FMQs: Ruskell raises horrific fox hunting video

Thu 14 Mar, 2019

Scottish Greens Environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP this afternoon (14 March) challenged the First Minister on fox hunting, following the publication of horrific footage posted online over the weekend. [1]

Mr Ruskell asked the First Minister whether, in light of the footage, she felt it was ever acceptable to hunt foxes with dogs. The First Minister failed to respond directly to the question.

Mark Ruskell MSP said:

Finnie calls for drug deaths inquiry

Thu 14 Mar, 2019

Green MSP John Finnie has today (14 March) called on the Scottish Government to instruct a statutory public inquiry into drugs deaths in Scotland.

Mr Finnie, who is the Co-Convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Drug and Alcohol Misuse, questioned the First Minister on the rising number of drug deaths in Scotland, in parliament this afternoon.

Scotland saw a record 934 drug deaths in 2017, in comparison there were 146 road traffic deaths in the same year.

It is feared the figure for 2018 could be significantly higher.

John Finnie MSP said:

Greens call for Social Security Assessment Improvements after “shocking” appeal statistics released

Thu 14 Mar, 2019

Scottish Greens have criticised the UK Government’s approach to assessing eligibility for disability benefits after the release of figures showing that nearly three quarters of those who appeal a decision have their complaints upheld.

73% of people who lodged appeals against decision made regarding their eligibility for Personal Independence Payment won their appeals. This is a 1% increase on the previous quarter. Across the UK, 15,372 people had their appeals upheld.

Poll reveals increased majority in favour of 20mph

Thu 14 Mar, 2019

Mark Ruskell MSP has today (14 March) revealed polling which shows that a clear majority of people support his proposal to change the default speed limits on the streets where we live, work and play to 20mph.

A poll conducted by Survation shows that once those who neither agreed nor disagreed with the policy were removed, 72% of people said they support the introduction of 20mph default speed limits. This has risen from 65% in 2017, excluding those who neither agreed nor disagreed. 

Glasgow becomes latest council to back youth climate strikes

Tue 12 Mar, 2019

Glasgow City Council has become the latest to confirm that students who miss school to take part in global climate protests will not face punishment if they have the support of parents or carers.

Tory bid will allow beaver killing to continue

Tue 12 Mar, 2019

Green MSP Mark Ruskell has slammed Tory MSPs on the Parliament’s Environment Committee for trying to block moves to protect beavers from indiscriminate killing.

Tory MSP John Scott this morning said that his party would attempt to annul amendments to conservation regulations, which will make beavers in Scotland a European protected species and ensure that culls can only happen under licence and after other steps have failed.

Wightman: Ministers must go further on information accessibility

Tue 12 Mar, 2019

Following his debate this evening (12 March), Scottish Greens Land Reform spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP has welcomed confirmation from the Minister for the Digital Economy that the Scottish Government will review the costs associated with accessing some information.

However, Mr Wightman highlighted that Ministers must go much further to ensure that citizens are able to access important information on the ownership, use and value of land.

Andy Wightman MSP said:

Johnstone secures fair work win

Tue 12 Mar, 2019

Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Alison Johnstone MSP has this afternoon (12 March) won the support of the Scottish Parliament to improve Scotland’s approach to fair work.

In the amendment, which won the overwhelming support of MSPs, Alison welcomed the Scottish Government’s commitment to apply fair work criteria to every type of grant, funding stream and business support programme, a measure the Greens have campaigned for over many years.

Who Owns Scotland? Wightman to lead transparency debate

Mon 11 Mar, 2019

Scottish Greens Land Reform spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP will lead a debate this week calling for information on the ownership, use and value of land to be made more easily, openly and transparently available to the public.

The creation of a comprehensive Scottish Land Information System, containing information about the ownership, use and value of land, and made freely available to the people of Scotland, would bring welcome social and economic benefits.

Greer welcomes teachers’ pay agreement

Fri 8 Mar, 2019

Responding to reports that a deal on teachers’ pay has been reached between the EIS and the Scottish Government, Scottish Greens Education spokesperson Ross Green MSP, who has backed the teachers’ pay campaign, said: