MARINE PROTECTED AREAS MUST RESTORE BALANCE SAYS JOHNSTONE

Thu 25 Jul, 2013

Alison Johnstone, MSP for Lothian and a member of Holyrood’s economy, energy and tourism committee, is giving a cautious welcome to the launch of a Scottish Government consultation on proposed Marine Protected Areas.
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BETTER BUSES: HARVIE BACKS BID FOR REGULATION

Thu 25 Jul, 2013

Patrick Harvie, MSP for Glasgow and creator of the Better Buses campaign, has given his backing to proposals to re-regulate Scotland’s bus services.
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GREENS ISSUE INDYREF CHALLENGE ON UNBURNABLE OIL

Tue 23 Jul, 2013

HARVIE CALLS FOR INDEPENDENT ADVISOR; MAKE COMPANIES REPORT EMISSIONS POTENTIAL

Scottish Greens are calling on both sides in the independence debate to prove that they understand the serious climate implications of promising to extract every last drop of North Sea oil.

Thoughts on the latest cycle fatalities

comms Fri 19 Jul, 2013

A cyclist killed after being struck by a lorry was a member of an athletics club rocked by a similar tragedy just weeks ago.

My heart goes out to the families and friends of both men who have died doing something that they clearly both loved. Although both tragedies took place in very different places, the common theme is that both were victims of a transport system which treats cyclists as second-class citizens.

Involving staff and students in the governance of higher education

comms Fri 19 Jul, 2013

The Scottish Code of Good Higher Education Governance has been published today.

Involving staff and students in the governance of a higher education institution should be the norm, and I hope Scotland’s universities comply with this new code as quickly as possible.

Making the membership of governing bodies more representative of society is to be welcomed, as is the transparency around senior salaries.

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.