Scottish Greens unveil spokespeople

Fri 21 May, 2021

The Scottish Greens have revealed their spokespeople that will cover the various government portfolios.

Co-leader Patrick Harvie will continue to speak on finance and constitutional issues, while fellow co-leader Lorna Slater will lead on the two issues central the Scottish Greens election campaign, economic recovery from the pandemic and a green industrial strategy to lower Scotland’s carbon emissions.

The full spokespeople list is as follows:

Patrick Harvie: Scottish Greens spokesperson for Finance and Constitution

Greens call for urgent eviction ban extension

Thu 20 May, 2021

The Scottish Greens today called on the Scottish Government to extend the current eviction ban for as long as coronavirus restrictions remain in place.

Asking an urgent question in parliament, Highlands and Islands MSP Ariane Burgess called for the temporary eviction ban to be extend for as long as restrictions remain.

The new MSP also called for government to work collaboratively to deliver a better deal for Scotland’s renters.

Ariane Burgess said:

Lorna Slater calls for cooperation by diverse parliament

Tue 18 May, 2021

Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater has called for the re-elected First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to work across the diverse parliament to tackle the urgent crises of the pandemic recovery and the climate emergency.

Responding to the election of the First Minister, Lorna Slater hailed “Scotland’s most diverse Parliament”, with more women, disabled and young people.

Patrick Harvie raises urgent question on home office actions

Fri 14 May, 2021

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie raised the first urgent question of the new parliamentary term today, questioning the Scottish Government on the events surrounding the attempted forced removal of asylum seekers in Pollokshieds on Thursday.

Mr Harvie noted that although control of immigration matters regrettably remains in the hands of UK Ministers there are actions that can be taken in Scotland to support communities to resist the racist home office.

Patrick Harvie said:

Alok Sharma coal pledge just provides hot air

Fri 14 May, 2021

Alok Sharma’s comments on the COP26 climate conference are ‘hot air’ without a major rethink of the UK’s policy priorities, the Scottish Greens have said.

The UK minister, who is COP26 President-Designate, has used a speech in Scotland to call for an end to coal power ahead of the international summit.

Scottish Greens slam Home Office 

Thu 13 May, 2021

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie has slammed the home office and stated that Scotland must build an asylum system worthy of the name.

Mr Harvie’s call comes as hundreds of locals in Pollokshields joined a protest following an attempt by the Home Office to forcibly remove asylum seekers.

Patrick Harvie said:

“It’s horrific that people have been forced to take such action to defend their most vulnerable neighbours from the brutality of the UK Home Office.

Queen's speech: UK Government hides intentions behind rhetoric

Wed 12 May, 2021

The Queen’s speech hid the UK Government’s intentions behind rhetoric, the Scottish Greens have warned.

Opening the Westminster parliament, the Queen talked about a recovery from the pandemic, green industries, sustainable economics and reform of the planning system.

Scottish Greens hail record result

Sat 8 May, 2021

The Scottish Greens will have significant impact on the Scottish Parliament and Scotland’s future after gaining seats in the 2021 election.

After a positive campaign which focused on a green recovery and tackling the climate emergency, the Scottish Greens saw their vote share grow in every region of Scotland. With eight MSPs, it is the party’s best ever result.

Greens: Time for a green industrial age

Tue 4 May, 2021

Scottish Greens will today ask voters to grasp the opportunity to create a green industrial age in Scotland.

The Scottish Green manifesto pledges a £7.5bn green investment plan to drive climate emissions down and create 100,000 jobs, underpinned by a green industrial strategy to reinvigorate Scotland’s energy and manufacturing sector with green jobs.

Scottish Greens issue warning over fake green candidates

Mon 3 May, 2021

The Scottish Greens have warned voters that far right extremists and conspiracy theorists are standing at the election masquerading as ‘greens’.

These include Trump-supporting Alistair McConnachie, who was expelled from UKIP for Holocaust denial and is standing under the 'Independent Green Voice' banner.

McConnachie is best known for denying the existence of gas chambers at Nazi concentration camps but has also provided social media support to the Orange Order and regularly organises counter-protests to pro-independence and anti-racism rallies.