20 MPH limit: Poll boost for campaigners ahead of bill launch

14 May, 2017 - 10:49

Campaigners for a 20 mph default speed limit in urban areas have received a boost with an opinion poll showing most Scots support the idea, while a quarter say the lower limit would make them more likely to walk or cycle.

It comes ahead of the launch tomorrow (Mon 15 May) of a consultation by Green MSP Mark Ruskell on his proposed member's bill to switch the default urban speed limit from 30 to 20 mph to make streets safer and cleaner.

Equal Protection: Finnie bill widely welcomed

12 May, 2017 - 09:52

John Finnie MSP, Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today received widespread backing for his proposed member's bill to give children equal protection from assault.

Launching a three-month consultation on the legislation, Mr Finnie said:

Harvie campaign to turn Glasgow North Green begins

11 May, 2017 - 13:39

The campaign to elect Scotland’s first Green MP gets underway today as Patrick Harvie addresses Green activists and supporters outside Glasgow University.

Harvie, who represents Glasgow at Holyrood, wants voters in Glasgow North to “take the fight to the Tories” and elect a Green MP who will not just vigorously oppose their agenda but will offer a positive, hopeful alternative.

Green candidate Harvie will also reach out to young voters, who the Greens say are at risk of losing huge opportunities given to generations before them unless radical change is delivered.

Scot Gov need to intervene to secure college lecturers the fair pay they were promised

11 May, 2017 - 12:41

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (11 May) called on the Scottish Government to intervene in the ongoing college lecturers' strike to force management to give staff the fair pay they were promised.

Lecturers began industrial action in March last year in protest at variations of up to £10,000 a year in pay at different colleges. An agreement was reached with college management but over a year later the pay deal has not been delivered, resulting in lecturers recommencing strike action in late April.

Our targeted campaign to elect Patrick Harvie as Scotland’s first Green MP

10 May, 2017 - 15:28

The Scottish Greens today (10 May) confirmed that they will target their campaigning in the snap General Election, with campaigners focusing on electing Patrick Harvie as Scotland’s first Green MP in the national target seat of Glasgow North, where the campaign launches tomorrow.

The party also confirmed that it will not endorse any other candidates in areas where no Green candidate is standing.

The constituencies and Green candidates are:

Traffic survey underlines need for action on speed limits

10 May, 2017 - 13:52

Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell, whose Safer Streets campaign aims to reduce speed limits in urban areas, is highlighting research showing most Scots think traffic is too fast in their neighbourhood for the safety of children on foot or bike. 

Literacy figures underline need to invest in education, reversing damaging cuts to teacher numbers

9 May, 2017 - 12:31

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (9 May) urged investment in teachers and additional support needs staff rather than the Government's proposed reforms, after figures showed a persistent gap in reading, writing, listening and talking between pupils from the least and most deprived communities.

The Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy also suggests that the reading performance of P4 and P7 pupils declined between 2012 and 2016, with the writing performance of P7 and S2 pupils falling by seven and 15 percentage points respectively.

New and re-elected Green councillors around Scotland will stick up for communities

Alison Johnstone MSP Tue 9 May

Despite the importance of council services, such as schools, social care and housing, last week’s local elections were overshadowed by national events. Those of us who care about local democracy faced an uphill battle. With little national media interest, a Tory prime minister trampling over the campaign by calling a general election in the middle of it, and other parties cynically trying to make it about constitutional issues, it was one of the toughest campaigns I can recall. 

Patrick Harvie to stand for Greens at General Election

6 May, 2017 - 12:09

Patrick Harvie, the Scottish Greens’ co-convener will campaign to become the MP for Glasgow North at the General Election in June.

Harvie, who represents Glasgow at Holyrood, wants voters to “take the fight to the Tories” and elect a Green MP who will not just vigorously oppose their agenda but will offer a positive, hopeful alternative.

Local Council Election Results 2017

John Hardy Fri 5 May

We will be updating the election results throughout the day to let you know which Green candidates have been elected - https://greens.scot/councillors

Thank you and well done to all our candidates, activists and volunteers and to everyone who voted to elect more Green Councillors than ever before.

Number 1: Our first Councillor has been elected and it's also our first ever Councillor on Orkney or the islands! Well done to Steve Sankey, new Green Cllr for East Mainland, South Ronaldsay and Burray!