Muirfield vote to admit women members is welcome

14 March, 2017 - 14:40

Alison Johnstone MSP, Sport spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (14 March) welcomed the result of a vote at Muirfield golf club in East Lothian to admit women members for the first time.

Last year, golf's ruling body, the R&A, removed Muirfield from the Open Championship roster after it failed to admit women members.

Alison Johnstone, MSP for Lothian and co-founder of the Women 50:50 campaign group, said:

“The resounding support for women’s membership is welcome. Well done to those members who pushed hard to get this shift in views and policy.

As well as building more homes, we need to bring Scotland’s empty homes back into use

13 March, 2017 - 14:11

Andy Wightman MSP, Housing spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (13 March) urged greater effort to bring empty homes back into use.

Scottish Ministers today confirmed that £590 million is being made available to increase the supply of affordable homes in Scotland over the coming year.

Green MSPs point out that given average property prices, this funding will only deliver 4,000 homes or 8 per cent of the government's target of 50,000 homes by 2021.

Andy Wightman, Housing spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and  MSP for Lothian, said:

Greens Welcome Referendum Call

13 March, 2017 - 12:31

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, today (13 March) welcomed confirmation from the First Minister that she is seeking a Section 30 Order from the UK Government to give the Scottish Parliament temporary power to call a referendum on independence.
Patrick, who sits on Holyrood's Finance & Constitution Committee, said:

Our focus is clear - our councils and the services they deliver matter to people

11 March, 2017 - 12:56

The success of the Scottish Greens’ six MSPs at Holyrood shows that the party is ready for electoral success in May’s council elections, Patrick Harvie told the Scottish Greens’ spring conference in Glasgow. 

Harvie said that “council services matter” and that the election is a vital choice between “starving them of funds, selling them off”, or “investing in them to make all our communities better”. A poll by Ipsos MORI published earlier this week showed that the party could be set to make council election gains across Scotland. 

Vote Green to protect public services & put power in your hands

11 March, 2017 - 08:00

Maggie Chapman, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, will today (11 March) open the party's Spring Conference in Glasgow with a prediction that more Green councillors elected in May will mean power for communities to protect local services and renew local democracy.

The Scottish Greens are fielding a record 200+ candidates for the local council elections on 4 May, aiming to build on councillor groups in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, Aberdeenshire and Midlothian, and secure their first councillors in most other local authorities.

If we're serious about reducing health inequality in society we must increase and target our resources

10 March, 2017 - 15:09

Commenting on confirmation of £71.6 million of funding from the Scottish Government to support general practice, Scottish Greens health spokesperson Alison Johnstone MSP said:

"Extra funds for general practice are welcome given the huge workload pressures our GPs are under. However, how funding is divided amongst practices is an issue that needs addressed. 

Let's make our local democracy really mean something

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 10 Mar

As Green activists gather in Glasgow this weekend for our spring conference, there will be a shiver of excitement in the air. Partly that’s because they read the same polls you did yesterday, showing the independence argument on a knife-edge. Partly it’s because we see that issue looking more and more likely to offer Scotland an escape route from the UK’s Brexit nightmare.

Climate Plan shows Scot Gov have given up on walking & cycling, and reducing pollution from farming

10 March, 2017 - 09:12

Scottish Green MSPs say that the draft Climate Plan published by the Scottish Government shows that ministers have given up on key issues such as increasing walking and cycling, and reducing pollution from farming. Four Holyrood committees have today (10 March) published reports criticising the draft plan.

Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP, a member of Holyrood's Environment Committee, said:

We propose a new relationship of equals between the Scottish Government and local councils

10 March, 2017 - 08:24

Andy Wightman MSP, Local Government spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (10 March) published a report urging a new relationship of equals between the Scottish Government and local councils.

The report, A Fiscal Framework for Local Government, points out that there are no fixed rules underpinning the way that local councils are funded by the Scottish Government.

In this year's budget discussions, Green MSPs pressed for and secured an additional £160million for local councils to spend on local priorities.

Greens head to spring conference buoyed by council poll

9 March, 2017 - 17:38

The Scottish Greens have welcomed a poll by Ipsos MORI showing that the party could be set to make gains at the council elections across Scotland in May.

The poll puts the party on eight percent of first preference votes, an indication that voters “continue to back the Greens” says Andy Wightman MSP.