Inflation shows Tories can't be trusted with the economy

Wed 22 Jun, 2022

Soaring inflation shows that the Tories can’t be trusted with the economy, according to the Scottish Greens economy spokesperson, Maggie Chapman MSP. Her comments come as inflation reaches 9.1%, the highest level for 40 years.

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

"With soaring food prices, and skyrocketing energy bills, Downing  Street has overseen a cost of living crisis that is hammering families across the country.”

UK hostile environment shames us all

Tue 21 Jun, 2022

The xenophobia and racism of the UK’s Hostile Environment approach “shames us all” according to the Scottish Greens human rights spokesperson Maggie Chapman MSP.

Speaking in a debate to mark World Refugee Day, Ms Chapman condemned the UK Government’s “shabby” and “cynical” attempts “to buy its way out of its moral and legal responsibilities” and emphasised her hope that Scotland would “take up the duty and privilege so shamefully dropped by Downing Street.”

Following the debate, Scottish Green MSP Maggie Chapman said:

Scottish Greens highlight impact of avian flu

Tue 21 Jun, 2022

Bird colonies are being “decimated” by avian flu, Scottish Greens rural affairs spokesperson Ariane Burgess said today.

Raising a topical question in the Scottish Parliament, Ms Burgess called for greater clarity about what action is being taken to address this concerning issue.

Speaking afterwards, Ariane Burgess MSP said:

“Gannet and Great Skua populations in Shetland are being decimated as we speak. Gannet colonies are strewn with dead birds, fishers are seeing carcasses floating at sea and they are washing up all around the coastline.

Ross Greer brings Loch Lomond campaign back to parliament

Tue 21 Jun, 2022

Green MSP Ross Greer is to lead a debate in the Scottish Parliament on Flamingo Land’s controversial second attempt to build an ‘exclusive resort’ on the shores of Loch Lomond at Balloch.

Tory transport minister slammed for grinding rail network to a halt

Tue 21 Jun, 2022

The Tory UK Transport Minister, Grant Shapps, has been slammed by the Scottish Greens for his failure to prevent the UK’s rail network from grinding to a halt this week.

Commenting, Scottish Greens transport spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said:

“The behaviour of the UK Government, and in particular the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, during this dispute has been disgraceful.

Scottish Greens: Bring Eurovision to Glasgow

Fri 17 Jun, 2022

The 2023 Eurovision Song Contest should be held at the Hydro in Glasgow, Scottish Greens MSP Ross Greer said today.

Mr Greer made the call after the European Broadcast Union announced that it would be unable to safely host the event in Ukraine, due to the ongoing Russian war, and that it would engage the BBC in discussions about hosting the event in the UK instead.

Commenting, Ross Greer MSP said:

Greens welcome Miners Strike Pardons Bill

Fri 17 Jun, 2022

The Scottish Greens have welcomed the Miners Strike Pardons Bill, which is being voted on this afternoon. The Greens will work with the Scottish Government to make the case for compensation for miners and a full public inquiry to examine alleged political complicity and interference in police operations during the strikes.

The Bill provides a pardon for miners who were convicted of certain offences relating to the 1984-1985 miners’ strike.

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

Scottish Greens deliver ban on new incinerator approvals

Thu 16 Jun, 2022

A ban on approving new incineration capacity will help Scotland meet its climate targets and support our ambition to build a circular economy, the Scottish Greens said today.

The policy announcement was made in parliament and comes following Dr Colin Church’s independent review of incineration capacity, which was commissioned by circular economy minister Lorna Slater and reported earlier this year.

Commenting, Scottish Greens energy and climate spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said:

FMQs: Overriding NI protocol could result in wider economic damage

Thu 16 Jun, 2022

The UK Government’s plans to override the Northern Ireland Protocol risks turbocharging the negative impacts of Brexit on Scotland’s economy, Scottish Greens MSP Maggie Chapman said at FMQs today.

Speaking after FMQs, Maggie Chapman said:

“By seeking to override parts of the NI protocol the UK Government is putting the economic wellbeing of the North of Ireland behind their desire to impose their Brexit ideology.

Greens welcome creation of Scottish Food Commission

Wed 15 Jun, 2022

The Scottish Greens have welcomed the creation of a Scottish Food Commission as part of the Good Food Nation Bill that is going through parliament. It follows an amendment that was lodged by Scottish Green MSP Ariane Burgess.

The Bill, which will be debated today, places a duty on local authorities, health boards and other public bodies to publish Good Food Nation Plans to move every part of the country towards this vision.

Speaking ahead of the stage three debate on the Bill, Ariane Burgess MSP said: