Swinney's Crumbs Are No Comfort

Wed 8 Feb, 2012

For immediate release 8 February 2012

Speaking in today's debate on the Scottish Government budget, Green MSPs say last-minute revisions proposed by the Finance Secretary are a missed opportunity.

Additional funds proposed for colleges and housing must be considered against a background of deep cuts by the SNP.

Spending on transport continues to show a massive increase for road-building programmes while funding for projects to make it easier to walk and cycle around our communities is being slashed*.

Green MSP Patrick Harvie said:

SNP must reverse bizarre decision to scrap prison committees

Wed 1 Feb, 2012


For immediate release 1 February 2012

A Scottish Green Party motion on the Justice Secretary's decision to scrap prison visiting committees will be debated in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday.* The motion has attracted support from all opposition parties.

Energy ministers "clueless" on climate impact of fracking

Wed 1 Feb, 2012


For immediate release 1 February 2012

Greens have today warned that both the Scottish and UK Governments are failing to properly assess the carbon impact of a potential era of UK gas extraction by the controversial process of fracking.

Scotland must 'set the pace of change' on gay marriage

Wed 1 Feb, 2012


For immediate release 31 January 2012

Greens have welcomed today's demonstration of cross-party support for legislation lifting the ban on same-sex marriage in Scotland, and have called for a Bill to be published this year.

Patrick Harvie MSP joined with all other opposition leaders in signing the Equal Marriage campaign's pledge of support, ahead of what is expected to be the most well-attended reception ever hosted at Holyrood since the creation of the Scottish Parliament.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Rail plan should expand station network, not cut it

Thu 26 Jan, 2012


For immediate release 26 January 2012

Ahead of a debate on Glasgow's stations and the Scottish Government's 'Rail 2014' plan, Greens have called for the Transport Minister to rule out any station closures in Glasgow.

Greens have previously described the package of ideas in the Government’s plan as a ‘third-class shambles’, and have questioned the impact of the proposals on train fares, timetables and overcrowding.

Patrick Harvie MSP, Green MSP for Glasgow, said:

Aberdeen Greens publish Union Terrace Gardens statement

Sun 22 Jan, 2012


For immediate release 22 January 2012

Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire Green Party has today published its 300-word statement for the Union Terrace Gardens referendum.*

 The Green Party is one of seven organisations which will have statements included in the referendum ballot mailing in support of retaining Union Terrace Gardens.

As the statements will appear in alphabetic order, the Green Party's statement will be the first on the side of retaining Union Terrace Gardens.

Green Party branch vice-convenor Rhonda Reekie said:

Greens condemn "spare change" from Swinney

Fri 20 Jan, 2012

For immediate release 20 January 2012

Green MSP Patrick Harvie responded to the publication of the Scottish budget today, saying:

"We have called on the Government to make serious commitments on further education, on sustainable transport, and on funding their own climate change policies. On all of these, we see warm words on paper but little of substance being done.

Buses must be affordable as well as green

Tue 17 Jan, 2012


For immediate release 17 January 2012

Scottish Greens have welcomed today's announcement of £2m for the Green Bus Fund, but point to the £7m a year cuts* being made to the Bus Services Operators' Grant that helps to keep bus prices down.