#HomesFirst: Wightman publishes examples of legislation to show how to help local councils

Mon 12 Feb, 2018

Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman, whose Homes First campaign aims to regulate the rapid growth of the short-term letting sector, today (12 Feb) published examples of legislative change to show how the Scottish Government could help local Councils tackle the problem.

Research by the Homes First campaign has shown that the growth in commercial short-term lets is out of control in Edinburgh and of increasing concern across Scotland.

Cost of extra infrastructure at Scottish ports caused by Brexit should be paid for by UK government

Sun 11 Feb, 2018

Every penny of the money needed to pay for installing additional infrastructure at Scottish ports, in the event that Britain leaves the Customs Union while Northern Ireland stays in, should be paid for by the UK government, according to a Green MSP

Ross Greer, a West of Scotland MSP, says the physical and digital infrastructure which would be required should not have to be paid for by coastal councils, or the Scottish Government, and that the simplest and cheapest solution is for Scotland and the rest of the UK to stay in the Customs Union and Single Market.

It’s time to free up local communities to make their own democratic choices

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 9 Feb, 2018

The polarisation of Scotland’s politics is often frustrating. Some people blame the independence movement for that, but I often notice that some of the people who portray the cause of independence as divisive are the same ones who stubbornly refuse to see beyond that dividing line. The recent antics of Labour, Conservatives and the LibDems passing up every chance for proper engagement in the budget process was a case in point.

Harvie challenges FM to take responsibility for publicly-owned Prestwick airport over US military use

Thu 8 Feb, 2018

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, today (8 Feb) challenged the First Minister to take responsibility for publicly-owned Prestwick airport after it emerged that it is being used by the US military to service active military operations.

An investigation by the Guardian has found that in 2015 Transport Scotland officials lobbied ministers to meet US Air Force commanders and the Trump Organisation to promote Prestwick, yet in 2016 the First Minister told Patrick Harvie that the government had had no discussions on the relationship between the airport and Trump.

Green MSP to reveal extent of microfibres pollution problem

Wed 7 Feb, 2018

Scotland has a pollution problem with microfibres and the Scottish Government must act now to fix it, a Green MSP will say in the Scottish Parliament today.

Mark Ruskell MSP, the Scottish Greens’ environment spokesperson, will use this afternoon’s “Stemming the Plastic Tide” debate at Holyrood to urge ministers to take action to address the problem of plastics, and other materials, from synthetic clothing entering the water cycle from washing machines.

Greer renews call for devolution of migration as research shows Brexit threat to Scotland's economy

Wed 7 Feb, 2018

Ross Greer, External Affairs spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (7 Feb) welcomed research showing that a cut in migration as a result of Brexit could cost Scotland's economy up to £10 billion a year by 2040. 

The analysis paper by the Scottish Government sets out options for a Scottish migration system, including specific criteria to address skills shortages.

Finnie reveals ScotRail failures on stop-skipping, shortened services & toilet audits

Wed 7 Feb, 2018

Scottish Greens Transport spokesperson John Finnie MSP can today (7 Feb 2018) reveal a series of “unacceptable” ScotRail performance failures which he says demonstrates the need for Scotland’s railways to be taken into public hands as soon as possible.

Mr Finnie’s enquires have revealed that:
* 5,968 trains were subject to stop-skipping in 2017 [1]
* Nearly 500,000 seats were planned but not provided [2]
* 22% of train toilet audits failed [3] throughout the year

Mr Finnie said: 

Ruskell warns ban on exports of salmon is step closer as regulators and industry unable to address seal issue

Tue 6 Feb, 2018

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (6 Feb) warned that a ban on exports of Scottish farmed salmon is a step closer after regulators and the industry were unable to say what steps they have taken to meet US import rules prohibiting the killing of mammals such as seals.

At today's meeting of Holyrood's Environment Committee, the Scottish Salmon Producers' Organisation also confirmed that it will begin routinely publishing data on disease, sea lice infestations, and mortalities at their farms following pressure from campaigners.

HONOURING WOMEN’S EQUALITY CAMPAIGNERS PAST AND PRESENT

Alison Johnstone MSP Tue 6 Feb, 2018

As MSPs today joined those marking the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which first gave some women the right to vote in UK elections, Alison Johnstone, co-founder of the Women 50:50 campaign that aims for gender balance in Scottish elected office, spoke for the Greens in the ‘Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Right to Vote’ debate.

The full text of Alison's speech is included below.

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Scottish Budget: With your help, we did it

Mark Ruskell MSP Fri 2 Feb, 2018

The last week felt as if Green MSPs were constantly bumping into Noel Edmonds, with journalists, in true game show style, continually asking “Deal? Or no deal?” on the Scottish Budget.