Speech to Conference by Caroline Lucas

Sun 7 Nov, 2010

7 November 2010

I'd like to start by thanking the organizers, and the Scottish Green Party, for such a warm welcome.

I'm very grateful for this opportunity to salute the fantastic work you are all doing to foster local parties and build grassroots support.

Building on what you have achieved already as the Scottish Green Party.

The first Green councillors elected here in Edinburgh and in Glasgow, joined by new colleagues in Aberdeenshire – congratulations.

And I'm sure we can look forward to many more taking seats in the 2012 council elections.

Scottish Greens consider Tartan Tax to protect public services

Sun 7 Nov, 2010

For immediate release 7 November 2010

Scottish Greens have this weekend voted to reject the deeply regressive cuts agenda, an agenda instigated by the Lib Dem/Tory Coalition in Westminster and now accepted by every other party in the Scottish Parliament. In particular, the Greens oppose measures that threaten the poorest in society, cut the social housing budget and child benefit, and jeopardise higher education, and believe that investment is still urgently required to boost green jobs. (1)

Scottish Greens to back AV vote while campaigning for PR

Sun 7 Nov, 2010

For immediate release 7 November 2010

The Scottish Green Party will support a Yes vote in the referendum on the Alternative Vote, expected to be held next May, but heavily criticised Lib Dem Ministers for setting a date which clashes with the Holyrood election. The party's Conference also condemned the decision by Lib Dem MPs last month to vote unanimously against an amendment by Green MP Caroline Lucas which would have given the public a chance to vote for proportional representation, specifically the Single Transferrable Vote, which was also Lib Dem policy. (1)

Harper: growth of Greens will deliver for Scotland

Sun 7 Nov, 2010

For immediate release 6 November 2010

The UK's first Green Parliamentarian today hailed his party's successes and promised a determined and distinctive election campaign in his last address to party conference as an MSP. Robin Harper - who spearheaded the Scottish Greens' growth from the mid-1980s to become a permanent and potent force in Scottish politics - will stand down from Parliament in 2011.

Minimum price for alcohol backed by Green Conference

Sun 7 Nov, 2010

For immediate release 6 November 2010

Current proposals from the Scottish Government for a minimum price for alcohol were today endorsed by the Scottish Green Party Conference, and delegates also urged Ministers to work with their counterparts in Westminster and Europe to secure cooperation on pricing.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Record attendance due at Scottish Green Party Conference

Fri 5 Nov, 2010

For immediate release 5 November 2010

Greens slam Lib Dem renewable energy stance

Thu 28 Oct, 2010

For immediate release 28 October 2010

Green MSP Patrick Harvie today attacked the LibDems for backing the UK government's proposals for renewable energy in Scotland. The Westminster coalition has announced

Greens urge Parliament to back marriage equality

Tue 19 Oct, 2010

For immediate release 19 October 2010

Green MSP Patrick Harvie today predicted the Scottish Parliament would back marriage equality during Holyrood's next session. He has this week lodged a motion welcoming the moves by other parties to support full equality, including allowing heterosexual couples to enter into civil partnerships instead of marriage if they wish.

A poll conducted for the Greens earlier this year showed that equality is now overwhelmingly popular - 58% of Scots supported the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry if they wish to, with just 19% opposed.

Coalition parties to join SNP climate climbdown today

Thu 7 Oct, 2010

For immediate release 7 October 2010

The Lib Dems are today expected to join their Conservative colleagues and SNP Ministers in voting for new and inadequate climate targets today. The regulations proposed today would see climate emissions reduced by an average of just over 0.25% per annum over the next three years. These represent an improvement on the original targets proposed in May, but still do not come close to the reductions the science requires, nor are they even a tenth of the way towards the SNP's 2007 manifesto pledge.

Land Value Tax - Greens back pick and mix taxes for Councils

Thu 7 Oct, 2010

For immediate release 4 October 2010

Local councils could be given a choice of taxes to use, the Green MSPs today suggested, following the publication today of a report on Land Value Tax by Andy Wightman. Land Value Tax remains the Greens' preferred alternative to Council Tax or Local Income Tax, but the party today proposes a radical devolution of power to local government, allowing councils to choose from a mix of taxes instead of simply switching from one universal model to another.