Independent Scotland must be free of nuclear weapons

Thu 2 Sep, 2021

Turning the Faslane naval base into a nuclear armed Gunatanamo Bay style British enclave once Scotland becomes independent would be completely unacceptable, Scottish Greens MSP Ross Greer has said.

The Financial Times has reported that this is one of the contingencies drawn up by the Ministry of Defence should Scotland become independent.

Ross Greer, Green MSP for the West of Scotland region which includes the Faslane and Coulport facilities, said:

Assurances sought on covid certification

Wed 1 Sep, 2021

Scottish Greens health and social care spokesperson Gillian Mackay MSP has sought assurances from the Scottish Government following its announcement of its intention to introduce COVID-19 certification to access certain ‘high risk’ venues.

Responding to the First Minister’s statement Ms Mackay highlighted the importance of ensuring that the certification process doesn’t adversely affect vulnerable people in our communities.

Gillian Mackay said:

CCC issue Cambo warning

Tue 31 Aug, 2021

The UK Climate Change Committee has warned that the case for approving the vast Cambo oil field off the coast of Shetland has not been made.

Despite the warnings from the IPCC report on climate breakdown and warning from the UN Secretary General, the UK Government remains committed to expanding oil and gas production in the North sea and is set to approve the opening of the Cambo field too.

Scottish Green Party members approve “historic” co-op deal

Sat 28 Aug, 2021

Scottish Green Party members have approved the party’s cooperation agreement, clearing the way for co-leaders Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater to become Scotland's (and the UK’s) first Green ministers.

The agreement was approved overwhelmingly by members at a meeting this morning and ratified by the party’s national council afterward.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Green deal will deliver 5000 new teachers

Tue 24 Aug, 2021

The delivery of 5000 new teaching posts as part of the co-operation deal between the Scottish Greens and the Scottish Government will go a long way to tackling unsustainable teacher workloads, Scottish Greens Education Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP has said.

The agreement would go well beyond the SNP’s manifesto commitment of ‘3500 additional teachers and classroom assistants.’

Ross Greer MSP said:

“The commitment to an additional 5,000 teaching posts in this co-operation agreement is a real statement of intent on the part of the Scottish Greens.

Greens welcome public inquiry announcement

Tue 24 Aug, 2021

Commenting on the news that the Scottish Government is to establish a COVID-19 public inquiry before the end of the year, Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater MSP said:

“The coronavirus crisis has been the most significant public health emergency for generations. The pandemic has impacted the way we all live our lives, and sadly many thousands have not survived.

Co-operation agreement will see transport transformation

Mon 23 Aug, 2021

A draft co-operation agreement between the Scottish Greens and the Scottish Government will transform Scotland’s transport network if approved by party members this weekend, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie has said.

Climate action central to Greens and government deal

Fri 20 Aug, 2021

Action on tackling the climate emergency is central to the draft cooperation deal agreed between the Scottish Greens and Scottish Government.

The draft policy programme, published today, would see two Scottish Green MSPs take ministerial posts, marking the first time Green politicians have taken a role in government anywhere in any of the UK nations. They would work to deliver a shared broad policy agenda that will tackle the climate crisis, create thousands of quality jobs  and make Scotland fairer.

Greens: GERS figures not full economic story of pandemic

Wed 18 Aug, 2021

New deficit figures reflect the response to the pandemic in terms of government spending but do not cover the real economic challenges facing Scotland, the Scottish Greens have said.

The annual Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) report shows public sector spending rising in the 2020-21 tax year as emergency measures were put in place to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

Scottish Greens co-leader and finance spokesperson Patrick Harvie said: