We should be empowering our communities to tackle their transport needs

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 26 Jan, 2018

In the early days of devolution there was excitement about Scotland being able to get to work on issues which had been sidelined or ignored by successive UK Governments. Transport was one area where new energy and momentum were sorely needed.

We support repeal of Offensive Behaviour at Football Act & urge clubs to look at strict liability model

Thu 25 Jan, 2018

Ahead of this afternoon's Stage One vote on the repeal of the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act, Green MSPs are urging football clubs to look again at the strict liability model which applies elsewhere in Europe.

John Finnie MSP, Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:

Wightman says figures showing rise in number of children living in temporary accommodation are national disgrace

Tue 23 Jan, 2018

Andy Wightman, Housing spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Lothian, said figures released today (23 Jan) showing that the number of children living in temporary accommodation has risen by 10 per cent over a year prove that the situation is a "national disgrace".

There were 6,581 children living in temporary homes on September 30 last year, up by 594 compared with the same day in 2016.

Andy Wightman MSP said:

Johnstone: Scorecard from Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health shows urgent action required

Tue 23 Jan, 2018

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said today's (23 Jan) "scorecard" from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health on the state of child health in Scotland shows urgent action in required from government to tackle obesity, poverty and poor mental health.

Alison said:

With a real fox-hunting ban we can demonstrate that Scotland really does care about the welfare of animals

Alison Johnstone MSP Mon 22 Jan, 2018

Foxes are being hunted by dogs in Scotland and it’s clear that existing laws are unable to stop it. 

I’ve seen the sickening evidence. Investigators for the League Against Cruel sports have filmed harrowing footage showing that mounted hunts are still using hounds to run down and tear apart foxes in the same way they did when the Scottish Parliament passed laws intended to ban hunting with dogs in 2002.

Johnstone lodges amendments to Social Security Bill to ensure everyone receives the payments they are due 

Mon 22 Jan, 2018

Green MSP Alison Johnstone has lodged a series of amendments to the Scottish Government's Social Security Bill which are designed to ensure that everyone receives the payments they are due. 

Three key tests our MSPs will apply before deciding whether to support or oppose the Budget

Sun 21 Jan, 2018

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, today (21 Jan) outlined three key tests that the Green MSPs will apply before deciding whether to support or oppose a revised 2018-19 Budget from the minority SNP Government.

Last Wednesday (17 Jan), SNP MSPs supported a Green debate amendment at Holyrood, calling for changes to the draft budget to improve local council funding, public sector workers' pay and low-carbon infrastructure. The government is under pressure to present any revisions ahead of the Stage One vote on the Budget Bill at the end of this month.

Our polluted air costs us both personally and as a society

Alison Johnstone MSP Fri 19 Jan, 2018

Air pollution is a true invisible killer. We take the air around us for granted, but just as fish depend on clean water, clean air is obviously vital for our health and the health of our wider environment. 

Back in the 1950s, smog was all too visible, and the deaths from it were front page news. The notorious Great Smog of London, even though it lasted just five days, is now believed to have killed as many as 12,000 people, and it led to the 1956 Clean Air Act.

Trans rights are human rights, and we must stand together to achieve them

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 19 Jan, 2018

Most days, MSPs reply to quite a number of letters and emails from our constituents. Sometimes the reply can offer some practical help, and at other times that’s just not possible. Sometimes the correspondence is about a fundamental difference of political opinion, and of course people have a right to question their representatives about such issues.

Harvie presses Sturgeon to give local councils powers to control short-term lets

Thu 18 Jan, 2018

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, used today's First Minister's Questions to press Nicola Sturgeon to give local councils powers to control the rapid growth of short-term lets which is adding to pressures on Scotland's housing stock.

Recent research for Andy Wightman's Homes First campaign showed that many landlords are operating lucrative short term letting businesses in Edinburgh alone, including one host with 80 listings.

Patrick Harvie MSP said: