A chance to get Scotland’s rail potential back on track

Mark Ruskell MSP Fri 13 Apr, 2018

"A catalyst for investment, enabling people to take up new opportunities." The words of Transport Minister Humza Yousaf, praising a recent study into the continuing impact of the Borders Railway, now in its third year of operation.

The Borders Railway Blueprint Group study found that the Edinburgh to Tweedbank line, which opened in September 2015, has provided jobs and investment opportunities. Travel on the line is increasing, and it has prevented an estimated 36,000 annual car journeys.

Foxes and hares endure another year of slaughter due to loopholes

Alison Johnstone MSP Thu 12 Apr, 2018

Another fox hunting season came to an end in Scotland recently, with investigations into illegal activity by a number of hunts.

Most people would be forgiven for thinking that fox hunting was no longer an activity which required police intervention, given that hunting with dogs was banned in Scotland over 15 years ago.

Health Secretary must come before parliament over NHS Tayside, says Johnstone.

Fri 6 Apr, 2018

Alison Johnstone MSP, Scottish Greens Health spokesperson, has called on the Cabinet Secretary for Health to come before Parliament at the earliest opportunity and explain why she delayed intervention, despite long-standing concerns regarding the running of NHS Tayside.

The appointments of a new Chair and Chief Executive comes following a prolonged period of controversy at NHS Tayside, culminating in allegations this week of misuse of charitable funds.

Alison Johnstone said:

RUSKELL WELCOMES OECD SUPPORT FOR 20MPH

Fri 6 Apr, 2018

Mark Ruskell MSP, Scottish Greens Environment Spokesperson, has welcomed the publication of a report, Speed and Crash Risk, by the International Transport Forum Group of the OECD which has called for 20 mph speed limits in built up areas where there is a mix of vulnerable road users and motor vehicles.

Martin Luther King must be remembered for his belief in our collective ability to rise against injustice

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 6 Apr, 2018

An enduring memory from my teenage years was hearing for the first time, in documentaries to mark the twentieth anniversary of his assassination, some of the speeches of Martin Luther King. Now, as we mark the fiftieth anniversary, his words have lost none of their searing power.

Finnie Calls for ScotRail to Ensure Safety of Staff and Passengers

Thu 5 Apr, 2018

John Finnie MSP, Transport Spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (5 April 2018) called on ScotRail to ensure the safety of its staff and passengers is the number one priority, following reports that the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) are to strike.

Greens respond to overwhelming evidence received by Education Committee on need to tackle poverty

Wed 4 Apr, 2018

Over 50 organisations have submitted over 300 pages of evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee in response to an enquiry into the impact of poverty on attainment in education.

Among those who have supplied evidence are the teachers’ trade unions, COSLA and individual local councils, a range of children’s poverty charities, universities, and the Church of Scotland.

Scotland should be known as a good food nation that takes animal welfare seriously

Alison Johnstone MSP Fri 30 Mar, 2018

The Scottish Government have this week asked the public to comment on whether compulsory CCTV cameras should be installed in abattoirs, a key protection for livestock that Greens have long called for. The UK Government has already decided to adopt this measure, and by this summer footage from all abattoirs in England will be available to vets from the Food Standards Agency. 

Our 10 priorities for tackling Child Poverty

Thu 29 Mar, 2018

Scottish Green MSPs today (29 Mar) welcomed the announcement from Scottish Ministers of £500,000 to fund the Green manifesto pledge of a programme that boosts the incomes of preganant women and families at risk of poverty.

Alison Johnstone MSP, Social Security spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, secured agreement from ministers in 2016 that Glasgow's successful Healthier Wealthier Children scheme would be rolled out nationally.

Renewing our calls for a ban on the killing of mountain hares in light of new footage

Thu 29 Mar, 2018

Scottish Green MSPs are renewing their calls for a ban on the killing of mountain hares after new footage showed mass culls of the creatures on grouse moors.

Mountain hare shooting is an activity offered by Scottish game estates, and it is estimated that 25,000 were killed in one year, up to 14 per cent of the population.

The latest footage was filmed in the Cairngorms.

Alison Johnstone MSP, deputy convener of Holyrood's cross-party group on Animal Welfare, and Species Champion for the Mountain Hare and Brown Hare, said: