David Davis snub is disrespectful says green MSP

1 March, 2017 - 10:44

A newspaper report that UK government Brexit ministers are refusing to appear before the Scottish Parliament’s Europe committee before Article 50 is triggered is another example of “Tory disrespect” says a Green MSP.

Lack of progress in sourcing Scottish for school meals

1 March, 2017 - 10:25

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health, Children & Young People spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (1 March) expressed disappointment at the lack of progress in sourcing Scottish chicken for school meals.

Freedom of Information requests by Alison three years ago revealed the extent of the problem, with many councils flying in chicken nuggets from Thailand.

Fresh FOI requests by the BBC show councils spent £1.3m on chicken products from Thailand last year.

Alison Johnstone, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Lothian, said:

Bold measures to tackle poverty can end a national disgrace

Alison Johnstone MSP Wed 1 Mar

The past few days have been a calamity for Labour. At their Scottish conference the London Mayor compared independence with racism, their only Scottish MP bizarrely claimed there is no mandate for a fresh referendum on independence, and their UK leader said we must get on with Brexit despite Scotland voting to Remain.

But amid all that, one small piece of logic did emerge.

Greens push Scottish Government to make changes to PSE curriculum

27 February, 2017 - 15:31

The Greens are calling on the Scottish Government to press ahead with changes to Personal & Social Education classes (PSE), after a majority of MSPs backed a campaign for LGBTI issues to be taught in all schools.

BBC plans must result in work for Scottish firms to benefit our economy

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 24 Feb

Scotland’s political landscape has been reacting this week to the BBC’s proposals to create a new TV channel for Scotland, with a nightly news programme combining domestic and international news from a Scottish perspective.

Report could "pave the way" for the retention of an autonomous Highlands & Islands Enterprise

23 February, 2017 - 16:53

John Finnie MSP, Rural & Island Communities spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (23 Feb) gave a cautious welcome to a report which he said could "pave the way" for the retention of an autonomous Highlands & Islands Enterprise.

The report, by Professor Lorne Crerar, into a new strategic board covering Scotland's enterprise agencies recommends replacing existing agency boards with repurposed Delivery Boards with smaller memberships and more focussed remits.   

John Finnie, Scottish Green MSP for the Highlands & Islands, said:

SFC board merger poses serious risks to the funding of our universities

23 February, 2017 - 16:51

Ross Greer MSP, Education and Skills spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (23 Feb) expressed concern after a report for Scottish Ministers failed to rule out changes to the Scottish Funding Council which could damage universities' funding.

The report, by Professor Lorne Crerar, into a new strategic board covering the SFC and enterprise agencies urges an early decision on whether or not the board is chaired by a Minister.

Greens welcome assurance that new BBC channel head to be based in Scotland

23 February, 2017 - 15:40

The Scottish Greens have welcomed the reassurance given by the BBC Director General today that it is essential for commissioning editors for Scotland to be based in Scotland and that they would be unable to do their job if this was not the case.

This came in response to Green MSP Ross Greer highlighting at Holyrood’s Culture committee that the position of Acting Drama Commissioning Editor, Scotland, based in Glasgow appears to be set for replacement by a Commissioner position advertised as being based in London.

GREEN BUDGET SUPPORT MEANS CRISIS CUTS CAN BE AVERTED

23 February, 2017 - 14:39

Scottish Green MSPs point to cancelled cuts in local council areas across Scotland, thanks to agreement ahead of today's Stage Three vote at Holyrood on the Budget Bill.

Green MSPs have achieved more in this year’s budget than any party has won in any previous budget concessions, by persuading the Scottish Government to allocate an additional £160million for councils to spend on local priorities.

As part of the Greens' support for the Budget Bill, Scottish Ministers have abandoned their proposed tax giveaway for high earners. 

We must use new powers to help people access the benefits they're entitled to

22 February, 2017 - 17:21

Alison Johnstone MSP, Social Security spokesperson, today (22 Feb) welcomed comments by the Social Security minister that she is considering an automatic approach for applicants to the new Scottish system.

In their submission to the Scottish Government's consultation on using new social security powers, the Scottish Greens proposed that when someone applies for a benefit, they should be considered for all Scottish social security payments and services. This would ensure vulnerable people receive what they are entitled to, tackling poverty and poor health.