Ruskell calls for clarity over air pollution action plans

3 May, 2017 - 15:42

The First Minister was told by a Green MSP at FMQ’s today that her government is failing to get to get a handle on dangerous air pollution levels across Scotland.

Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell today used First Minister's Questions to highlight the High Court of Justice decision to order the UK government to publish its air pollution strategy, and asked the First Minister what this means for Scotland.

Greens urge Scottish Government to get a grip on education at First Minister’s Questions

3 May, 2017 - 15:30

The Scottish Government’s strategy for raising education standards was called into question today by the Scottish Greens at the last session of FMQs before the local authority elections.

Patrick Harvie MSP, the Greens’ co-convener urged Nicola Sturgeon to get a “grip on education” and highlighted how the government has press ahead with an unwanted “governance review” instead of working to reverse cuts and tackle teacher workload.

Scotland needs a revitalised local democracy

3 May, 2017 - 08:00

The Scottish Greens today (3 MAY) said local democracy hangs in the balance, urging voters to use their number one preferences in tomorrow's council elections to elect Green councillors who will start to reverse the centralisation of services.

The Greens are engaged in their biggest ever Council campaign, with a record 218 candidates aiming to put power in people's hands.

The party is confident of building on existing councillor numbers in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeenshire, Midlothian and Stirling, and making breakthroughs in many other local authorities.

John Finnie leads debate on ship to ship oil transfers

2 May, 2017 - 10:27

Green MSP for the Highlands and Islands John Finnie will lead a debate on ship to ship oil transfers in the Scottish Parliament today.

Mr Finnie, who joined campaigners from the Cromarty Rising campaign group at the parliament’s Public Petitions Committee recently, has been campaigning against the proposals to allow ship to ship oil transfers to take place in the Moray Firth since last year.

With more Green councillors young people can begin to take back our future but we need to get out and vote for it

2 May, 2017 - 10:17

The Scottish Greens will today (2 MAY) urge 16 and 17 year olds and other young voters to use their influence to elect more Green councillors to protect the local services that young people rely on.

The Greens are engaged in their biggest ever Council campaign, with a record 218 candidates aiming to put power in people's hands.

The party is confident of building on existing councillor numbers in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeenshire, Midlothian and Stirling, and making breakthroughs in most other local authorities.

Council elections: Greens warn of Tory threat

30 April, 2017 - 10:53

The Scottish Greens today called on voters in this week's council elections to reject candidates who have been campaigning on national rather than local issues, and urged them to use their first preference votes for Green candidates to stop Tories who would cut council services, facilities and jobs.

You can put councillors in place who will prioritise local needs

John Finnie MSP Fri 28 Apr

They say travel broadens the mind. And we could do with some broader thinking at this time. A narrow-minded Tory Prime Minister has called a General Election right in the middle of a vital local election campaign. That tells you all you need to know about how little the Tories value local council services.

Scot Gov must step in & halt Edinburgh airport's flawed consultation on expansion

27 April, 2017 - 16:26

Scottish Green MSPs today used a Holyrood debate on Edinburgh airport's expansion plans to call on the Scottish Government to step in and halt the company's flawed consultation.

Last week 20 community councils affected by the plans came together at a summit meeting at Holyrood hosted by Mark Ruskell, Scottish Green MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife.

In today's debate, Mr Ruskell said:

Viewers will be baffled and disappointed by STV excluding us

27 April, 2017 - 16:17

The Scottish Greens have today (27 April) called on STV to reverse their decision to host a televised debate featuring only four of Scotland’s five parties.

STV have said their debate on 24 May will include what they call the leaders of the four "main" parties, ignoring the fact that the Scottish Greens have more MSPs than the LibDems, more members than the LibDems, and are currently polling ahead of the Libdems for next week's council elections and in Holyrood election polling.

Greens slam aviation tax cut plans at First Minister’s Questions

27 April, 2017 - 13:18

The First Minister came under fire at Holyrood today after government plans for an aviation tax cut were slammed by the Greens.

Patrick Harvie MSP cited fresh research, produced by the party, showing that the richest 10% of households stand to gain four times as much from Nicola Sturgeon’s plans for a 50% cut to Air Passenger Duty than the poorest 10%.