Deeply concerning waiting time figures for cancer patients

Tue 26 Sep, 2017

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, described today's waiting time figures for cancer patients as "deeply concerning".

Across Scotland, only 86.9 per cent of patients started treatment within 62 days between April and June this year, missing the Scottish Government target of 95 per cent, and down from 88.1 per cent the previous quarter.

Only three NHS boards met the target: Dumfries & Galloway, Lanarkshire and Orkney.

Poll shows proposed aviation tax cut hugely unpopular with public

Mon 25 Sep, 2017

The Scottish Green MSPs, who have been campaigning against Scottish Government plans to cut aviation tax, today (25 Sep) published a poll showing that the proposed cut is hugely unpopular with the public.

The Survation survey of 1,000 Scots shows, of those expressing an opinion, that three out of four would rather the Scottish Government prioritised spending on everyday public transport such as buses and trains while just one in four support the Air Departure Tax cut.

Cross-party letter to Spanish government whose actions in Catalonia are violating democracy

Sun 24 Sep, 2017

Politicians from across Scotland’s constitutional divide have united to send a message to the Spanish government that its actions in Catalonia are violating the “the norms of European democracy”. 

In a letter (below) put together by Ross Greer and signed by MSPs from the Greens, Labour, SNP and Lib Dems, the politicians say that the escalation of tensions over the proposed independence referendum, to be held on 1 October, can only be resolved through political action, dialogue and by allowing the people to “express their will democratically”.

Government still not listening on standardised testing say Greens

Fri 22 Sep, 2017

Reports that teachers are ready to boycott new standardised is “little wonder” say the Greens, who accuse the Scottish Government of refusing to listen to education experts.

The party’s education spokesperson, Ross Greer also says the policy should be ditched altogether but gave a cautious welcome to an announcement from ministers that no pupil-level data will be collected from new national Standardised Assessments.

West of Scotland MSP, Ross Greer said:

Our future prosperity lies with the low carbon economy

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 22 Sep, 2017

I promise not to ask readers of the National for any more favours (at least until next month) if you could all do me one tiny thing today: respond to the Scottish Government’s climate change bill consultation before it closes at midnight.

We welcome CAA halting plans for new flight paths out of Edinburgh Airport

Fri 22 Sep, 2017

Green MSPs have welcomed the news that plans for new flight paths out of Edinburgh Airport have been put on hold, but say that proper consideration need to be given to Scotland’s transport priorities before the plans can continue.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that it will not proceed with the airport’s application due to technical issues with the plans. 

Johnstone uses FMQs to highlight "gazumping" of community buy-out of Sick Kids Hospital

Thu 21 Sep, 2017

Alison Johnstone, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian, today (21 Sep) used First Minister's Questions to highlight the "gazumping" of one of Scotland’s first major urban community buy-outs, the Sick Kids Hospital site in Edinburgh.

Alison asked the First Minister what more her government would do to support community bids in light of NHS Lothian selling the site to a student-accommodation developer. 

A community trust had notified Scottish Ministers of their interest back in April.

First Minister accused by Greens of slow down on climate action

Thu 21 Sep, 2017

The First Minister was warned today that the Scottish Government's proposed Climate Change Bill represents a "slowing down" of action to reduce damaging greenhouse gas emissions caused by transport, energy, homes and industry.

At First Minister’s Questions, Patrick Harvie said that continuing emissions reductions at the same rate as the past decade would lead to a 100% reduction by 2040, whereas the government's much weaker proposal is to aim for a 90% reduction by 2050.

JOHNSTONE OPPOSES WALLYFORD GREYHOUND EXPLOITATION

Alison Johnstone MSP Thu 21 Sep, 2017

Alison has joined local campaigners and leading animal welfare charity OneKind, in calling for a halt to plans to open a new greyhound racing track in Wallyford, East Lothian.

In March, plans for a car park and 94 ‘high end’ houses to enable development of the stadium, at the site originally identified for business use, were approved by councillors after an application for development was rejected in 2011, with that decision overturned by the Scottish Government on appeal.

Alison said:

Wightman quizzes Ministers about "strange" funding relationship with Royal Household

Wed 20 Sep, 2017

Andy Wightman, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian, today (20 Sep) used Culture Questions at Holyrood to quiz Scottish Ministers about their "strange" funding relationship with the Royal Household.
 
Mr Wightman has previously raised concerns that the public purse is paying for the cost of staff and maintenance at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, while the Royal Collection Trust keeps all the entrance money.