Government action needed to end the scourge of homelessness

Thu 27 Aug, 2020

The First Minister must announce measures to tackle homelessness in her programme for government speech next week, Scottish Greens Housing Spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP has said.

Agriculture Bill fails to set Scotland on a positive path

Wed 26 Aug, 2020

Scottish Greens Food and Farming Spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said: 

FMQs: We cannot stand by while mothers and babies go hungry 

Wed 26 Aug, 2020

Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Alison Johnstone MSP this afternoon called on the First Minister to act to ensure that the tragic death of an asylum seeker in Glasgow is never repeated. 

Mercy Baguma was found dead on Saturday beside her malnourished baby in a Glasgow flat. Speaking at First Minister’s Questions this afternoon Ms Johnstone said that while the asylum system is the responsibility of the UK Government, MSPs could not simply stand by while mothers and babies went hungry. 

Alison Johnstone MSP said: 

South Scotland communities are taking control

Laura Moodie Sun 23 Aug, 2020

Wanlockhead, Scotland’s highest village, has just voted to pursue one of the most significant community land buyouts ever in South Scotland 

This has been a long-term project led by the community itself and local Greens have been supportive of these plans from the start. The move reflects a long-standing local belief that communities should have more control over land, particularly communities with fragile rural economies. 

SEC jobs losses “devastating” says Harvie 

Fri 21 Aug, 2020

Commenting on reports that 500 jobs are to be axed at the SEC, Scottish Greens Co-Leader and Glasgow MSP Patrick Harvie said: 

Leonard’s carbon copy shows Labour are all out of ideas

Fri 21 Aug, 2020

Responding to the publication of a ‘green new deal’ by Scottish Labour, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Lorna Slater said: 

Scottish Greens call for investment in bus manufacturing

Thu 20 Aug, 2020

Responding to reports that Alexander Dennis plans to cut 650 jobs, including at least 160 in Falkirk, Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP said: 

FMQs: Extra teachers required to keep schools safe 

Thu 20 Aug, 2020

Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP has called on the First Minister to make funding available to councils for the employment of 3,500 teachers to help support social distancing in schools. 

Earlier this week EIS, the teachers’ union, wrote to the First Minister calling for the extra teachers to, ‘reduce class sizes and make possible physical distancing.’ The funding promised by the Scottish Government would only allow 1,400 teachers to be employed, less than half of what is needed. 

Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

Abuse redress scheme could let organisations off the hook 

Wed 19 Aug, 2020

The redress scheme for survivors of historical child abuse risks letting organisations where abuse took place off the hook, Scottish Greens Justice Spokesperson John Finnie MSP has said. 

Speaking in response to a parliamentary statement from the Education Secretary this afternoon, Mr Finnie noted that the scheme would likely afford survivors, who would be forced to give up their right to pursue a civil claim,  substantially lower sums than they may otherwise receive if they took an organisation to court. 

John Finnie MSP said: 

Patrick Harvie comments on poll showing increased yes majority 

Wed 19 Aug, 2020

Commenting on the publication of a Panelbase poll for Business for Scotland which shows support for independence rising to 55%, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said: