Our time is now: Scottish Greens aim for biggest number of MSPs

Sat 12 Oct, 2019

The Scottish Greens can win two MSPs in every regional list in 2021, the party’s co-leaders are to tell its Autumn conference.

Recently published data from the Scottish Household Survey [1] shows two thirds of Scots are now aware of the urgency of the Climate Emergency, with the number rising in every part of Scotland.

At the Scottish Green conference in Inverness, the party will unveil who has been selected to contest the regional lists in 2021.

Reforesting Scotland can provide rural jobs

Sat 12 Oct, 2019

Reforesting Scotland to at least the EU average would provide thousands of rural jobs as part of a Scottish Green New Deal, according to the co-leader of the Scottish Greens

Latest forestry stats show that only 18.7% of Scotland is forested, while the European average of tree cover is 40%. In contrast, grouse shooting estates alone make up 20% of all land in Scotland.

There are a number of skills gaps in the current workforce, which has long been undervalued.

England to look at 20mph national speed limit

Sat 12 Oct, 2019

Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell has welcomed a call from the Chief Medical Officer for England to introduce a 20mph standard speed limit in built up areas.

Government could replace entire ferry fleet

Tue 8 Oct, 2019

The Scottish Government could replace Scotland’s entire public ferry fleet by cancelling the climate busting road building projects according to the Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP.

The Islands Minister made a statement to parliament this afternoon in relation to the publication of the government's National Islands Plan, which bizarrely included reference to the Scottish Government’s commitment to dual the A9 on page 24.

School dinners can be emergency response to wildlife decline

Tue 8 Oct, 2019

The rapid decline in wildlife requires an emergency response in the way food is produced in Scotland, the Scottish Greens have said.

In a question to ministers in the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Green environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell called for an expansion in organic farming in the wake of last week’s State of Nature report, which showed a 41% decline in of species in the UK.

Minister Mairi Gougeon admitted organic farming in Scotland has declined, and agreed to discuss this as part of the next organic action plan.

EU citizens in Scotland need more certainty

Tue 8 Oct, 2019

EU citizens in Scotland need more certainty, even if Brexit doesn’t happen on October 31st, Scottish Green co-leader Patrick Harvie has said.

Responding to the statement on no-deal preparation by Deputy First Minister John Swinney, Patrick Harvie called for the Scottish Government to identify what support EU Citizens will need in the wake of the hardening stance by the UK Government on the issue.

Patrick Harvie said:

Scottish Labour MSPs set to betray councillors over new powers

Tue 8 Oct, 2019

Scottish Labour MSPs are set to vote against the wishes of their councillors this week as Holyrood debates the Transport Bill.

The Scottish Green proposal to empower councils to introduce a levy on employers based on parking spaces is set to be voted against by Labour MSPs, despite the fact the idea originated from their party.

The Workplace Parking Levy was introduced by Labour in England and Wales, successfully implemented by a Labour-controlled council in Nottingham and proposed in Labour’s council manifestos for Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Private prisons come at cost to public sector

Tue 8 Oct, 2019

The Scottish Government must urgently review its private prison expenditure after the Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service confirmed that inflation uplifts built into these contracts result in cuts to the overall prison budget, according to the Scottish Greens Justice Spokesperson John Finnie MSP. Colin McConnell made the statement at Hoylrood’s Justice Committee this morning.

In written evidence provided to the committee, the Auditor General stated that the uplifts, “will require additional recurring savings of around £12 million a year by 2022-23.”

Offensive that Prestwick is subsidising dangerous US regime

Tue 8 Oct, 2019

Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP has slammed the Scottish Government for “effectively subsidising the military operations of a dangerous far right regime.”

 

Questioning the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity in parliament this afternoon, Mr Harvie said,

Johnstone calls for action on raptor persecution

Alison Johnstone MSP Mon 7 Oct, 2019

The Scottish Government’s attempt to tackle the continued illegal killing of birds of prey by introducing vicarious liability has failed and the provision needs urgent review, Alison Johnstone MSP has said today.

Vicarious liability was introduced in 2012 as a “strong response” to the continued illegal poisoning of birds of prey. It allows for a landowner or sporting agent to be held responsible for the criminal actions of an employee, and it was hoped that it would act as an effective deterrent for wildlife crime.