself has said.

Lack of clarity for councils on school return exposed

Fri 19 Jun, 2020

Councils have described mixed messages from the Scottish Government on the return to school in August as ‘demotivating’.

At Parliament’s education committee, leader of Inverclyde Council and co-chair of Scotland's Education Recovery Group, councillor Stephen McCabe suggested councils were surprised to hear blended learning plans described by the government as a "contingency" this week, and that there may be "a bit of demotivation on the back of that”.

McCabe also said the 2 metre rule would make full time schooling “impossible”.

New continuity bill 'not strong enough', warn Scottish Greens

Fri 19 Jun, 2020

The Scottish Government’s new continuity bill must be strengthened if it is to protect Scotland’s environment, food standards and wildlife from the Conservative party’s reckless deregulated Brexit, the Scottish Greens have said.

At Parliament’s constitution committee, Cabinet Secretary Michael Russell said the intention of the bill was to have “no gap” between Scottish and European standards.

Responding, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said:

Patrick Harvie launches campaign for hospitality workers

Fri 19 Jun, 2020

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie has called on the UK Government to extend its job retention scheme to support hospitality workers.

The Glasgow MSP today (Friday 19 June) launches a campaign to support and protect hospitality workers as Scotland gets back to work.

The launch comes after phase two restrictions announced by the Scottish Government mean pubs and restaurants remain closed for the time being, and as Scotland’s unemployment rate becomes the highest among all the UK nations.

Community must be at heart of Cairngorm Mountain future

Thu 18 Jun, 2020

Responding to the publication of the Auditor General’s report: Highlands and Islands Enterprise Management of Cairngorm Mountain and Funicular Railway, Scottish Greens Highlands and Islands MSP John Finnie said: 

Scottish Greens win protection for Mountain Hares

Wed 17 Jun, 2020

Scottish Greens have won protection for Scotland’s Mountain Hares after the Scottish Government agreed to back Alison Johnstone’s amendment to the Wildlife bill.

Mountain hare populations have declined considerably since the 1950s, with an average of 26,000 killed every year in recreational killing and mass killing on grouse moors. Last year the species conservation status was downgraded to ‘unfavourable’ after EU data exposed the decline.