TRIDENT OPTIONS REPORT FUNDAMENTALLY FLAWED

Tue 16 Jul, 2013

The UK Government’s report on the options for replacing the Trident nuclear weapons system is fundamentally flawed, according to Glasgow MSP Patrick Harvie.
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COAL SITES RESTORATION IN RUINS

Mon 15 Jul, 2013

Patrick Harvie is calling for the Scottish Government to propose new laws in light of the Court of Session’s decision to allow liquidators for Scottish Coal to abandon the restoration of former opencast mines.
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SCHOOL MEALS CHICKEN IMPORTED IN 6 OF 7 SCOTS CITIES

Mon 15 Jul, 2013

Research by the Scottish Greens shows a stark divide in Scotland's cities when it comes to buying local for school meals.

Using FoI (Freedom of Information) requests the Scottish Greens asked local authorities covering Scotland's cities about the sourcing of chicken for school meals, after the Scottish Government said it did not keep track of such information.

GREENS DISMISS FASLANE SUGGESTION AS ABSURD

Thu 11 Jul, 2013

Scottish Greens today dismissed as absurd the suggestion that nuclear weapons could remain on the Clyde in the event of independence.

Newspaper reports indicate the MoD is investigating the possibility of having Faslane designated as a sovereign territory in a bid to mitigate the costs of relocating.

In the last session of the Scottish Parliament Scottish Greens led a debate that resulted in a historic vote against the renewal of Trident.

Enough Food For Everyone IF...

comms Wed 10 Jul, 2013

Patrick and I have received a huge volume of correspondence from our constituents, calling on us to support the IF campaign.

The IF campaign is a vast coalition of charities and organisations demanding an end to global hunger. You can read more about the campaign on their website.

There is no need for hunger – it is a symptom of gross inequality, not of a lack of resources. We can feed the world’s population, but it will require much more assertive action than governments have been prepared to take to date.

MSP CONDEMNS ROYAL MAIL SELL-OFF

Wed 10 Jul, 2013

Patrick Harvie MSP has condemned the plans for the privatisation of the Royal Mail announced by Vince Cable today, lodging a motion in the Scottish Parliament calling for MSPs to back the Communication Workers Union in their ballot on industrial action.*

JOHNSTONE: TENNIS INVESTMENT SHOULD SERVE AS LESSON

Tue 9 Jul, 2013

Alison Johnstone, MSP for Lothian and former competitive athlete, is welcoming today’s announcement of government funding for tennis facilities but says it must serve as a lesson.

The Trashing Of Holmehill - One Week On

comms Sun 7 Jul, 2013

Last week, contractors working for the Stirling family destroyed part of Holmehill, a protected conservation area.

On Monday this week a Stirling Council planning enforcement officer visited the site and the council are now considering what appropriate action to take. The failure to ‘notify’  has been a serious breach of the conservation status of the site and I have urged the council to refer the matter up to the Procurator Fiscal. The PF could decide it is in the public interest to pursue the case further and the maximum fine would be £20k.

TOWN CENTRE PLAN COULD GO FURTHER WITH FULL TAX POWERS

Fri 5 Jul, 2013

The Greens have welcomed today’s independent report on town centre regeneration, but stress that bolder transformation, including more tax powers in Scotland, will be needed to ensure the future of town centres.

Patrick Harvie, Green MSP for Glasgow said:

HARVIE ON RIGHT TO BUY: INVESTMENT STILL NEEDED

Thu 4 Jul, 2013

Patrick Harvie, MSP for Glasgow, is welcoming the Scottish Government’s decision to end council tenants’ right to buy by 2017 but is warning that investment is still needed to boost Scotland’s housing stock.

Tenants who have the right to buy will have a period of three years to exercise it following the assent of the Housing Bill, expected next year.

Patrick Harvie said: