SNP Climbdown On Draft Budget Shows Greens Leading The Change

Wed 17 Jan, 2018

Following tonight’s vote at Holyrood, in which SNP MSPs voted to accept Green changes to the Scottish Budget on public services, workers’ pay and low-carbon infrastructure, Green MSP Patrick Harvie said:

"Tonight’s climbdown by the SNP shows they accept that their draft budget cannot command support in Parliament, and they have accepted our view that changes are needed to protect public services, improve frontline workers’ pay and invest in low-carbon capital projects.

GDP figures mask real priorities, says Harvie

Wed 17 Jan, 2018

Responding to statistics announced today (17 Jan) by Scotland’s Chief Statistician, showing gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 0.2 per cent between July and September last year compared to the previous quarter, Patrick Harvie MSP, Finance and Economy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:

Johnstone tells Primary Care conference of need to support GP practices in areas of high deprivation

Wed 17 Jan, 2018

Addressing the Priorities for Primary Care in Scotland conference today (17 Jan), Alison Johnstone, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Lothian, will call for further support for practices in areas of high deprivation.

Changes introduced by the Scottish Government recognise that the existing model leaves some practices unfairly exposed to financial risks, and fails to tackle health inequalities, but Greens argue the proposed changes may not go far enough.

Holyrood Backs Green Call For Ethical Trade Deals 

Tue 16 Jan, 2018

Scotland should aim for a race to the top rather than the bottom when it comes to any future post-Brexit trade deals, according to Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens.

It's time for the "Carillion model" - in which profits are taken by the company and risks are borne by taxpayers and workers - to stop

Tue 16 Jan, 2018

Parliament today discussed the collapse of Carillion, and Green MSP Patrick Harvie urged Scottish Ministers to look more broadly at the risks to the public finances associated with the outsourcing model, which is common to both PFI and the Scottish Government's NPD model for procuring large public projects.

New analysis showing exiting Single Market would see Scotland £12.7 billion worse off puts further pressure on Labour says Greer

Mon 15 Jan, 2018

A new economic impact analysis showing that exiting the Single Market would see Scotland £12.7 billion worse off by 2030 - a loss of £2,300 per person per year - puts further pressure on Labour to get off the fence on Brexit, according to Scottish Greens external affairs spokesperson Ross Greer MSP.

Harvie questions plans by Glasgow Airport to revise flight paths

Mon 15 Jan, 2018

Patrick Harvie, Economy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Glasgow, today (15 Jan) questioned plans by Glasgow Airport to revise flight paths, which the airport says is needed to cope with increased passenger numbers and airspace congestion.

Airport bosses claim that the new system will improve punctuality and allow them to reduce CO2 emissions.

Patrick Harvie said:

Greer hits out at Scottish Labour as "lost cause" as Brexit spokesperson says ‘too early’ to decide on a plan

Fri 12 Jan, 2018

Ross Greer MSP, External Affairs spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (12 Jan) hit out at Scottish Labour as a "lost cause" after their newly-appointed Brexit spokesperson said it was ‘too early’ to decide on a plan for Brexit, essentially conceding to the Tories’ ‘jobs-destroying, rights-removing Hard Brexit, outside of the Single Market and Customs Union’.
 
In an interview with the Daily Record, Labour MSP Neil Findlay said: "We have to keep an open mind. Nailing our colours to one mast...would be a mistake." 
 
Ross Greer MSP said:

New York’s bold and urgent action has shown we must think bigger than cotton buds and plastic straws

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 12 Jan, 2018

Frank Sinatra told us that it’s the city that doesn’t sleep, and this week New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio proved that he’s not lying down on the job when it comes to the world’s greatest environmental challenge either.

Harvie challenges FM to think bigger than cotton buds when it comes to tackling pollution

Thu 11 Jan, 2018

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, today (11 Jan) challenged the First Minister to think bigger than cotton buds when it comes to tackling pollution caused by the petrochemicals industry.