comms Tue 4 Oct, 2011

The fourth session of the Scottish Parliament is now in full swing and Alison Johnstone and I have been doing everything we can to promote the fairer, greener agenda for Scotland that thousands of you voted for back in May.

If you've been following our news releases on this page, you'll have seen some of the areas where we are providing a distinctive Green voice in the Parliament - challenging the consensus of the other parties.

SNP were told cost of AWPR could double

Fri 30 Sep, 2011

For immediate release 30 September 2011

Greens responded angrily to revelations in today's Aberdeen Press and Journal that SNP Ministers were told in 2008 that the cost of building the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route may reach

Time is right for action on free bags

Fri 30 Sep, 2011

For immediate release 30 September 2011

Greens have argued that Scotland should follow Wales and phase out free single-use bags, ahead of the Welsh law coming into force on Saturday 1st October. The party has lodged a motion* in the Scottish Parliament urging the Scottish Government to take inspiration from the experience of the Welsh Government when they launch a consultation on bags later this year.

People First march is a call to action

Fri 30 Sep, 2011

For immediate release 30 September 2011

Ahead of Saturday's 'People First' event, Greens are calling for the day's events to be a rallying point for everyone in who believes in a fairer Scotland, strong public services and opposition to the Coalition's austerity agenda.

Patrick Harvie, Glasgow's Green MSP, will speak at the rally in Kelvingrove Park alongside representatives from a wide range of Scottish communities.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Greens challenge McColl on tax status

Thu 29 Sep, 2011


For immediate release 27 September 2011

Greens today questioned the appearance of Clyde Blowers Chairman Jim McColl before the Scotland Bill committee, arguing that his personal status as a tax exile in Monaco entirely undermines his legitimacy in arguing for lower rates of corporation tax for his Scottish businesses. Jim McColl has been widely reported as paying little or no UK income tax on his fortune, recently estimated at over £800m.*

Concrete trophy projects risk social progress

Wed 21 Sep, 2011

For immediate release 21 September 2011

Greens argued that today's Spending Review constitutes a freeze on social and environmental progress and that misguided spending is sapping money away from crucial budgets on housing and public services.*

Patrick Harvie MSP said: