#GE17: Greens vow to stand up to Trump and Tories

7 June, 2017 - 10:34

The Scottish Greens will today use the final day of General Election campaigning to knock on as many doors as possible, including the US Consulate in Edinburgh, where two Green candidates will deliver a letter outlining the party’s objections to recent actions by Donald Trump.

Johnstone concerned at rise in NHS vacancies

6 June, 2017 - 11:49

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (6 June) expressed concern at a rise in NHS vacancies as figures show an increase in staff sickness and spending on agency workers.

New figures show that in March this year 7.4 per cent of consultant posts were vacant, a rise from 6.5 per cent in March last year. Of the 415.7 whole-time equivalent (WTE) vacancies, 204.3 were vacant for more than six months, an increase of 38.2 since last year.

Greens enter final campaign week with fairness pledge

2 June, 2017 - 11:35

Greens will go to Westminster with a pledge to stand up for everyone’s “right to live with dignity”, Alison Johnstone MSP has said as she outlined her party’s policies on fairness while visiting Glasgow today.

Speaking at Glasgow West Carers Centre, Johnstone gave her backing to Patrick Harvie, who is standing in neighbouring Glasgow North, and said that by electing Scotland’s first Green MP, voters will get a local champion who will speak up and represent those who “continue to be ignored by Westminster”.

Donald Trump is not alone in risking the future of our planet

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 2 Jun

"President Trump is pulling out of the Paris climate change agreement. How will the panellists deal with that?” Coming in the closing stages of the election campaign’s final UK-wide televised leaders’ debate on Wednesday evening, this question was followed by the presenter asking for it to be answered “briefly”.

Greens challenge First Minster to act on bird of prey killings

1 June, 2017 - 17:02

There is a “wall of silence” surrounding Scotland’s sporting estates say the Scottish Greens, who today (1 June) challenged the First Minister to take immediate action to stop a spate of illegal golden eagle killings.

Johnstone to bring amendments to Child Poverty Bill to boost incomes

1 June, 2017 - 16:18

Alison Johnstone MSP, Social Security spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (1 June) confirmed that she plans to bring amendments to the Scottish Government's Child Poverty Bill to ensure that full use is made of Holyrood's new social security powers.
 
Speaking in this afternoon's debate on Stage One of the Bill, Alison said:
 
"The latest Child Poverty statistics reveal a four per cent rise in Relative Child Poverty in just one year.  That is a rise of 40,000 children, to 260,000.
 

Ruskell speaks up for Prison Service staff who feel left out of negotiations over pay

1 June, 2017 - 13:59

Mark Ruskell, Green MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, has today spoken out for Scottish Prison Service staff who say they are being left out of negotiations over pay and job roles.

Questioning the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson, in the Holyrood chamber, he asked why prison officers had recently received a pay bonus which was not extended to other staff in the prison service.

Mr Ruskell, whose region includes Glenochil, Perth and Cornton Vale Prisons, said the unfair pay award has left staff feeling undervalued and undermined:

Johnstone uses FMQs to raise concerns about safe cycling infrastructure following fatal accident

1 June, 2017 - 13:48

Alison Johnstone, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian, today (1 June) used First Minister's Questions to raise concerns about safe cycling infrastructure following yesterday's fatal accident in Edinburgh in which a twenty-four year old woman came off her bike on tram tracks and was hit by a minibus.

Cycling campaigners have claimed that the number of accidents on tram tracks in the Capital is higher than in other UK cities.

Alison Johnstone, co-convener of Holyrood's cross-party group on cycling, said:

Ruskell brands Scottish Government plans on wildlife crime toothless

31 May, 2017 - 15:30

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (31 May) branded Scottish Government plans on wildlife crime as toothless.

Research published today shows a third of golden eagles being tracked by satellite died in suspicious circumstances, with the majority found where land is intensively managed for driven grouse shooting.

Last chance to convince government on fracking ban say Greens

31 May, 2017 - 10:09

Communities in Scotland now have less than 24 hours to tell the Scottish Government to introduce an outright fracking ban, say the Scottish Greens.

The Scottish Greens have been calling for people throughout Scotland, concerned by the prospect of the hazardous practice being made legal, to take part in the government consultation before it closes today.