Greens welcome Scottish Government plan to apologise to gay men

Sun 29 Oct, 2017

The Scottish Government’s announcement that the First Minister will offer an apology to homosexual men “convicted before 2001 under discriminatory laws against same-sex sexual activity” has been welcomed by the Greens.

Green co-convener Patrick Harvie welcomed that planned apology and said that all political parties must now stop selecting “anti-equality voices” as candidates at elections.

Music school closure proposal questioned by Greens

Fri 27 Oct, 2017

Green MSPs and councillors representing the capital have reacted angrily to a proposal by the council to close the City of Edinburgh Music School. [1]

Andy Wightman MSP says that while he recognises the “serious funding challenges” facing the council, he could see no sense in the proposal from an “educational point of view”. Claire Miller, a Green councillor and member of the council’s finance committee, says parents and pupils must have their say before any final decision.

We’ve banned fracking – here’s what we do next

Andy Wightman MSP Fri 27 Oct, 2017

We did it.

Following years of hard work and determined campaigning, communities across Scotland have succeeded in persuading the Scottish Government to ban fracking.

This week the Scottish Parliament voted not only to support the Scottish Government’s proposal to extend the moratorium established in 2015 but to incorporate the ban in the National Planning Framework and to commit to using forthcoming powers over licensing to reflect Parliament’s view on the development of unconventional oil and gas.

Our updated Active Travel policy shows our commitment to making communities safer and healthier

John Finnie MSP Fri 27 Oct, 2017

Last weekend at our autumn conference our members overwhelmingly backed an updated transport policy which aims to enable higher levels of walking and cycling - otherwise known as active travel -  in Scotland. It means we are leading the change towards tackling the rising costs to the NHS of diseases caused by air pollution and inactivity, while also reducing congestion and making our roads safer.

#FMQs: NHS staff deserve real terms pay rise says Harvie

Thu 26 Oct, 2017

NHS staffing problems, highlighted in an Audit Scotland report, will be made worse if the Scottish Government does not commit to an above inflation pay rise says Patrick Harvie.

During First Minister’s Questions at Holyrood, the Green co-convener challenged Nicola Sturgeon to commit her government to the “basic principle” of an above inflation pay rise for public service workers, funded by a fairer model of taxation.

Finnie to lodge Member’s Bill to give children Equal Protection from assault, after securing support from across Holyrood's five parties

Thu 26 Oct, 2017

John Finnie MSP, Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (26 Oct) has earned the right to lodge his Member’s Bill to give children Equal Protection from assault, after securing the signatures of more than 18 MSPs from across Holyrood's five parties.

The formal endorsement follows last week's statement by the Scottish Government that it will work with Mr Finnie to help the bill become law.

Greer urges UK Gov to quash talk of no-deal Brexit & give EU citizens certainty

Wed 25 Oct, 2017

Ross Greer MSP, External Affairs spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, will today (25 Oct) use a Holyrood debate to call on the UK Government to quash ongoing talk of a no-deal Brexit and give Scotland’s 180,000 citizens from other European countries certainty of their right to stay here.

We vote for a reinforced and lasting fracking ban in Scotland

Tue 24 Oct, 2017

The Scottish Greens today (24 Oct) voted, along with a majority at the Scottish Parliament, for a reinforced and lasting fracking ban in Scotland.

A majority of MSPs voted in favour of a Green amendment which commits the government to include its intention to ban fracking in its Energy Strategy and in the next National Planning Framework.

Additionally, the Scottish Parliament has now asked for new licensing powers for onshore oil and gas to be transferred from Westminster.

Greens determined to see fracking ban strengthened

Tue 24 Oct, 2017

Green MSPs will today attempt to find agreement at Holyrood for a reinforced and lasting fracking ban in Scotland.

Following the Scottish Green Party’s autumn conference in Edinburgh at the weekend, where members voted unanimously for a permanent ban, Green MSPs will use the Scottish Government debate on unconventional oil and gas to find consensus on devolving licensing powers from Westminster and fully using planning powers that are already devolved. [1]

#SGPConf calls on Scot Gov to withdraw "unwanted and unhelpful" education governance reforms

Sun 22 Oct, 2017

Scottish Greens meeting at their Autumn conference in Edinburgh today (22 Oct) agreed to call on the Scottish Government to withdraw its "unwanted and unhelpful" education governance reforms and instead commit to increased funding for local councils to return staff to classrooms.

Members supported a motion which noted that one in four pupils in Scotland has a recognised additional support need but since 2010 over 500 ASN teachers and hundreds of specialist support staff have been cut.

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said: