Johnstone and Harvie to become parliamentary co leaders

Sat 2 Mar, 2019

Alison Johnstone MSP and Patrick Harvie MSP have today (2 March) been confirmed as the Co-Leaders of the Scottish Greens Parliamentary Group following a meeting of the Scottish Green Party National Council, who approved the proposals brought forward by the MSP group.

The MSPs will share leadership responsibilities in parliament including speaking for the party at set piece events such as First Ministers Questions, which Ms Johnstone will do for the first time this Thursday.

Maggie Chapman remains a Co-Convenor of the party's national Council.

Johnstone calls for end to hare slaughter      

Fri 1 Mar, 2019

Alison Johnstone MSP has today (1 Mar) repeated her call for an end the indiscriminate slaughter of mountain hares in Scotland. Today marks the first day of the closed season, which runs until the end of July, during which hares can only be killed under licence.

Evidence suggests that hare numbers have fallen dramatically in parts of the Highlands, and the Green MSP, who is the species champion for the mountain hare, is calling for an end to the mass killing of the iconic creatures on grouse moors.

Alison Johnstone MSP said:

Scotland needs 20mph vision for safer streets

Mark Ruskell MSP Fri 1 Mar, 2019

It was over three decades ago that a child in my class at school was struck down and killed while out playing on his bike. His death sent out a shock wave throughout the whole school community and although I didn’t know him that well, his death still preys on my mind today, especially when I see my own kids enjoying playing out.

HARVIE: SPEED UP ACTION ON ASYLUM SEEKER HOUSING

Wed 27 Feb, 2019

Scottish Greens MSP Patrick Harvie has called on the Scottish Government to step up action on emergency housing for asylum seekers, after new guidance was issued today (27 February 2019) by local government body COSLA.

The guidance explores how councils can provide support for vulnerable people who are classed under UK immigration law as having no recourse to public funds. It clarifies that there is no general prohibition on using public funds and that charities can be supported to provide assistance in line with their legal objectives to relieve poverty and destitution.

Flights increase shows absurdity of air tax plan

Wed 27 Feb, 2019

Figures showing a 30% increase in air passengers over the last five years should see the Scottish Government’s absurd plans to slash air passenger duty scrapped, according to Scottish Greens Finance spokesperson Patrick Harvie MSP.

The Scottish Transport Statistics published today (27 Feb) show there were 28.8 million air passengers at Scottish airports in 2017, an increase of 7% in the last year, and almost 30% in the last five years.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Greens respond to disappointing Transport stats

Wed 27 Feb, 2019

The Scottish Government has this morning (27 Feb) published its latest transport statistics.

The figures show an increase in car usage and rail journeys, and a decrease in bus patronage and people cycling.

Scottish Greens Transport spokesperson John Finnie MSP said:

Put fair work at the heart of social care, says Johnstone

Tue 26 Feb, 2019

Scottish Greens Health spokesperson Alison Johnstone MSP has today (26 Feb) called on the Scottish Government to put fair work at the heart of Scotland’s social care sector, by accepting in full the recommendations of The Fair Work Convention’s review, Fair Work in Scotland’s Social Care Sector 2019

Finnie calls for ferries review after breakdowns

Mon 25 Feb, 2019

Scottish Greens Transport spokesperson John Finnie MSP has called on the Scottish Government to urgently review its ferries plan in light of new figures, which show that almost 800 Calmac sailings were cancelled because of mechanical breakdowns last year.

According to figures obtained from Calmac by Mr Finnie, 780 services were cancelled for technical reasons in 2018, 150 more than in 2017. [1]

Highlands and Islands Green MSP John Finnie said:

Greens reveal Scotland’s ten most skipped stations

Fri 22 Feb, 2019

Scottish Greens Transport spokesperson John Finnie MSP has today (22 Feb) revealed Scotland’s most skipped rail stations.

Figures obtained from the Scottish Government by Mr Finnie show that in 2018, 2,131 incidences of stop skipping were recorded on ScotRail services, with ten stations being skipped on more than 100 occasions. 

The ten most skipped stations in 2018 were:

1. Drumry - 166

2. Anniesland - 158

3. Westerton - 142

4. Coatbridge Sunnyside - 122

5. Falkirk High - 119

6. Edinburgh Park - 107

7. Singer - 107

Impact of MPs going independent goes well beyond simple tally of numbers

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 22 Feb, 2019

Writing about the turbulent UK political landscape is tricky these days, given that almost anything could be out of date in a matter of hours. How many MPs will be sitting with the new Independent Group by the time this column goes to print?