Ruth Davidson's lobbying role shows need for second jobs bill

Fri 25 Oct, 2019

Former Scottish Conservative leader must quit as an MSP and force a by-election after accepting a lucrative corporate lobbying role, the Scottish Greens have said.

Davidson has recently been appointed to the Scottish Parliament’s corporate body, which oversees the workings of Parliament, but has also now taken a £50,000 job with a firm which lobbies politicians.

Commenting, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian Alison Johnstone said: “The people of Edinburgh Central elected Ruth Davidson to represent them, not use her position to earn £50,000 from lobbyists.

Harvie responds to commons vote

Tue 22 Oct, 2019

Responding to the news that the UK Government has failed to win support for its programme motion on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Gove demonstrates breathtaking contempt for Scotland

Mon 21 Oct, 2019

Speaking after the meeting of the Finance and Constitution Committee, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said:

“Michael Gove has talked about the importance of a consent mechanism for Northern Ireland, but he has confirmed that the UK is utterly unwilling to accept any similar principle for Scotland. The UK Government has already shown itself willing to legislate in defiance of Scotland’s devolution arrangements, and is clearly willing to do so again. The level of contempt for Scotland’s interests, and for our constitutional status, is breathtaking.

Scottish Greens respond to Letwin amendment vote

Sat 19 Oct, 2019

Responding to the news that the Prime Minister has once again failed to command a majority in the House of Commons, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

Greer calls for humanitarian funds for North East Syria

Fri 18 Oct, 2019

The Scottish Government should urgently provide support from its Humanitarian Emergency Fund for the Kurdish Red Crescent, according to Scottish Greens External Affairs Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP.

Mr Greer made the call in a letter to Ben MacPherson, Minister for International Development, today (18 Oct).

Scottish Greens respond to Brexit deal

Thu 17 Oct, 2019

Responding to reports that a deal has been agreed between the EU and UK to facilitate the UK’s exit from the EU, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said:

SNP reforesting plan paid for by oil giant

Tue 15 Oct, 2019

The Scottish Government’s meagre attempts to reforest Scotland is being paid for by an oil giant, it has emerged.

On the same day as Nicola Sturgeon spoke at an SNP conference sponsored by BP, Shell tweeted that it is using Scotland’s public reforesting programme to offset its vast levels of pollution.

The multinational fossil fuel extractor confirmed it will fund public body Forestry and Land Scotland to generate carbon credits.

Greens rule out electoral pacts

Sun 13 Oct, 2019

The Scottish Greens have ruled out any electoral pacts with the SNP.

A motion on the issue was passed overwhelmingly by delegates at their Autumn conference in Inverness.

While the SNP sell out to oil companies, a Scottish Green New Deal would transform the Highlands, the party said.

Closing the party’s conference, lead candidate for the Highlands and Islands Ariane Burgess told members the Greens can achieve their best ever result in the 2021 Holyrood election.

Ariane Burgess raised the fact SNP conference is sponsored by Heathrow and BP.

SNP climate conference sponsored by Heathrow and BP

Sun 13 Oct, 2019

SNP delegates in Aberdeen will discuss the climate emergency at a conference sponsored by a London airport and an oil multinational.

Heathrow is running an ‘airport-style lounge’ at the conference offering SNP politicians “one-to-one” meetings with “a senior Heathrow representative to discuss what expansion means for your constituency”.

Meanwhile, a fringe event to discuss how to achieve net zero emissions is sponsored by oil and gas giant BP.

Scottish Greens unveil candidates for regional lists

Sat 12 Oct, 2019

The Scottish Greens have revealed the candidates that will contest the regional lists at the 2021 Holyrood election.

The party believes it can win significantly more list seats at the election, growing its number of MSPs in the Scottish Parliament.

All the party’s MSPs have been reselected apart from John Finnie, who has announced his retirement.

Hoping to replace him will be regenerative designer Ariane Burgess, who tops the regional list for the Highlands and Islands, followed by Anne Thomas.