Zara Kitson Thanks Supporters

Fri 25 Oct, 2013

The Scottish Green Party candidate in the Dunfermline by-election is thanking supporters following a positive and constructive campaign.

27 year old Zara Kitson, an organiser of So Say Scotland and a member of National Collective, said:

"I'd like to thank the many activists and supporters who gave me such strong backing during the campaign. As a grassroots party Scottish Greens are not backed by wealthy individuals or corporate interests but we didn't shrink from the fight.


Tue 22 Oct, 2013

Scottish Greens are calling for an end to the corporate bully culture being highlighted by the Ineos Grangemouth dispute.

Greens believe a just transition is needed at the petro-chemical complex to provide a long-term future for the workforce as Scotland aims to decarbonise its economy.

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, said:

"Ineos is a highly profitable multinational based in the tax haven of Switzerland. Its profits are measured in billions of pounds, so its bullying tactic of squeezing the workers is completely out of order.

Taking Responsibility To Realise Our Potential

comms Tue 22 Oct, 2013

Many of us who support the idea of an independent Scotland but would prefer not to be described as nationalists are motivated by the prospect of greater responsibility. By taking responsibility we have a chance to create a fairer society.

Dunfermline: Green Poll Shows Concern Over Gas Plans

Tue 22 Oct, 2013

A poll by the Scottish Greens about a controversial proposal to burn gas out of coal seams in West Fife using Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) has shown widespread concern about the technology, with a majority against and fewer than one in ten supporting it.

The survey was conducted on behalf of Dunfermline by-election Scottish Green Party candidate Zara Kitson who is urging the Scottish Government to ban the family of 'extreme energy' techniques which includes UCG and fracking.


Sun 20 Oct, 2013

Research by the Scottish Greens has revealed a mounting crisis for the increasingly popular idea of growing your own food.


The research reveals two key issues.

Firstly, Freedom of Information requests by Green MSP Alison Johnstone show thousands of people on allotment lists face waits of up to 9 years to get a plot.


Thu 17 Oct, 2013

Scottish Greens are welcoming the efforts of Green MP Caroline Lucas in the campaign to bring Britain's railways back into public hands.

The Brighton Pavilion MP's Private Member's Bill, which aims to save the taxpayer more than £1bn a year and deliver improved services and lower rail fares for passengers, has its second reading in the Commons tomorrow (Fri 18 Oct).

It's time we struck a new balance in the public/private debate

comms Thu 17 Oct, 2013

ONE of the classic dividing lines in politics is about the role of the state, and whether people think it should hold things in public ownership, or let the private sector run everything.

At the most extreme, some people would want to abolish private sector businesses altogether, while others would let markets dominate everything. Most people are somewhere in between.

But wherever you sit on that public-private spectrum, we've seen some pretty odd paradoxes recently.

First we had the UK Government hyping up its Royal Mail sell-off.


Mon 14 Oct, 2013

Zara Kitson, the Greens' candidate in the Dunfermline by-election, today urged Fife Council to explore how to deliver a free insulation scheme to all households in the area, drawing on existing funds from the energy companies.

Green Councillors successfully delivered a project of this sort in Huddersfield, through Kirklees Council, an area with slightly more homes than Fife, saving households around £200 per year and creating 100 jobs.

The project cost £20m over its lifetime, half of which was provided by ScottishPower through the CERT scheme.

Zara Kitson said:


Thu 10 Oct, 2013

The Greens' candidate in Dunfermline says the latest legal obstacles facing the fan buyout of Dunfermline Athletic show that a new deal for Scottish football fans is needed. It became clear on Wednesday that a challenge in the courts by the club's former owner threatens the passionate campaign by fans to secure the future of the Pars.