Greens call for expulsion of Russian Consul General

Wed 24 Aug, 2022

The Scottish Greens are calling for the Russian Consul General in Edinburgh to be expelled from the UK ‘with immediate effect’. The call comes six months to the day since Russia launched its brutal invasion of Ukraine, which also celebrates its independence day today.

The Green say that Russian Consul General Andrey Yakovlev and his staff should be banished and their official Kremlin residence at Melville Street forced to close after discovering it is being used to promote pro-war messaging.

Tories will "never be forgiven" as children starve and pensioners freeze

Tue 23 Aug, 2022

The Scottish Greens say the Tory government’s failure over energy costs will ‘never be forgotten nor forgiven’ if they fail to take immediate action. 

Calling for a freeze on the energy price cap, a return to October 2021 levels and meaningful financial support for those left struggling with the cost of bills, they also reiterated calls for the big five energy firms to be nationalised.

Runaway inflation needs radical action from UK Government

Mon 22 Aug, 2022

The Scottish Greens have responded to warnings from Citi Bank that inflation could hit 18% in January.

The Scottish Greens economy spokesperson, Maggie Chapman MSP, said: 

With runaway inflation, skyrocketing energy prices and a disastrous Brexit that is hammering our trade, it is clear that the Tories can't be trusted with our economy. They have no new ideas. This is a social emergency and without radical change the human cost will be brutal."

With independence Scotland can rejoin Europe

Mon 22 Aug, 2022

The Scottish Greens have responded to a new poll by Panelbase that shows opposition to Brexit has hardened in Scotland, with 69% of Scots polled saying that they would vote to rejoin the EU.

The Scottish Greens external affairs spokesperson, Ross Greer MSP, said: 

Scottish Greens: Nationalise Big Five Energy Firms And Save Lives

Fri 19 Aug, 2022

The UK government must nationalise Scottish Power and the other Big Five energy companies to cut energy bills and save lives, according to the Scottish Greens. 

Almost three quarters of gas and electricity in the UK is supplied by just five companies: British Gas/Centrica, E.ON, OVO, EDF and Scottish Power. The Trades Union Congress estimates that taking them into public ownership would cost £2.85bn.[1]

This would allow for bills to be slashed to more affordable levels while keeping the lights on for millions of homes and businesses. 

One year on from the Bute House Agreement

Thu 18 Aug, 2022

This time last year our co-leders, Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater, joined the First Minister in Bute House to present the draft co-operation agreement between the Scottish Greens and the Scottish Government. It was a historic moment for our Party and our movement: and an agreement which party members overwhelmingly endorsed at our EGM a few days later.

Greens will resist Tory ‘union unit’ and interference in work of Holyrood

Thu 18 Aug, 2022

Threats from the two Tory leadership contenders to impose a big brother style ‘union unit’ or interfere with the work of Holyrood will be fiercely resisted no matter which of them becomes the next UK Prime Minister, say the Scottish Greens.

Both candidates, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak, have obsessed over denying the right to an independence referendum demonstrate just how much contempt they like Boris Johnson before them have for the Scottish people, the party said. 

Over 12,000 responses to abortion access consultation

Fri 12 Aug, 2022

A consultation on introducing safe access zones, or buffer zones, around abortion clinics closed yesterday, having received over 12,000 responses from the public and organisations.

The consultation responses, on Gillian Mackay MSP’s proposed bill, must now be analysed before a bill can be laid before parliament.

Commenting, Ms Mackay said:

Scottish Greens welcome effective ban on acoustic deterrent devices 

Wed 10 Aug, 2022

The use of acoustic deterrent devices (ADDs) on salmon farms has been effectively banned following an intervention by Environmental Standards Scotland. 

The use of the devices, designed to keep seals away from fish farms, can have a devastating effect on cetaceans, such as porpoises, whales, and dolphins. 

The ruling means the devices can no longer be used without license, and only by demonstrating that its use would not impact marine wildlife, effectively introducing a ban. 

Skyrocketing energy bills will drive families to destitution 

Tue 9 Aug, 2022

Commenting on reports that the energy price cap is set to rise to more than £4,200 in January, Scottish Greens MSP Mark Ruskell said: 

“The UK Government must set out now how it will act to keep bills down. Households are already struggling to cope with the rising cost of living, and we know things are only going to get worse. 

“Inflation is running at a level not seen in decades, impacting the cost of food, fuel and energy.