Scottish Greens welcome STUC support for self determination

Wed 21 Apr, 2021

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie has welcomed the decision of the Scottish Trades Union Congress to vote in support of a motion stating that the Scottish Parliament should have the power to hold a referendum on Scotland’s future.

The motion stated that the Scottish Parliament should not require the consent of the UK Government to hold such a vote. The STUC also restated its view that the Westminster Government should not resist a vote if a majority of pro-independence MSPs are elected in May.

Patrick Harvie said:

Scottish Greens: Arts can help reinvigorate high streets

Wed 21 Apr, 2021

Arts and culture can play a key role in breathing new life into Scotland’s high streets as we emerge from the pandemic, the Scottish Greens will say today.

The party proposes Local Place Plans that would allow community-led planning to build great places and build stronger communities.

This includes supporting the repurposing of commercial properties into artist-led spaces such as studios, venues, cinemas, workshops and production facilities.

Time for fan ownership of football teams

Tue 20 Apr, 2021

The controversy surrounding the formation of the European Super League emphasises what happens when greed is allowed to dominate football and the need for fan ownership and representation, according to the Scottish Greens.

In 2015 then Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnstone secured agreement from the Scottish Government that their Community Empowerment Bill would contain powers to introduce a fans' right to buy their football clubs.

In Scotland, various clubs are now owned by supporters, including Motherwell FC, Clydebank and Stirling Albion.

Scottish Greens pledge to upgrade ferries

Tue 20 Apr, 2021

Scottish Greens will develop a ‘green fleet’ strategy to upgrade Scotland’s ferry network.

The Scottish Greens will today pledge to end the competitive bidding process and re-categorise inter-island ferries as publicly owned Scottish National Infrastructure, delivered by Transport Scotland and Calmac.

These would work together to replace the current ageing diesel fleet with electric or hydrogen ferries, such as used in Scandinavia, [1] to develop reliable, efficient and zero carbon ferries

Greens pledge to establish Scottish Peace Centre

Tue 20 Apr, 2021

The Scottish Greens are set to reveal plans for a Scottish Centre for Peace in their manifesto for the upcoming Holyrood elections.

The centre will be tasked with researching peaceful conflict resolution as well as hosting international summits, talks and mediations, including peace negotiations between conflicting parties.

Building on a model established in other countries, particularly Norway, the Scottish centre would seek to contribute to building sustainable, lasting peace in conflict zones throughout the world.

Scottish Greens reveal plans for rural jobs

Mon 19 Apr, 2021

Scottish Greens have revealed how the party’s plans for green recovery will create rural jobs across Scotland.

As well as reforestation and restoring peatlands, which would directly create 1,129 jobs, the party has announced a £150m nature restoration fund to restore key habitats such as wetlands, rivers and coastlines, creating 428 jobs.

The party will also support rural businesses and food producers including the establishment of a National Farm Land Trust to help a new generation of farmers and growers access land.

Scottish Greens: independence is route to global Scotland

Sun 18 Apr, 2021

Scottish independence is the clearest path to a fairer and greener Scotland that can play a leading role in international efforts on peace and tackling the climate emergency, the Scottish Greens will say today.

The Scottish Greens manifesto commits to an independence referendum during the next parliamentary session, at a time decided by a simple majority of the Scottish Parliament.

Scottish Greens propose new ferry links to Europe

Fri 16 Apr, 2021

The Scottish Greens have pledged to establish new ferry links to Europe to offer low carbon alternatives for passengers and freight.

Working with Calmac, the party would create publicly-owned services to continental Europe from places such as Rosyth, which had Scotland’s only direct ferry link to continental Europe until around 2008.

Brexit caused significant tail backs at English ports, while new ferry routes are being established between Ireland and Europe.

Scottish Greens respond to jobs news at former BiFab yard

Thu 15 Apr, 2021

Responding to the news that Harland and Wolff have won a contract to build eight jackets for the NNG offshore wind development, Scottish Greens energy spokesperson Mark Ruskell said: "This is a significant foot in the door for the Fife yard after years of uncertainty.

"Scotland's vast offshore wind resource is ready to be harnessed, but both the UK and Scottish governments must ensure that all projects have a high percentage of Scottish built kit as a condition of approval.

Scottish Greens propose new deal for onshore wind power

Thu 15 Apr, 2021

Scottish Greens have unveiled plans for a new deal for Scotland’s wind energy supply to meet future demand for electricity as fossil fuels are phased out.

The Scottish Greens manifesto pledges to replace existing turbines with newer, more powerful models and doubling the size of the industry. Making it easier to invest in onshore wind will come with conditionality to keep at least 70% of the supply chain in Scotland, creating thousands of jobs.