Labour plans will funnel public profit to shareholders 

Mon 25 Jul, 2022

The decision by Keir Starmer’s Labour Party to oppose energy, rail and water being brought into public ownership will mean billions of pounds of public money continuing to flow into the hands of private shareholders, the Scottish Greens said today. 

Greens call for UK Government to scrap Heathrow expansion

Wed 20 Jul, 2022

Expanding Heathrow Airport would be "a totally irresponsible act of climate vandalism" according to the Scottish Greens, who have called on the UK Government to scrap the controversial plan.

Scottish Greens Finance spokesperson, Ross Greer MSP, said:

"Parts of London are actually burning, the last thing it needs is a new runway. It would be a totally irresponsible act of climate vandalism. The third runway was a reckless idea when it was announced and looks even worse now that we are experiencing extreme heat and are clearly on the edge of climate breakdown."

Next PM needs to stop climate vandalism and end new drilling

Tue 19 Jul, 2022

The next Tory leader must prioritise the climate emergency according to the Scottish Greens, who have described this week's record heatwave as a clear example of why the four remaining candidates must commit to halting the proposed Cambo oil field and Jackdaw gas field in the North Sea.

Scottish Greens finance spokesperson, Ross Greer MSP, said:

"It is less than 12 months since Boris Johnson and his colleagues promised the Earth at COP26, only to immediately continue with a business-as-usual approach to oil, gas and coal."

Greens back call for maximum working temperature

Mon 18 Jul, 2022

The Scottish Greens have backed calls from trade unions for a maximum working temperature, with the party's finance spokesperson, Ross Greer describing it as "essential in an era of regular heatwaves"

Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer said:

Greens welcome Royal College of GPs support for buffer zone Bill

Fri 15 Jul, 2022

The Scottish Greens have welcomed the announcement that the Royal College of GPs is supporting Green MSP Gillian Mackay's Member's Bill to establish 150 metre buffer zones to stop campaigners from holding protests outside medical facilities that provide abortion services. [1]

Last month the Bill received the support of the Scottish BMA and a recent poll showed that two thirds of Scots support the introduction of buffer zones.[2]

Gillian Mackay MSP said:

Greens welcome paper on Renewing Democracy Through Independence

Thu 14 Jul, 2022

The Scottish Greens have welcomed the publication of Renewing Democracy Through Independence, the second Scottish Government paper in the Building a New Scotland series.

Scottish Green MSP Gillian Mackay said:

“For far too long, Scotland has had to endure disastrous and unaccountable Tory governments that we did not vote for.”

“Devolution has made a difference but it has also served to highlight the limits of powers: from implementing the single use plastics ban to climate action and from public transport to investing in our green recovery.”

Scottish Greens comment on Aslef and ScotRail agreement

Tue 12 Jul, 2022

The Scottish Greens economic spokesperson, Maggie Chapman, said:

"It is great that ASLEF and Scotrail have come to an agreement that secures improved pay and conditions for train drivers in Scotland. It is an important step forward and underlines the huge importance of trade unions, particularly at a time when the UK Government is trying to crack down even harder on the rights of workers to organise."

"We will be making representations to ScotRail in the days and weeks ahead to ensure that services across Scotland are restored as soon as possible."

Scottish Greens: Boris Johnson must go now 

Thu 7 Jul, 2022

Responding to the news that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to resign, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

“It’s a huge relief that Boris Johnson’s disastrous tenure as Prime Minister is coming to an end. But let’s not kid ourselves: Johnson was never fit to hold high office. 

“Those in the Conservative Party who facilitated Johnson’s lying, his lawbreaking, and his incompetence must be held to account too. 

Scottish Greens: The game is up for Johnson 

Tue 5 Jul, 2022

Commenting on the resignations from Boris Johnson’s cabinet this evening, Scottish Greens MSP Gillian Mackay said:

BMA backs Mackay Bill

Wed 29 Jun, 2022

Commenting on the news that BMA Scotland has agreed to support her proposed member’s bill to ensure safe access to abortion services, Gillian Mackay MSP said:

“I am grateful to BMA Scotland for its support. My Bill will provide peace of mind for healthcare professionals and service users, ensuring that they can access healthcare free from intimidation.