Mark Ruskell wins Parliamentarian of the Month award for animal cruelty questions

Tue 9 Jul, 2019

Mark Ruskell has picked up an award for holding Michael Gove to account on post-Brexit regulation of chemical substances to make sure animals aren’t needlessly being subjected to testing.

The ‘parliamentarian of the month’ award from animal NGO Cruelty Free International comes after the Scottish Greens MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife raised the issue in the Scottish Parliament.

Local government finance figures show why Green votes matter

Thu 4 Jul, 2019

New figures complied by Scottish Parliament researchers show the urgent need for reform of the way local government is funded, according to the Scottish Greens.

A new independent briefing from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) reveals the downward trend in the local government revenue settlement has been reversed since the Scottish Greens began to exert an influence over SNP budgets.

Brexit to cost Scotland $1.5bn Lord of the Rings series

Thu 4 Jul, 2019

Scotland is set to lose out on being the location of a planned $1.5bn Lord of the Rings TV series due to Brexit, according to reports in New Zealand.

The New Zealand Herald has reported the country has instead been confirmed as the primary location for the Amazon production.

Why We Must Support Trans and Non-Binary People’s Rights

Women's Network, Rainbow and Young Greens Tue 2 Jul, 2019

As members of the Scottish Green Party Women’s Network, Rainbow Greens and Young Greens, we have been deeply saddened over the last year to see the things that have been said and done in the name of women’s rights, which have marginalised, stigmatised and denied legitimacy to our trans and non-binary siblings. Particularly so as our trans and non-binary siblings have stood shoulder to shoulder with us, campaigning for gender, social and environmental justice. We are richer, more caring and more inclusive in our policies thanks to our trans and non-binary members.

Golden Eagle named by Andy Wightman disappears

Mon 1 Jul, 2019

Adam, a young Golden Eagle named by Green MSP Andy Wightman, has disappeared in suspicious circumstances in Highland Perthshire, in an area managed for grouse shooting.

As the Scottish Environment LINK species champion for the golden eagle, Wightman named the bird Adam in 2018, as a tribute the late ecologist and mountaineer Dr Adam Watson.

As revealed in a new video by broadcaster Chris Packham, GPS tagging showed Adam disappeared at ground level in the Strathbraan area. Another golden eagle also disappeared in the same area on the same morning.

Don’t let Pride give in to hate

Patrick Harvie MSP Mon 1 Jul, 2019

My first Pride march was in London nearly 30 years ago, during my first year at University.

Still reeling from the culture shock of moving from Dumbarton to Manchester with its vibrant queer community, I was both overjoyed and bewildered to be part of an event so huge that it transformed the city.

An estimated 100,000 people – lesbians, gay men, bisexual people, trans people and more – marched, chanted and partied together long before the acronym LGBT had ever been coined.

Scottish Green MSPs celebrate 20 years of the ‘Green’ Scottish Parliament

Sat 29 Jun, 2019

Scottish Greens are celebrating 20 years of the Scottish Parliament leading the UK on Green issues.

As members of the public visit Holyrood to mark the 20th birthday of the Scottish Parliament, co-leaders of the Greens MSP group Patrick Harvie and Alison Johnstone will join others in welcoming them.

Extreme weather shows need for action

Fri 28 Jun, 2019

Scotland’s flash flooding and Europe-wide warning of a dangerous heatwave show the need for real action on climate change, Scottish Greens MSP Mark Ruskell has said.

The party’s environment spokesperson won concessions from the Scottish Government this week as the Climate Change (Emissions Reductions Targets) (Scotland) Bill passes through parliament.

Government must ensure all entitled receive child payment

Wed 26 Jun, 2019

Scottish Ministers must ensure that all those eligible for the new Scottish Child Payment are able to claim it if it is to fulfil its purpose of seriously tackling child poverty according to Scottish Greens Social Security Spokesperson Alison Johnstone MSP. 

The Lothian MSP highlighted that while take up of the well-established child benefit payment sits at 95%, many of the ‘gateway’ benefits to the new payment are significantly under claimed and asked the Communities Secretary how the government would ensure all those eligible were made aware of the new payment. 

Johnstone launches bill to protect wildlife

Mon 24 Jun, 2019

Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Alison Johnstone MSP will today (24 Jun) launch a consultation on her member’s bill to provide legal protections to foxes and hares. 
The consultation, which will run until mid-September, will gather views from people across Scotland and help shape the final bill proposal.