Finnie hails better buses win

Wed 12 Jun, 2019

The Scottish Parliament has voted to allow local councils to run their own bus services, a move that will transform public transport provision across the country according to the Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP. 

Local authorities had previously been forbidden from running most routes thanks to Thatcher era legislation. 

John Finnie MSP said:

MSP BLASTS CENSORSHIP OF PRO-KURDISH INSTAGRAM POSTS

Tue 11 Jun, 2019

Ross Greer MSP has demanded answers from social media giant Instagram after it censored two of his posts referring to imprisoned Kurdish leader Adbullah Ocalan, whose treatment at the hands of Turkish authorities has recently been ruled to violate international human rights laws.

"World leader" misses climate targets two years in a row 

Tue 11 Jun, 2019

New figures released by the Scottish Government today show that Scotland failed to meet its Greenhouse gas emission targets in 2016 and 2017. 

The failure to meet this legislative target was driven largely by the emissions trading scheme, an arrangement whereby permits are issued to businesses and then traded, but they count towards Scotland’s target regardless. 

Scottish Greens Environment and Climate Spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said: 

GREENS BID SCOTLAND'S WOMEN WELL FOR WORLD CUP KICK-OFF

Thu 6 Jun, 2019

Scottish Greens parliamentary co-leader Alison Johnstone MSP has wished Scotland’s team well ahead of the Women’s World Cup getting underway tomorrow in France.

Scottish Government must deliver on Rail commitments

Thu 6 Jun, 2019

The Scottish Government must deliver on its promise to the people of the Highlands to make railway travel to Inverness competitive with road travel according to the Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP. 

Both the Welsh and Scottish Governments have recently declared climate emergencies and this week the Welsh Government announced it has scrapped plans to build a new motorway.

Greens slam government for backing arms companies

Wed 5 Jun, 2019

Scottish Greens Rural Communities Spokesperson John Finnie MSP has slammed the Scottish Government after it failed to back proposals to prohibit the new South of Scotland Enterprise Agency from funding munitions.

The SNP, Tories, Labour and the Lib Dems today voted against a Green amendment to prohibit the new agency investing in munitions.

Green MSPs have repeatedly raised concerns about Scotland’s enterprise agencies funding the arms industry, with grants to operators such as multinational Raytheon, who supply weapons used by Saudi Arabia on its war in Yemen.

Ruskell calls for Equalities Impact Assessment for Mossmorran

Wed 5 Jun, 2019

Fife’s Green MSP Mark Ruskell has called on the Scottish Government to ensure an equalities impact assessment is included in any investigations into the Fife Ethylene Plant at Mossmorran, to take into account the experiences of people with autism who live around the plant.

SALMON: GREENS CALL FOR REVIEW OF EXISTING FARMS

Wed 5 Jun, 2019

Scottish Greens have called for existing salmon farms to be reviewed under new regulations announced this week, which are designed to address the industry’s widespread environmental failures.

Fisheries Minister Fergus Ewing today updated the Scottish Parliament on the new regulatory framework adopted by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), but Mark Ruskell MSP, the Scottish Greens environmental spokesperson, said new modelling to determine where it is safe to locate new sites should also be applied to existing fish farms. 

Transport Bill: Greens call for locally controlled bus services

Wed 5 Jun, 2019

Allowing local authorities to run bus services could transform public transport provision across the country according to the Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP.

The Scottish Parliament’s Connectivity Committee will begin debating stage two amendments to the Bill today (5 Jun) and Mr Finnie will move his proposal to empower councils to run services in their own areas.

GREENS ENCOURAGE FAMILIES TO APPLY FOR NEW SCHOOL GRANT

Mon 3 Jun, 2019

The Scottish Greens are encouraging all eligible families to apply for a new payment available to some families with children starting school, opening for applications today (3 Jun)

Families claiming low-income benefits can apply for the new Best Start GrantSchool-Age payment. This provides a one-off payment of £250 to help families with the cost of preparing for school around the time a child might start Primary 1.