We're determined to continue long haul campaign to elect Scotland's first Green MP

9 June, 2017 - 04:08

The Scottish Greens say they are determined to continue their "long haul" campaign to elect Scotland's first Green MP following the results of the snap General Election.

Green co-convener Patrick Harvie increased the party’s vote share in Glasgow North from 6.2 per cent to 9.7 per cent.

Patrick said:

Greer urges Scot Gov to rethink proposal for "fast-track" teaching scheme

8 June, 2017 - 08:00

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (8 June) urged the Scottish Government to rethink its proposal to launch a "fast-track" teaching scheme which would give unqualified people teaching roles in schools.

The controversial move has prompted an emergency motion condemning the proposal at today's EIS teaching union Annual General Meeting.

The teaching union says parachuting non-qualified people into schools is not a solution to the recruitment challenges being faced.

Polluting Together: SNP united with UK parties on oil policy say Greens

7 June, 2017 - 16:37

The SNP is united with the three UK parties on a policy of “maximum oil extraction” Patrick Harvie MSP has claimed at the last session of First Minister’s Questions before the General Election.

The Scottish Greens’ co-convener pressed the First Minister to put on record exactly how much of Scotland’s fossil fuels must be “left unburned” so that the country can surpass the goals set by the Paris climate agreement in limiting the impact of climate change.

Ruskell questions Environment Secretary on lack of support from vets for allowing puppies' tails to be amputated

7 June, 2017 - 15:54

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (7 June) used Question Time at Holyrood to quiz the Environment Secretary on the lack of support from vets for allowing healthy puppies' tails to be amputated.
 
A ban on tail docking in working dogs in Scotland has been in place for a decade.

The Scottish Government’s proposed relaxation of the ban will be voted on at the Environment Committee on Tuesday, with a full vote in the parliament chamber expected after.

#GE17: Greens vow to stand up to Trump and Tories

7 June, 2017 - 10:34

The Scottish Greens will today use the final day of General Election campaigning to knock on as many doors as possible, including the US Consulate in Edinburgh, where two Green candidates will deliver a letter outlining the party’s objections to recent actions by Donald Trump.

Johnstone concerned at rise in NHS vacancies

6 June, 2017 - 11:49

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (6 June) expressed concern at a rise in NHS vacancies as figures show an increase in staff sickness and spending on agency workers.

New figures show that in March this year 7.4 per cent of consultant posts were vacant, a rise from 6.5 per cent in March last year. Of the 415.7 whole-time equivalent (WTE) vacancies, 204.3 were vacant for more than six months, an increase of 38.2 since last year.

Greens enter final campaign week with fairness pledge

2 June, 2017 - 11:35

Greens will go to Westminster with a pledge to stand up for everyone’s “right to live with dignity”, Alison Johnstone MSP has said as she outlined her party’s policies on fairness while visiting Glasgow today.

Speaking at Glasgow West Carers Centre, Johnstone gave her backing to Patrick Harvie, who is standing in neighbouring Glasgow North, and said that by electing Scotland’s first Green MP, voters will get a local champion who will speak up and represent those who “continue to be ignored by Westminster”.

Donald Trump is not alone in risking the future of our planet

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 2 Jun

"President Trump is pulling out of the Paris climate change agreement. How will the panellists deal with that?” Coming in the closing stages of the election campaign’s final UK-wide televised leaders’ debate on Wednesday evening, this question was followed by the presenter asking for it to be answered “briefly”.

Greens challenge First Minster to act on bird of prey killings

1 June, 2017 - 17:02

There is a “wall of silence” surrounding Scotland’s sporting estates say the Scottish Greens, who today (1 June) challenged the First Minister to take immediate action to stop a spate of illegal golden eagle killings.

Johnstone to bring amendments to Child Poverty Bill to boost incomes

1 June, 2017 - 16:18

Alison Johnstone MSP, Social Security spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (1 June) confirmed that she plans to bring amendments to the Scottish Government's Child Poverty Bill to ensure that full use is made of Holyrood's new social security powers.
 
Speaking in this afternoon's debate on Stage One of the Bill, Alison said:
 
"The latest Child Poverty statistics reveal a four per cent rise in Relative Child Poverty in just one year.  That is a rise of 40,000 children, to 260,000.