Greens back TUC march against Tory cuts

Sat 26 Mar, 2011

For immediate release 26 March 2011

The Scottish Greens today sent a message of support to those taking part in the TUC's march against cuts in London.

Patrick Harvie, who today attended a smaller event organised by the STUC in Glasgow, said:

Patrick Harvie condemns student arrests

Fri 25 Mar, 2011

For immediate release 25 March 2011

Patrick Harvie, Glasgow's top Green candidate for Holyrood, condemned the arrests this week of Kate Connelly, Alice Coy and Aidan Turner following the attempted eviction of the Free Hetherington at Glasgow University on 22nd March. The Free Hetherington has been occupied by students since 1st February in protest at education cuts and in support of free tuition.

On Tuesday 22nd March, University mangagement attempted to evict the occupiers and escalated the situation dramatically by involving Strathclyde Police.

Scottish Greens launch Holyrood 2011 election campaign

Thu 24 Mar, 2011

For immediate release Thursday 24 March 2011

The Scottish Greens today launched their Holyrood 2011 election campaign and introduced their top eight candidates at a press conference and photo-call in Edinburgh. The party also set out its three key campaign pledges: keeping tuition free, investing in public services through fairer taxation, and insulating every home in Scotland.

Greens slam Osborne's tax and green investment deceptions

Wed 23 Mar, 2011

For immediate release 23 March 2011

Scottish Greens dismissed George Osborne's Budget today as brimful of the wrong economic medicine. His announcements prioritise tax cuts for business while the squeeze on the public sector continues, and while households continue to suffer following his earlier regressive hike in VAT.

The deferral of the Green Investment Bank's borrowing powers until 2015 was also criticised by the Scottish Greens as another missed opportunity to stimulate green investment across the UK economy. The

No return to fees: Greens reassure students

Tue 22 Mar, 2011

For immediate use Tuesday 22 March 2011

The Scottish Greens welcomed today's march to Holyrood by thousands of students aiming to ensure that higher education in Scotland - and its funding - receives top billing in the forthcoming election campaign for the Scottish Parliament.

Although both the SNP and Labour have now committed not to reintroduce tuition fees or a graduate contribution, only the Scottish Greens are going further and setting out concrete proposals to provide proper funding for universities and students' living costs.

Greens slam attempted Glasgow Uni eviction

Tue 22 Mar, 2011

For immediate release 22 March 2011

Patrick Harvie, Glasgow's Green MSP and Cllr Martha Wardrop today condemned the attempted eviction of students from Glasgow University's Free Hetherington, formerly the Hetherington Research Club. The Free Hetherington has been occupied by students since1st February in protest at education cuts and in support of free tuition. Cllr Wardrop was in attendance at the attempted eviction.

Cllr Martha Wardrop said:

Greens: bridge contracts a breach of election rules

Mon 21 Mar, 2011

For immediate release 21 March 2011

The Green MSPs today wrote to Sir Peter Housden, Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government, challenging his decision to allow SNP Ministers to sign contracts for the additional Forth Road Bridge during the traditional election purdah period. Constitutional convention prevents Ministers from taking decisions which are "significant and may be politically contentious", and a motion in the name of Lib Dem MSP Margaret Smith challenging this decision has received support from Labour as well as Green MSPs.

Greens: SNP special pleading over cuts doesn't add up

Mon 21 Mar, 2011

For immediate release 21 March 2011

Scottish Greens have criticised the SNP for misleading over budget cuts following claims, ahead of this week's UK Budget, from Scotland's finance secretary John Swinney that they have a clear alternative to the cuts agenda being driven by the UK coalition government.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Salmond admits Forth Bridge will squeeze vital projects

Wed 16 Mar, 2011

For immediate release 16 March 2011

At a press conference today First Minister Alex Salmond confirmed that the "huge" cost of the additional Forth Road Bridge, alongside the commitment to the new Southern General in Glasgow, would "leave little room for further projects".

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

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: