Finnie urges investment in cycling infrastructure as figures show rise in road deaths

14 June, 2017 - 13:53

John Finnie MSP, Transport spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (14 June) urged investment in cycling infrastructure in light of figures showing a rise in road deaths, including a rise in cycling fatalities.

In 2016 there were 191 fatalities, fourteen per cent more than in 2015, and 8 cycling fatalities, three more than in 2015.

John Finnie MSP said:

Default 20 mph speed limit in residential streets and better public transport can help tackle the public health crisis that is air pollution

14 June, 2017 - 10:05

A default 20 mph speed limit in residential streets and better public transport can help tackle the public health crisis that is air pollution, according to Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, who will today (14 June) lead a debate at Holyrood on National Clean Air Day.

'Teachers are already considering going on strike and rising inflation will only make the situation worse'

13 June, 2017 - 16:23

The prospect of teachers supporting industrial action was discussed at Holyrood today when a Green MSP questioned the Scottish Government’s lack of action on improving teacher salaries.

Ross Greer MSP questioned the education secretary about the freeze on teacher salaries in the wake of the EIS union voting to launch a campaign that could include strike action in response to real terms cuts in salaries over the last decade.

In response, Education Secretary John Swinney acknowledged that it was “difficult to support” the public sector pay freeze.

Greens say policy change needed to stop emissions rise

13 June, 2017 - 16:19

Greenhouse gas emissions will continue to rise under the SNP if the party continues with its plans to cut Air Passenger Duty say the Scottish Greens.

The Greens called into question the Scottish Government policy after new figures published today revealed that transport has overtaken energy as Scotland’s most polluting sector.

Ruskell, a Mid Scotland and Fife MSP, said:

Ruskell hits out at SNP and Tory MSPs for supporting a return to amputating puppies' tails

13 June, 2017 - 14:07

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (13 June) hit out at SNP and Tory MSPs for supporting a return to amputating puppies' tails.

The Scottish Government brought its proposed relaxation of a ten-year ban on tail docking in working dogs to today's Environment Committee at Holyrood.

SNP and Tory MSPs voted in support of the move, with Green MSP Mark Ruskell and two Labour MSPs opposing it.

Mark Ruskell said:

Holyrood now has the power to begin to build a fairer system of helping disabled people

Alison Johnstone MSP Fri 9 Jun

Brexit and independence dominated the General Election campaign. Brexit deservedly so as it poses a huge risk to our social and environmental protections, our economy and public services, while the independence obsession of the pro-UK parties diverted attention from the Tories’ track record in office.
 
In particular, I’m disappointed there wasn’t more scrutiny of Westminster’s welfare reforms which have had a hugely negative impact on disabled people.
 

We're determined to continue long haul campaign to elect Scotland's first Green MP

9 June, 2017 - 04:08

The Scottish Greens say they are determined to continue their "long haul" campaign to elect Scotland's first Green MP following the results of the snap General Election.

Green co-convener Patrick Harvie increased the party’s vote share in Glasgow North from 6.2 per cent to 9.7 per cent.

Patrick said:

Greer urges Scot Gov to rethink proposal for "fast-track" teaching scheme

8 June, 2017 - 08:00

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (8 June) urged the Scottish Government to rethink its proposal to launch a "fast-track" teaching scheme which would give unqualified people teaching roles in schools.

The controversial move has prompted an emergency motion condemning the proposal at today's EIS teaching union Annual General Meeting.

The teaching union says parachuting non-qualified people into schools is not a solution to the recruitment challenges being faced.

Polluting Together: SNP united with UK parties on oil policy say Greens

7 June, 2017 - 16:37

The SNP is united with the three UK parties on a policy of “maximum oil extraction” Patrick Harvie MSP has claimed at the last session of First Minister’s Questions before the General Election.

The Scottish Greens’ co-convener pressed the First Minister to put on record exactly how much of Scotland’s fossil fuels must be “left unburned” so that the country can surpass the goals set by the Paris climate agreement in limiting the impact of climate change.

Ruskell questions Environment Secretary on lack of support from vets for allowing puppies' tails to be amputated

7 June, 2017 - 15:54

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (7 June) used Question Time at Holyrood to quiz the Environment Secretary on the lack of support from vets for allowing healthy puppies' tails to be amputated.
 
A ban on tail docking in working dogs in Scotland has been in place for a decade.

The Scottish Government’s proposed relaxation of the ban will be voted on at the Environment Committee on Tuesday, with a full vote in the parliament chamber expected after.