Downing Street is failing to act on the climate crisis

Wed 29 Jun, 2022

The latest UK Climate Change Committee report confirms that the UK government still has no credible plan to cut aviation emissions, decarbonise buildings on the scale that is needed or move on from oil and gas, according to the Scottish Greens.

The Scottish Greens Environmental spokesperson, Mark Ruskell MSP, said:

COVID Recovery Bill first step of real rent reform

Tue 28 Jun, 2022

The Coronavirus Recovery and Reform Bill will strengthen the rights of tenants and make it harder for landlords to evict tenants, according to the Scottish Greens.

The Bill, being debated today, would abolish mandatory grounds for eviction, such as a landlord selling a house. Now, all grounds for evicting tenants are discretionary meaning all evictions must be ruled as reasonable by a tribunal.

Speaking ahead of the debate, Scottish Greens Housing spokesperson, Ariane Burgess MSP, said:

Scottish independence: Democracy will prevail

Tue 28 Jun, 2022

Following the First Minister’s statement to the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater said:

“Today we have set out the path to fulfilling our democratic mandate by delivering an independence referendum.

“The people of Scotland have repeatedly returned pro-independence majorities to both the Scottish and UK Parliaments. Their democratic will must be fulfilled.

“I am confident that when given the choice the people will choose to take our future in our own hands by becoming an independent European country.”

The people of Scotland will have their say

Tue 28 Jun, 2022

Commenting ahead of the First Minister's statement to parliament today (Tuesday), Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater said:

“Both the Scottish Green Party and the SNP committed, in our respective election manifestos, to holding a referendum in this parliamentary session. Our parties won more votes and more seats than the three unionist parties. The mandate to hold a referendum is crystal clear. The people will have their say.

“That mandate is fundamentally about democracy. The people of Scotland are sovereign, they alone get to decide how they are governed.

Buffer zones bill will end harassment at clinics

Mon 27 Jun, 2022

A Bill to introduce protest free ‘buffer zones’ outside clinics that provide abortions will protect workers and service users from intimidation and harassment, Gillian Mackay MSP said today (Monday).

Ms Mackay has also said that she hopes a summit being hosted by First Minster Nicola Sturgeon today can identify interim solutions to tackle unacceptable behaviour while the Bill is passing through the parliamentary process.

Gillian Mackay MSP said:

11 million free bus journeys in less than five months

Fri 24 Jun, 2022

Young people in Scotland have taken over 11 million free bus journeys since the Scottish Green Party’s free bus travel for under 22s initiative was introduced on 31st January. [1]

410,721 concessionary travel cards have so far been issued to those eligible under the scheme. [2]

Commenting, Scottish Greens transport spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said:

“I am delighted that with Scottish Greens in government we’ve been able to provide more than 11 million free bus journeys to young people since this scheme was introduced just a few months ago.

Greens condemn Tory attack on trade union rights

Fri 24 Jun, 2022

The UK Government must halt its plans to facilitate mass strike-breaking across the UK, according to the Scottish Greens.

Green MSPs have written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, and the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Kwasi Kwarteng, to oppose new restrictions that are being proposed next week. [1]

The Scottish Greens economy spokesperson, Maggie Chapman MSP, said:

Greens will introduce rent controls, but Labour's proposals are unworkable

Ariane Burgess MSP Fri 24 Jun, 2022

Green MSP Ariane Burgess explains why Labour proposals to introduce a rent freeze are unworkable and would heighten the risk of eviction; setting out what Greens are doing instead to respond to the concerns raised.

FMQs: Greens oppose Raab’s rights removal bill

Thu 23 Jun, 2022

The UK Government’s so-called Bill of Rights is in reality a “rights removal bill”, Scottish Greens human rights spokesperson Maggie Chapman said today.

Speaking at FMQs, the North East Scotland MSP said that independence is required to build a fairer and more equal Scotland.

Maggie Chapman MSP said:

“Yesterday, in the commons, the Deputy Prime Minister laid out his plans for a so-called British Bill of Rights.

Independence in the EU required to protect workers’ rights

Wed 22 Jun, 2022

The only way to protect workers’ rights is through independence in the EU, Scottish Greens MSP Ross Greer said today.

Mr Greer made the comments in response to a parliamentary statement on the UK Government’s plans to dispose of over two thousand pieces of retained EU law, including those related to workers' rights and environmental standards.

Speaking after the statement, Ross Greer said:

“Jacob Rees-Mogg is so desperate to find a benefit of Brexit that he has outsourced his search to the Sun and the far-right Daily Express.