#SGPConf: Leading Greens in Britain & Ireland commit to campaigning to re-join the EU

Sun 11 Mar, 2018

Leading figures from the Green movement in Britain and Ireland are to commit to campaigning to re-join the European Union, in the event the United Kingdom does eventually leave.

Steven Agnew MLA, the leader of Green Party Northern Ireland, will join with politicians from the Scottish Greens in signing an agreement that is highly critical of the UK government’s handling of Brexit, particularly on the issue of the border in Ireland.

Why we need to save our Scottish Youth Theatre

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 9 Mar, 2018

When the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament was officially opened in 2016, the Scottish Youth Theatre performed a flash mob recital of the Edwin Morgan poem, “Open the Doors!”. Perhaps its best known lines are about what Scots aspire for in their parliamentarians: “A nest of fearties is what they do not want. A symposium of procrastinators is what they do not want. A phalanx of forelock-tuggers is what they do not want. And perhaps above all the droopy mantra of 'it wizny me' is what they do not want.”

SNP Ministers ducking responsibility for animal welfare with failure to explain opposition to live exports ban

Fri 9 Mar, 2018

SNP Ministers are ducking a key responsibility on animal welfare, according to the Scottish Greens, who have launched a stinging attack on Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing over his failure to explain his opposition to banning live export of animals for food processing.

Mr Ewing appeared to decide the government's policy without consultation in early February, prompting outrage from animal welfare campaigners and questions in parliament.

FMQs: Keep Scottish Youth Theatre open says Harvie

Thu 8 Mar, 2018

Patrick Harvie, the Scottish Greens’ co-convener, challenged the First Minister to ensure that the world renowned Scottish Youth Theatre does not close.

Harvie highlighted how the 40 year old theatre group was unable to secure vital funding from Creative Scotland and is therefore set to close in July, even though it plays a role in developing some of Scotland’s best known talent, including Gerard Butler and Karen Gillan.

Finnie welcomes news divestment will be discussed by MSP pension managers

Thu 8 Mar, 2018

John Finnie MSP, Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (8 Mar) welcomed confirmation from the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body that divestment will be part of forthcoming discussions by MSP pension fund managers.

Harvie pledges amendments to EU Continuity Bill to ensure democratic oversight, safeguard the environment

Wed 7 Mar, 2018

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, today (7 Mar) pledged that his party will bring forward amendments to the Scottish Government's EU Continuity Bill to ensure democratic oversight, safeguard the environment and maintain high standards of animal welfare.

Ahead of this afternoon's Stage One debate and vote on the principles of the Bill, Mr Harvie revealed that the Scottish Greens are looking to lodge amendments to:

Johnstone Highlights Brexit Threat To Scottish Health And Social Care  

Mon 5 Mar, 2018

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, is warning of serious damage to Scotland's health and social care services, pointing to evidence being given to Holyrood's Health Committee inquiry into Brexit.

Submissions to the Committee, due to take evidence in its inquiry on Tuesday (6 Mar), include:

Poll shows public want Parliament pension fund to stop investing in firms that contribute to wars, climate change & ill-health

Sun 4 Mar, 2018

New polling for the Scottish Green MSPs is set to pile pressure on managers of the Scottish Parliament's pension fund to stop investing tens of millions of pounds of public money in firms that contribute to wars, climate change and ill-health. 

The principle of Holyrood’s founding is now under threat from a government we didn’t vote for

Ross Greer MSP Fri 2 Mar, 2018

What we witnessed yesterday and on Wednesday in the Scottish parliament, with the introduction of an emergency Continuity Bill, was unprecedented. It’s also immensely complex and worth clarifying why this is genuinely the beginnings of a constitutional crisis.

Since the UK Government introduced their Withdrawal Bill back in July 2017, designed to ensure there is not a colossal black hole in UK law the moment EU law ceases to apply after Brexit, they have been locked in negotiations with both the Scottish and Welsh Governments over its impact on devolution.

Greer challenges delivery company on workers’ safety

Thu 1 Mar, 2018

A food delivery company has been challenged to prioritise workers’ safety by a Green MSP after a driver was spotted snowboarding en route to a delivery point.

Ross Greer MSP has written to Deliveroo asking why it did not suspend its services in all Met Office Red and Amber alert areas, following advice from Police Scotland, Transport Scotland and others that travel should be avoided. A motion has also been lodged in the Scottish Parliament to highlight the risks to exploited workers during severe weather.