Closure of children's ward at St John's is extremely concerning, says Johnstone

23 June, 2017 - 13:57

Responding to NHS Lothian's decision to close the children's ward at St John's Hospital in Livingston to in-patients from 7 July, Alison Johnstone, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Lothian, said:

8 questions the UK Government must answer on EU citizens

Ross Greer MSP Fri 23 Jun

It is one year since England and Wales voted for Brexit and finally Theresa May has made an announcement on EU citizens living here. Yet the announcement falls far short of what is needed.

Our values are in the dock over the issue of dogs' tails

Mark Ruskell MSP Fri 23 Jun

Gandhi once said that ‘The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.’

This quote has shone down the decades and even in times of bigger political questions, the needs of the smallest, voiceless creatures provide a reflection of our values and how we carry ourselves.

Since devolution there have been key moments where that reflection has taken place. The ban on fox hunting with dogs and the foot and mouth disease crisis caused us to think hard about our relationship and responsibilities to the animal world. 

Greens make case to strengthen Child Poverty Bill

22 June, 2017 - 15:24

The Scottish Greens have bolstered the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill by successfully including provision requiring the Scottish Government to indicate if it will use new powers to boost the incomes of some of Scotland’s poorest families, including by topping-up- Child Benefit.

Opposition parties joined with the Greens in supporting Alison Johnstone’s amendment at the Stage 2 debate during a meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s social security committee.

Ruskell hits out at "callous" SNP and Tory MSPs for allowing painful amputation of puppies' tails

21 June, 2017 - 17:23

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, tonight (21 June) hit out at "callous" SNP and Tory MSPs for voting to allow a return to the painful amputation of puppies' tails in breeds of dogs used on shooting estates.

The end of the ten-year ban on tail docking, brought by the Scottish Government, has been strongly opposed by the Greens, veterinary organisations and animal welfare charities.

Mark Ruskell MSP said:

Report shows Scottish Government has been unfairly squeezing funds for local council services

21 June, 2017 - 16:14

Andy Wightman MSP, Local Government spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (21 June) said a new report from the Scottish Parliament's Financial Scrutiny Unit shows the Scottish Government has been unfairly squeezing funds for local council services. 

Queen’s Speech: Prime Minister “out of ideas and out of time” say Greens

21 June, 2017 - 13:18

The Scottish Greens have said that the Queen’s Speech delivered today (21 June) is further proof a Prime Minister who is “out of ideas and out of time”.

Patrick Harvie MSP, the party’s co-convener says that politicians at Holyrood must now be ready to resist a Westminster “power grab” by ensuring that appropriate “repatriated European powers” are devolved to the Scottish Parliament.

Green MSP for Glasgow, Patrick Harvie said:

Greer welcomes publication of Information Sharing Bill

20 June, 2017 - 16:54

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (20 June) welcomed publication of the Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill.

A year ago a Supreme Court judgement confirmed that providing a named person as a point of contact and support for every child and their family was ‘unquestionably benign’ and would not breach human rights but asked for clarity around information-sharing provisions.

Ross Greer MSP said:

Foster letter highlights DUP prejudice say Greens

20 June, 2017 - 16:24

A letter, showing DUP leader Arlene Foster asking the Scottish Government to restrict the ability of same-sex couples from Northern Ireland to be married in Scotland, is further proof of the party’s outdated views.

SNP Government rely on Tory MSPs to approve a Bill which will inevitably increase aviation emissions and reduce income for public services

20 June, 2017 - 16:15

Scottish Green MSPs are condemning the SNP Government for relying on Tory MSPs to approve a Bill which will inevitably increase aviation emissions in contravention of climate change duties and which will reduce tax income for public services by hundreds of millions of pounds.