Tory cuts or progressive taxes - Swinney to decide

Tue 16 Nov, 2010

For immediate release 16 November 2010

Tomorrow's Draft Budget from Scottish Ministers is expected to confirm that the SNP intend merely to implement Tory cuts rather than setting a more progressive course for Scotland. The Scottish Greens will continue to argue that Ministers should look at an alternative approach and use the existing powers of the Scottish Parliament to raise revenue, either through the introduction of a Land Value Tax, other local taxes, or the Scottish Variable Rate of income tax.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

SNP climate spin revealed

Fri 12 Nov, 2010

For immediate release 12 November 2010

The Scottish Green Party today published research showing that almost a quarter of the carbon cuts claimed by Scottish Ministers since simply have not been achieved. The emissions from Scotland's offshore oil and gas industry have been kept off Scotland's books by UK administrations keen to undermine the SNP argument that "it's Scotland's oil". Even these emissions do not count the climate consequences of burning the oil and gas extracted, merely those associated with extraction and production.

Step change required in Council performance

comms Thu 11 Nov, 2010

'Not good enough - must try harder' is probably a fair assessment of Aberdeenshire Council's performance on meeting climate change targets.

All councils are going to have to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions arising from their operations on an on-going basis as part of meeting national targets on climate change. The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 requires a cut in emissions of 42 per cent by 2020 and at least 80 per cent by 2050 (compared with 1990 levels).

Unholy alliance fail Scotland on minimum pricing

Wed 10 Nov, 2010

For immediate release 10 November 2010

The Green MSPs today backed proposals from Scottish Ministers for a minimum price per unit for alcohol, but the Conservatives, Lib Dems and Labour united to vote down this measure.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

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: