Thu 20 Jun, 2013

Patrick Harvie, MSP for Glasgow, is urging the Scottish Government to act upon the findings of a major report by Oxfam Scotland.

Johnstone: Cycle Plan Needs Cash To Succeed

Wed 19 Jun, 2013

Alison Johnstone MSP is calling for today’s revised Cycle Action Plan for Scotland to be matched with new funding from across Scottish Government budgets to meet its ambitions.

Alison led a Scottish Parliament debate on cycling last year, and started the Cross Party Group on Cycling.

Johnstone Concerned At Pay Rise For Lothian Buses Chief

Wed 19 Jun, 2013

Alison Johnstone, MSP for Lothian, is expressing concern at the 26 per cent rise in pay for the chief executive of Lothian Buses.

Ian Craig’s salary is now £265,000.

Alison said:

Scottish Greens Lodge Official Complaint with BBC Question Time

Thu 13 Jun, 2013

13 June 2013

Scottish Greens have lodged an official complaint with the BBC about the lack of balance on Question Time, and have asked for an urgent meeting with corporation managers so they can explain how they will remedy the problem.

Tonight's edition of the programme comes from Edinburgh, features an audience of 16 and 17 year olds and is billed on the BBC website as including discussion on independence.

Planning Principles "Turn Common Sense On It's Head"

Wed 12 Jun, 2013

The Scottish Greens have urged Ministers to rethink key planning documents to put sustainable development as the key principle when making planning decisions.


Employment: Small Business Support Crucial Says Johnstone

Wed 12 Jun, 2013

Alison Johnstone, Green MSP for Lothian and a member of Holyrood's economy committee, is urging further investment in small businesses to help drive down youth unemployment.

The number of jobless in Scotland fell by 6,000 to 194,000 between February and April this year. Youth unemployment was 6.1 per cent lower than the same period last year.

The Scottish Government has today (12 June) announced measures to support youth employment, including a £37million SME Growth Programme.

Alison said:

“I would like to see more people move from spectator to participator…”

comms Wed 12 Jun, 2013

This week in the Holyrood chamber I spoke about the importance of helping our young people develop a passion for sport. Here’s what I had to say…

Edinburgh Should Value It's Greenbelt Land

comms Mon 10 Jun, 2013

I’m urging Edinburgh residents concerned at the proposed Local Development Plan to have their say before the city council’s consultation closes later this week (14 June).

Government Misses Second CO2 Target: Greens Demand Debate

Fri 7 Jun, 2013

Scottish Greens are demaning an urgent debate in parliament following the failure to meet Scotland's legally-binding greenhouse gas reduction targets for the second year in a row.

Figures released today (7 June) show Scotland emitted almost a million tonnes of CO2 equivalent more than the target laid down in the Climate Change Act. This follows last year's figures which showed a similar failure.

The target for 2011 was 53.4 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents. Emissions were 54.2 million.

Research Shows Logic Of Left Voting Yes In IndyRef

Thu 6 Jun, 2013

Responding to analysis by ScotCen Social Research, Green MSP Patrick Harvie says it is increasingly clear that left-leaning voters who care about social justice should vote Yes in next year's independence referendum.