Safer Streets consultation shows frustration in communities at attempts to cut speed

Mon 11 Sep, 2017

A consultation by Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell on his proposed member's bill on reducing the urban speed limit from 30 to 20mph reveals the frustration in communities across Scotland at attempts to cut the speed limit to make local streets safer.

The consultation closes this Friday (15 Sep) and to date almost 2,000 responses have been received. Views have been overwhelmingly positive.

We must keep pushing the Scottish Government beyond its comfort zone

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 8 Sep, 2017

Over the summer I’ve spoken with both supporters and critics of the SNP who agree that the mood has been somewhat flat in recent years, compared with the more dynamic and innovative years of their first spell of minority government from 2007-11. The First Minister seemed to recognise this, indicating over the recess that her government had a need for a reset.

First Minister under pressure over controversial tennis resort decision

Thu 7 Sep, 2017

The First Minister was challenged by a Green MSP today to explain why a controversial tennis and golf resort was approved by the Scottish Government in spite of considerable opposition from the council and communities.

Mark Ruskell MSP pressed Nicola Sturgeon at First Minister’s Questions to explain why government ministers overturned a decision to reject the Park of Keir tennis and executive housing development at Dunblane, a facility promoted by Judy Murray.

Harvie challenges FM over reluctance to fully mitigate cruel benefit cap

Thu 7 Sep, 2017

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, used today's First Minister's Questions to challenge Nicola Sturgeon over her government's reluctance to fully mitigate the Tories' cruel benefit cap.

Research published by the Green MSPs shows the lowering of the cap since November has hit 3,700 households and pushed over 11,000 children into potential poverty and homelessness.

Green MSP alarmed by teacher conditions report

Thu 7 Sep, 2017

Research carried out by academics at Bath Spa University, showing that half of teachers could leave in the next 18 months, should “set off alarm bells across the Scottish Government” says a Green MSP.

Ross Greer MSP, the party’s education spokesperson, says the research shows teachers already have too many administrative functions and not enough preparation time and support.

Greer, a West of Scotland MSP, said:

Harvie urges Equalities Committee to back an end to the ban on prisoners voting

Thu 7 Sep, 2017

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, today (7 Sep) urged Holyrood's Equalities Committee to back an end to the ban on prisoners voting, as the current blanket prohibition breaches human rights law and fails to support rehabilitation.

Greens slam leaked Home Office paper on EU nationals

Wed 6 Sep, 2017

The “angry, isolated” nature of Tory Brexit is starting to seep out of the UK government says a Green MSP, after a plan to deter EU immigrants and fingerprint those arriving was leaked from the Home Office.

The paper reveals a harsh and arbitrary post-Brexit migration framework that includes the definition of “family” as being restricted to only direct family members, for newly arrived EU nationals to provide sensitive biometric data, including fingerprints and that immigrants must meet minimum income thresholds which are steadily higher if they have a spouse or children.

Ruskell urges Ministers to pick up the pace on plans for Low Emissions Zones

Wed 6 Sep, 2017

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (6 Sep) urged Scottish Ministers to pick up the pace on plans for Low Emissions Zones to tackle the threat to public health from traffic pollution.

There are 38 pollution zones in Scotland where safety standards are regularly broken, including Bearsden, Glasgow, Johnstone, Coatbridge, Crieff, Cambuslang, Linlithgow, Edinburgh, Musselburgh, Falkirk, Dunfermline, Dundee, Perth, Aberdeen and Inverness.

Programme for Government shows Green influence but ministers must go further to make Scotland fairer

Tue 5 Sep, 2017

Scottish Green MSPs said today's Programme for Government, outlined by the First Minister in Parliament, showed the benefit of Green influence but warned that ministers must be prepared to go further to make Scotland fairer.

Nicola Sturgeon announced that her government will support a raft of Green policies, including:

A Green Programme for Government: Make Scotland Fairer, Create a Clean Economy

Sun 3 Sep, 2017

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, today (3 Sep) laid down a challenge to the SNP Scottish Government and Holyrood's other parties by outlining an alternative Green Programme for Government ahead of this week's return to parliamentary business.