For a just and welcoming Scotland in the heart of Europe, vote Green

Maggie Chapman Mon 29 Apr, 2019

In 2014 Scotland had a vote. No, not that one. Before the independence referendum came the European election. It feels like a lifetime ago. And unlike in 2014, next month’s European elections have a much higher profile. In just under a month’s time, Scots will go to the polls to vote for representation in the European Parliament. It is vital that we have voices who can represent the internationalist, welcoming country that Scotland aspires to be.

FMQs: Greens challenge SNP over Indy economic vision

Thu 25 Apr, 2019

Scottish independence must offer the hope of a genuine change of economic direction, instead of mimicking the UK's failed austerity agenda, according to Scottish Greens parliamentary co-leader Patrick Harvie. The Scottish Government backed Green calls for a Green New Deal in Parliament yesterday, and Harvie today challenged Nicola Sturgeon to be more ambitious in following through on this commitment, and to ensure that the independence campaign doesn’t close the door on this agenda.

Ruskell queries ‘final warning’ on Mossmoran flaring

Thu 25 Apr, 2019

Scottish Greens MSP Mark Ruskell has urged the Scottish Government to take action after gas flaring by ExxonMobil at its Mossmoran plant since the Easter weekend has led to record complaints from affected residents.

Mr Ruskell, Green MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, has called on the First Minister to intervene after the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) said it was launching a new investigation into the flaring, despite them having already issued ExxonMobil with a ‘final warning’ letter in April 2018 over ‘preventable and unacceptable’ flaring.

Parliament backs a Green New Deal

Wed 24 Apr, 2019

Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP has welcomed the Scottish Parliament’s backing for a Green New Deal following a debate in parliament this evening.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

SNP LOSE VOTE ON GP SHORTAGES

Wed 24 Apr, 2019

The Scottish Government has been defeated in a vote on GP shortages after opposition parties united behind a Scottish Greens motion brought by parliamentary co-leader Alison Johnstone MSP.

The debate highlighted local issues all over Scotland as a result of challenges recruiting and retaining GPs while demand for services is growing. The opposition parties backed calls from the British Medical Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners for 11pc of the Health budget to go to GP services.

Alison Johnstone MSP said:

Wightman: More radical action needed on vacant land blight

Wed 24 Apr, 2019

Progress on reducing the amount of vacant and derelict land in Scotland is welcome, but more radical action is needed to stop the blight and create opportunities for local communities, according to Scottish Greens land reform spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP.

The total amount of derelict and urban vacant land in Scotland decreased by 716 hectares (6%) in the past year but there are still over 11,000 hectares – equivalent to around two-thirds of the land area of Glasgow – which could be put to better use.

Greens welcome independence announcement

Wed 24 Apr, 2019

Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Alison Johnstone MSP this afternoon welcomed the statement from the First Minister outlining plans for a future independence referendum.

Alison said:

“The Scottish Greens have always believed that Scotland’s future should be in Scotland’s hands, as an independent nation at the heart of Europe. The Brexit shambles has only confirmed our belief that we would be far better governing ourselves. So we welcome the First Minister’s statement today.

Greens bring vote on GP resources

Mon 22 Apr, 2019

Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Alison Johnstone MSP will bring a vote to the Scottish Parliament this week calling for improved resources to tackle the GP retention and recruitment crisis.

The Lothian MSP will highlight that, despite the Scottish Government’s health and social care integration programme encouraging greater demand for services closer to home, GP surgeries are struggling to provide the necessary care our communities require due to a lack of resources.

A Green New Deal for Scotland

Mon 22 Apr, 2019

Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP will this week bring forward a debate calling on the Scottish Government to develop a Green New Deal policy for Scotland.

The Glasgow MSP will highlight the growing interest in Scotland and across the world in a Green New Deal, an agenda which requires the mobilisation of regulatory, fiscal and monetary powers to achieve a rapid and just transition to a zero carbon economy.

Last month the Greens brought forward a motion to declare a climate emergency, but this was voted down by every other party.

Choose Hope Over Hate

Alison Johnstone MSP Sat 20 Apr, 2019

European elections are coming up in May and they will be the most important we’ve ever had. They represent a chance for Scotland’s voice to be heard at last, after repeatedly being treated with contempt in the years since the EU referendum.

Scottish Greens have fought tirelessly for Scotland’s remain vote to be respected. These elections are a chance to prove there is in fact growing support for staying in the EU, but not only that, they are also a chance to show that we reject the hateful ideology at the very heart of the Brexit project and oust those MEPs who’ve enabled it.