Minister admits no policy on new gas plants

Thu 30 Jan, 2020

Planning Minister Kevin Stewart has admitted there are no national planning policies to guide the siting of new gas peaking plants, following Fife Council’s consideration of two planning applications in a week for gas plants at Inverkeithing and Hillend.

The Minister was responding to questions from Green MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife Mark Ruskell, who has said we need an urgent review of planning guidance so that councils can tackle the climate emergency.  

Mark Ruskell welcomes Mossmorran climate camp

Tue 28 Jan, 2020

Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell has welcomed the news a protest camp has chosen the petrochemical plant at Mossmorran for its 2020 location.

Protesters have announced they will camp at the site for five days in the summer.

Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Mark Ruskell has led calls for the plant to be transitioned away from fossil fuels and supported local residents who have suffered as a result of air, light and sound pollution as a result of flaring from the site.

Thousands of cancellations show need for rail investment

Mon 27 Jan, 2020

The Scottish Government must urgently prioritise investment in Scotland’s rail services, according to Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP, who has today revealed figures showing that almost 16,500 ScotRail trains were cancelled in 2019.

Sheriffhall objections reach 2,500 with one week to go

Fri 24 Jan, 2020

Around 2,500 objections have been lodged to a proposed £120m development of Sheriffhall roundabout on the Edinburgh City bypass, with a week still to go on the Transport Scotland consultation.

Lothians Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnstone, who launched the campaign last week, said the objections must be considered by the Scottish Government when planning all future road expansion projects.

Finnie slams offensive Tory Gaelic comments

Thu 23 Jan, 2020

Highlands and Islands Scottish Greens MSP John Finnie has slammed comments from Tory Education Spokesperson Liz Smith MSP, who said that a presumption in favour of teaching primary school children in the Western Isles in Gaelic was, "A deeply troubling step and one that could put children in the Western Isles at a distinct disadvantage to their peers." 

John Finnie MSP said:

Andy Wightman launches tool for reporting short term lets

Thu 23 Jan, 2020

Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman has launched an online tool which allows people to report short term let properties operating in their community.

Greens back call for double lock on child payments

Thu 23 Jan, 2020

Scottish Greens today have backed calls from the new benefits system watchdog for the value of new child payments to be ‘double locked.’

The £10 payment for low-income families will launch this year, beginning with under 6s.

But concerns have been raised by the Scottish Commission for Social Security that the impact of the payment on poverty will be weakened unless the Scottish Government guarantees the payment will be annually uprated by the higher of rising prices or rising average incomes.

SQA move quickly on human rights checks after Green concerns

Thu 23 Jan, 2020

Scotland’s exams body has moved quickly to clean up its overseas business after pressure from the Scottish Greens, it has emerged.

At the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee, the SQA confirmed a new system of human rights checks and appraisals would be in place from April. [1]

This comes after Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer repeatedly raised the agency’s relationship with government departments in Saudi Arabia.

Greens reveal increase in ScotRail skipping stops

Wed 22 Jan, 2020

Seven ScotRail trains on average skipped stations in Scotland every day in 2019, according to figures obtained by Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP. The data shows that 2,660 ScotRail trains skipped stations in 2019, an increase of more than 500 on the previous year.

John Finnie MSP said: