Holyrood pressed to end Voda contract over tax-dodging

Wed 23 Feb, 2011

For immediate release 23 February 2011

Green MSP Patrick Harvie today challenged the Scottish Parliament's Corporate Body to end their current contract with Vodafone unless the phone company can demonstrate it pays full UK corporation tax on all its profits. Vodafone have recently avoided almost

Greens welcome Aitken's resignation

Mon 21 Feb, 2011

For immediate release 21 February 2011

Tory MSP Bill Aitken has resigned as Convenor of the Justice Committee for an interview he gave about a rape case, and following a motion in the name of Green MSP Patrick Harvie calling on him to quit. The Green MSPs today welcomed his decision as one which will help restore the reputation of the Parliament and the Justice Committee in particular.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Holyrood motion to call for Aitken's resignation

Sun 20 Feb, 2011

For immediate release 20 February 2011

Green MSP Patrick Harvie will tomorrow lodge a motion to the Scottish Parliament severely criticising Justice Committee Convenor Bill Aitken for comments he made about rape in a recent interview, and calling for his resignation.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Unnecessary school cuts forced through

comms Tue 15 Feb, 2011

In my last post I said I did not expect Aberdeenshire Council's budget setting meeting, which took place yesterday (10 February), to be either lengthy or out of the ordinary.

I was only half right. The meeting lasted less than two hours.

Glasgow University urged not to cut courses

Tue 15 Feb, 2011

For immediate release 15 February 2011

The Green MSPs today lodged a motion at Holyrood ahead of a vote at Glasgow University Court tomorrow on axing undergraduate courses, including many modern European languages, nursing and anthropology. The motion criticises the shortage of time for consultation and urges the Court to rethink their proposals. The British Academy recently set out the urgency of the case for protecting language courses in particular. 

Souter donation shames SNP

Sun 13 Feb, 2011

For immediate release 13 February 2011

Grand coalition puts Scottish public services to the knife

Wed 9 Feb, 2011

For immediate release 9 February 2011

The Green MSPs today voted against John Swinney's Budget on the basis that the SNP have just passed on Tory cuts, but a "Grand Cuts Coalition" of the Tories and the Lib Dems ensured the Budget passed. Earlier this week, the Greens set out measures to protect

Greens set out alternative Budget proposals

Tue 8 Feb, 2011

For immediate release 7 February 2011

The Green MSPs have today set out almost

Council budget to be set this Thursday

comms Mon 7 Feb, 2011

This coming Thursday (10 February), Aberdeenshire Council will formally set its revenue budget for the financial year starting in April.

Despite Aberdeenshire Council facing the worst budget cuts in its history, I do not expect the budget meeting to be especially lengthy or dramatic. This is because the bulk of the cuts the Council will make in 2011/12 were voted through by the ruling Liberal Democrat/Conservative coalition - with SNP support - at the full council meeting on 25 November.

Greens propose new deal on tax and capital for Councils

Sun 6 Feb, 2011

For immediate release 6 February 2010

The Scottish Green MSPs today set out an alternative model for the Scottish Government to work with Scotland's 32 local authorities and support prudent capital investment. Under existing "prudential borrowing" rules, local councils could invest to support community energy generation, protect public services and create jobs, while Scottish Ministers are not currently empowered to borrow even to invest.