Scottish Greens win backing for exports ban and slavery museum

Wed 10 Jun, 2020

MSPs have backed Scottish Green calls for to suspend export licences for tear gas, rubber bullets and riot gear to the US in the wake of the response to protests about the killing of George Floyd.

Scottish Greens also won majority backing in the Scottish Parliament for the establishment of a museum to slavery in Scotland, to address the lack of awareness of the country’s links to the slave trade.

The Scottish Green amendment was backed by both the SNP, Scottish Labour and Lib Dems.

Scottish Govt must not wait for SAGE on hospital testing

Wed 10 Jun, 2020

The Scottish Government must not wait for the UK advisory body SAGE before introducing regular testing for frontline health workers for COVID-19, the Scottish Greens have said.

This morning at COVID committee Scotland’s interim CMO Gregor Smith said guidance on regular testing for hospital staff was weeks away, and revealed this had only been introduced for care home staff after SAGE had advised the Scottish Government to do it.

UK Government must suspend exports of riot gear to US

Wed 10 Jun, 2020

MSPs will vote later on a call for the UK Government to suspend export licences for tear gas, rubber bullets and riot gear to the US in the wake of the response to protests about the killing of George Floyd.

In a parliamentary debate on Black Lives Matter, the amendment from the Scottish Greens also commits to establishing a museum on slavery in Scotland to address the lack of awareness of the country’s links to the slave trade.

Commenting, Scottish Greens co-leader and equalities spokesperson Patrick Harvie said:

Parliament to vote on mountain hare mass killing ban

Wed 10 Jun, 2020

The controversial practice of mass killing of mountain hares may finally end thanks to a proposal from Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnstone, who has lodged an amendment to the Animals and Wildlife Bill. The amendment would make mountain hares a protected species, effectively ending recreational killing and mass killing on grouse moors.

The Lothians MSP has a proposed member’s bill to end the killing of the iconic animal but will seek to introduce the protections sooner in stage 3 of the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill.

New deal for tenants needed as evictions spike looms

Tue 9 Jun, 2020

Tenants need a new deal to provide security, as many face rising personal debt and eviction as a result of the coronavirus crisis, the Scottish Greens have said.

In his statement, Cabinet Secretary Michael Russell confirmed a Private Rented Sector Resilience Group will only look at existing emergency laws, not at how to protect tenants in the future. 

Failure to regularly test NHS staff “indefensible” 

Tue 9 Jun, 2020

The Scottish Government’s failure to introduce regular, routine Covid19 testing for NHS staff is “indefensible” according to Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Alison Johnstone MSP. 

Ms Johnstone questioned the Cabinet Secretary for Health in parliament this afternoon noting, “scores of examples of blanket testing detecting large numbers of individuals with Covid without even knowing it”

Alison Johnstone MSP said: 

Harvie welcomes establishment of BAME expert reference group 

Tue 9 Jun, 2020

Welcoming an announcement from the First Minister at her daily press briefing that she is to establish an, “Expert reference group to assess the impact of the virus on minority ethnic communities,” Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

Scotland seems unwilling or unable to come to terms to come to terms with its history

Patrick Harvie MSP Tue 9 Jun, 2020

As if the Covid19 pandemic itself was not enough to deal with, the world is watching the horrifying events in the United States, where systematic police brutality is being endorsed and encouraged by racism at the highest political level.

Scottish Greens stand in solidarity with those who are taking to the streets in the US and around the world to express their anger and to make it clear that Black Lives Matter.

Scottish Greens respond to indyref poll

Fri 5 Jun, 2020

Responding to the publication of a Panelbase poll showing 52% of definitive respondents support independence, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

Labour accused of turning its back on biggest trade union 

Fri 5 Jun, 2020

Richard Leonard has been accused of turning his back of Scotland’s biggest trade union after reports emerged that he is to harden his opposition to indyref2.