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2 hours 52 min ago

Speaking ahead of this afternoon's Holyrood debate - Scotland’s Economy, Short Term Resilience and Long Term Opportunities - John Finnie, Transport & Tourism spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for the Highlands & Islands, urged investment in infrastructure and skills transfer to provide economic stability for rural and urban communities.

Mr Finnie said:

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2 hours 52 min ago

Mark Ruskell, Climate & Energy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, today (31 May) welcomed the call from the third sector, renewables firms and academics for action on district heating schemes.

The groups, including WWF Scotland, say a Warm Homes Act delivering clean, affordable heat must be a priority for the new Scottish Government.

Mark Ruskell MSP said:

Blog entry
30 May 2016 - 7:32pm
 

“The European Parliament, in their foolishness, have voted for increased maternity pay. I’m off for a drink.”

 

Those are the words of Vote Leave campaigner and UKIP leader Nigel Farage back in 2010. Fast forward to 2016 and it’s not uncommon for leading figures in the Vote Leave campaign to be heard suggesting that hard won workers rights like maternity leave, holiday pay and limits on the hours we can work should be taken away by leaving the European Union.

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30 May 2016 - 3:55pm

Ross Greer, Europe spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for the West of Scotland, today criticised former Labour trade minister Nigel Griffiths for his comments on immigration.

The Scottish co-ordinator of the Labour Leave campaign said immigration is "causing shortages and tensions" in schools and hospitals.

Ross Greer MSP said:

Blog entry
27 May 2016 - 12:33pm

This week, over two days, Parliament debated "Taking Scotland Forward". For the Scottish Greens, Patrick Harvie opened our contribution to the debate, and Mark Ruskell closed. Read on to see what Mark had to say...

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26 May 2016 - 3:04pm

Ross Greer, Europe spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for West of Scotland, today (26 May) made his debut speech in Parliament, using a debate on the EU to highlight the social protections gained by being in the European Union and the opportunities it affords young people.

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25 May 2016 - 3:43pm

Scottish Green MSPs today welcomed the announcement by the First Minister that the Green manifesto proposal for a young carer's grant will be explored by the Scottish Government.

Responding to the FM's statement to Parliament ahead of a two-day debate called "Taking Scotland Forward", Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, said:

"In this session of Parliament all parties will need a positive agenda to have influence on a minority government. Simply making demands or trying to block action will not work. 

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25 May 2016 - 11:01am

Scottish Green MSPs today (25 May) expressed support for university staff taking industrial action across the country.

Members of the University & College Union (UCU) are staging a two-day walk out in protest at a pay offer of 1.1 per cent from employer body UCEA, which UCU has described as 'an insult'.

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24 May 2016 - 4:15pm

Responding to the news that bus company First Scotland is to close its Musselburgh and North Berwick depots with the loss of up to 88 jobs and the ending of its bus services in the county, Alison Johnstone, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian, said:

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24 May 2016 - 12:24pm

Alison Johnstone, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Lothian, today highlighted delayed discharge figures showing 740 people were stuck in hospitals last month waiting for care home places or assessments.

In March 2016, patients spent 46,309 days in hospital due to delays in discharge - a slight drop on the 47,476 days recorded a year ago.