Green leadership converges on Cardiff

Sun 27 Feb, 2011

For immediate release 27 February 2011

Latest poll shows Greens in contention for government

Sun 27 Feb, 2011

For immediate release 27 February 2011

The Scottish Greens today published a YouGov Holyrood poll which shows a significant boost to the Greens and Labour at the expense of the SNP and the Lib Dems. The Scotland Votes predictor indicates that if this result was repeated in May it would see the Greens treble their representation at Holyrood and the SNP lose a dozen seats, while the Lib Dems would lose almost half their current MSPs.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Greens welcome SNP u-turn on tax powers

Fri 25 Feb, 2011

For immediate release 25 February 2011

Green MSPs hail legal challenge to deepwater drilling

Thu 24 Feb, 2011

For immediate release 24 February 2011

Patrick Harvie MSP has welcomed a High Court ruling giving permission for a challenge to UK energy minister Chris Huhne's decision to grant licenses for deepwater drilling off the coast of Shetland. (1) The decision follows admissions by companies with licenses for deepwater drilling that they are unprepared for a blowout on the scale of the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

SNP accused of cover-up over £100m bridge Bill

Thu 24 Feb, 2011

For immediate release 24 February 2011

The Scottish Greens today challenged the decision by SNP Ministers to withhold information about an additional £100m liability associated with the additional Forth Road Bridge. The money is a contingent liability associated with the BP pipeline that crosses the proposed route of the bridge, an issue that Transport Scotland have known about for years.

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.