Scottish Greens reaffirm commitment to deliver Bute House Agreement

Mon 20 Feb, 2023

The Scottish Greens have tonight reaffirmed their commitment to delivering the Bute House Agreement in full as part of their role within the Scottish Government.

That includes repelling the anti-democratic attack on the work of the Scottish Parliament by the Westminster government over gender reform. 

A party spokesperson said:

Greenest Scottish Budget in history defies Tory wreckomania

Mon 20 Feb, 2023

Tomorrow’s (Tues) vote at Holyrood will deliver the greenest, most climate-focused budget in the Scottish Parliament’s history, flying in the face of a profit-driven Tory obsession with fossil fuels at Westminster, say the Scottish Greens. 

Finance spokesperson Ross Greer MSP said it showed a progressive and ambitious Scottish Government that is leading on the climate and nature crises as he challenged UK Ministers to follow Scotland’s lead. 

Starmer must show principle and stand against 'disastrous' Brexit

Sun 19 Feb, 2023

If Keir Starmer is to have any chance of representing the people of Scotland then he must take a stand against Brexit, say the Scottish Greens.

The call comes ahead of Starmer's speech to the Scottish Labour conference. 

The Scottish Greens external affairs spokesperson, Ross Greer MSP said:

Labour’s lurch to the right betrays workers, democracy and Scotland

Fri 17 Feb, 2023

Labour’s lurch to the right under Sir Keir Starmer’s shameless lust for power is a betrayal of workers, democracy and Scotland, say the Scottish Greens.

Abandoning Europe, refusing to stand with the unions and siding with the Tories over asylum seekers demonstrates how far he is willing to abandon his party’s traditional values to secure the keys to Downing Street. 

Obscene Centrica profits show 'staggering greed' of fossil fuel giants

Thu 16 Feb, 2023

The obscene profits of Centrica show a staggering greed and underline how broken the energy market has become, say the Scottish Greens.

Commenting on the news that Centrica's profits have tripled, the Scottish Greens environment spokesperson, Mark Ruskell MSP, said:

Next First Minister has a golden opportunity to make climate history 

Thu 16 Feb, 2023

Whoever succeeds Nicola Sturgeon as Scotland’s next First Minister has a “golden opportunity” to protect generations of Scots from an uncertain climate future, say the Scottish Greens. 

First Minister led with empathy, strength and dignity

Wed 15 Feb, 2023

Nicola Sturgeon has truly been a major figure in Scottish and UK politics in her decisive, tireless and collaborative leadership through unprecedented challenges and we are sorry to see her step down.

She is the most significant political figure of the devolution era. Whoever replaces her will have the strongest foundation to build forward the argument for delivering independence, for how we ramp up efforts to tackle the climate emergency and manage the cost of living crisis which continues to impact lives daily.

Scottish Greens slam campaign of misinformation against Deposit Return Scheme

Wed 15 Feb, 2023

It’s time for opponents to stop putting misinformation and point scoring about the Deposit Return Scheme ahead of our environment, say the Scottish Greens.

This comes as a cross-party group of MSPs have co-signed a letter calling for the forthcoming Deposit Return Scheme to be halted.

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

Scottish Green MSP begins Irish buffer zone visit

Tue 14 Feb, 2023

Scottish Green MSP Gillian Mackay has visited the Republic of Ireland for talks on how the Irish Government is introducing buffer zones to stop protests outside abortion service providers.

Over the next four days, Gillian will meet with representatives from across the Dáil Éireann, including the Minister of State, Ossian Smyth, as well as campaign groups.

Gillian is introducing similar legislation in Scotland so will also share her experiences. Her recent consultation on the issue received over 12,000 responses.

Deposit Return Scheme will be vital boost for recycling and our environment

Tue 14 Feb, 2023

Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) will be a vital boost for recycling and a big step towards cleaner streets and communities, say the Scottish Greens.

This follows correspondence from the UK Treasury to the Scottish Greens Co-leader, and Minister for Circular Economy, Lorna Slater MSP, which said “The UK Government fully supports the environmental objectives of the Scottish Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) and is committed to ensuring that the DRS functions effectively.”

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