SNP cuts to education challenged at Holyrood

Wed 16 Mar, 2011

For immediate release 16 March 2011

The Scottish Parliament today debated higher education funding, and the Green MSPs challenged SNP Ministers over the "efficiency savings" being imposed. These decisions are leading to strikes and disputes, including at two of Edinburgh's universities today.

Robin Harper MSP said:

Leslie Spoor, teacher and political activist, 12th October 1910 – 13th March 2011

comms Wed 16 Mar, 2011

I am sad to report that Leslie Spoor, the principal founder of the Scottish Green Party, died last Sunday aged 100.

A political activist all his life, Leslie was involved in the 1936 Battle of Cable Street, when 300,000 antifascists stood against the British Union of Fascists’ planned march through the Jewish East End.

Greens slam SNP reliance on carbon capture

Mon 14 Mar, 2011

For immediate release 14 March 2011

Greens: SNP and others not credible on fees

Sat 12 Mar, 2011

For immediate release 12 March 2011

Today's claim by the SNP that they will not u-turn on fees if re-elected is simply not credible, Greens today argued. First, they have no plan to pay for higher education, and remain committed simply to passing on the Tory cuts to Scottish public services. Second, Alex Salmond deceived students before, in 2007 when he pledged to abolish student debt, a policy they dropped as soon as they took office.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Welcome for strong showing by Green Party in Aberdeenshire schools election

Sat 12 Mar, 2011

For immediate release 11 March 2011

The Scottish Green Party emerged as the biggest gainer in this year's Aberdeenshire schools election when the votes were counted at Inverurie Academy this afternoon.

The Green Party topped the poll at Banchory Academy and was second by just seven votes at Mackie Academy. The Green Party's vote share on the regional ballot paper entitled it to two 'list' seats, so the Party won three seats in total, the same number as Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the SNP. The Conservatives won a total of two seats.

Highland Hustings

comms Fri 11 Mar, 2011

Campaigning as a regional candidate for Highlands and Islands is a bit different from campaigning anywhere else. The region is the size of Belgium (as I may have mentioned before), it covers six local authorities and includes most of Scotland's inhabited islands. The last time I counted there were 26 local newspapers not including online or community newsletters. It has places that speak English, places that speak Gaelic and places that speak various dialects of Scots. It's huge, and it's varied, and the issues are diverse.

Greens support Edinburgh unemployment services

Wed 9 Mar, 2011

For immediate release 09 March 2011

Robin Harper MSP today attacked the brutal cuts facing Edinburgh's unemployment services during a debate brought by Sarah Boyack MSP, and restated the need for a youth microfinance scheme as an addition to continued funding of existing services to help tackle unemployment amongst Edinburgh's young people.

Robin Harper MSP said:

Greens: key questions remain on Subway modernisation

Wed 9 Mar, 2011

For immediate release 9 March 2011

Patrick Harvie, Glasgow's Green MSP, today welcomed the announcement that Scottish Ministers plan to invest in the Glasgow subway, but noted that no timescale or level of funding had yet been committed to. The Greens support substantial investment in Scotland' only underground system, which is the world's third oldest network and in urgent need of maintenance and upgrading.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Latest poll predicts Green gains

Mon 7 Mar, 2011

For immediate release 7 March 2011

A TNS-BMRB poll in today's Herald predicts a trebling of the number of Greens at Holyrood and a widening of the gap between Labour and the SNP, confirming a trend in recent polls.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Poll boost

comms Thu 3 Mar, 2011

It's no surprise to see both the SNP and the Lib Dems falling in the latest poll as their cuts start to bite, nor that the Tories remain relatively unscathed. Their voters are getting pretty much what they asked for, however much I may dislike their agenda.