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2 hours 45 min ago

Responding to the announcement by teaching union the EIS that it plans to ballot its members on industrial action over new school qualifications, Isla O'Reilly, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP candidate for the Highlands and Islands, said:

"The frustration of teachers is understandable. Having faced huge pressures and increased workload with the introduction of Curriculum for Excellence and the new qualifications systems it is disapponting that the government's expert group has not addressed all the concerns.

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4 hours 26 min ago

Housing has been front and centre of the Scottish Green Party’s Holyrood campaign, with bold plans to build 60,000 social rented homes over the coming 5 years, make rent fair and end fuel poverty. With homelessness on the increase, and many homes in Scotland being damp and cold, urgent action is needed to ensure homes provide for people’s needs.

Scottish Greens co-convener Maggie Chapman, the party's housing spokesperson and MSP candidate for the North East, says that she wants to see a much more co-ordinated approach to housing:

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7 hours 5 min ago

The Scottish Greens today (1 May) welcomed an editorial in the Sunday Herald newspaper, in which the paper says it wants a parliament with Green voices "strengthened", helping push the government "from a progressive position."

The paper also highlights the SNP's "conservative" use of Holyrood's new tax powers. Under the Scottish Greens' proposals, everyone earning less than £26,500 would get to keep more of what they earn, while higher earners would be expected to contribute a fairer share.

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29 Apr 2016 - 11:33am

Green MP Caroline Lucas, who was arrested for taking part in a peaceful protest against fracking in Sussex, will today (29 April) urge Green activists to help elect a record number of MSPs to increase the pressure on the SNP to turn its temporary moratorium into a permanent ban.

 

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29 Apr 2016 - 11:22am

With less than a week till Scotland elects a new parliament, Edinburgh nursery children today helped turn Scotland Green as the Scottish Greens campaign to win MSP representation in every one of the 8 parliamentary regions.

 

The Scottish Greens - campaigning for a better Scotland, a bolder Holyrood - are polling strongly on the regional vote with analysis suggesting between 7 and 12 MSPs will be elected.

 

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28 Apr 2016 - 2:28pm

The Scottish Greens Women’s Network today (28th April) launched their manifesto highlighting the importance of women’s rights and access to opportunities.  The Scottish Greens Women’s Manifesto expands on a range of commitments made in the Greens Holyrood 2016 manifesto which push for gender equality over the next parliamentary term.

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28 Apr 2016 - 12:30pm

Responding to Labour leader Kezia Dugdale's confusion on Trident-related jobs in last night's STV interview, Ross Greer, Europe spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP candidate for the West of Scotland, said:

 

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28 Apr 2016 - 10:52am

Green MP Caroline Lucas will tonight (28 April) join the campaign trail in Glasgow Kelvin where Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie is aiming to win the party's first constituency seat.

 

The Scottish Greens - campaigning for a better Scotland, a bolder Holyrood - are contesting all eight electoral regions in which MSPs are elected using a proportional system. Polls suggest between 7 and 12 regional MSPs will be elected.

 

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27 Apr 2016 - 4:51pm

Scottish homelessness charities are calling for the next government to take action after new figures revealed a sharp rise in the number of rough sleepers seeking shelter in Edinburgh and Glasgow this winter.

 

Maggie Chapman, co-convener of the Scottish Greens and housing spokesperson, said:

 

"We need urgent action on homelessness. It is a disgrace that we still have people without a home in the 21st century, and in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. 

 

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27 Apr 2016 - 3:49pm

Scottish Greens Co-convenor Maggie Chapman visited a traditional arts festival which opened in Edinburgh today (27th April) to learn more about the importance of culture to our society and our economy, and looking at the tourism potential of festivals and how technology can enable this.   A recent report showed that the Edinburgh Festivals as a whole had over 4.3 million visitors, bringing £245million into the Scottish Economy.