Nicola Sturgeon challenged on Trump

Wed 20 Jan, 2021

The Scottish Greens have challenged Nicola Sturgeon to finally investigate Donald Trump’s acquisition of golf courses in Scotland.

Immediate action on drugs crisis needed to save lives

Wed 20 Jan, 2021

Scottish Greens have welcomed the announcement of significant additional funding to tackle Scotland’s drug deaths crisis, but warned that while long term action is essential, immediate action is also required to save lives now.

Responding to the First Minister’s statement the party’s justice spokesperson John Finnie MSP also called for parties to come together to urge the Lord Advocate to exempt safe drug consumption facilities from prosecution.

John Finnie MSP said:

Greens call for drug services to be exempt from prosecution

Wed 20 Jan, 2021

Scotland’s top law officer must use his public interest discretion to exempt staff overseeing lifesaving public health interventions from prosecution, the Scottish Greens have said.

The Scottish Government is expected to outline its plans to tackle Scotland’s drug deaths crisis in a statement to parliament this afternoon. Scottish Greens justice spokesperson John Finnie MSP has said that interventions such as safe drug consumption rooms must play a part in this response, but this can only happen if the Lord Advocate exempts them from prosecution.

John Finnie MSP said:

Spycops: Scottish Greens will reject “appalling” legislation

Tue 19 Jan, 2021

The Scottish Greens will vote against granting legislative consent for the UK Government’s Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill when it comes before the Scottish Parliament today, the party’s justice spokesperson John Finnie MSP has said.

The “appalling” piece of legislation would grant police, intelligence services and public authorities the power to commit criminal offenses and human rights abuses.

Speaking ahead of the debate, Mr Finnie said:

Nuclear convoy passes through Scotland in lockdown

Mon 18 Jan, 2021

Nuclear weapons passed through Scotland on Friday despite restrictions and health services being stretched, the Scottish Greens understand.

The convoy travelled from Burghfield to Coulport and passed through Stirling, and follows another convoy which travelled to Coulport on the 27th November then was sighted returning on December 2nd.

In early December, there was a COVID outbreak at the nuclear submarine base at Faslane which substantially increased case numbers in the area. [1]

Scotland needs rent controls

Sun 17 Jan, 2021

Inflation busting rent rises across Scotland show the urgent need for the introduction of rent controls, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie MSP has said.

Revealed: Scottish Govt has power to seek Trump McMafia order

Sat 16 Jan, 2021

The Scottish Government must press on with an Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO) on Donald Trump’s Scottish acquisition of Turnberry golf course, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie has said, after legal advice confirmed ministers have the power to seek one.

Brexit: SNP must show strength on bee killing pesticides

Sat 16 Jan, 2021

The Scottish Greens have demanded the Scottish Government “stand tall” on environmental protections after Brexit, after it emerged the UK Government is to allow farmers to use a bee-killing pesticide.

The EU bans the use of most neonicotinoids, which pose a significant environmental risk, particularly to bees and other pollinators, and this decision comes just a week after the UK has left EU rules.

Home care staff testing better late than never

Fri 15 Jan, 2021

Scottish Greens have welcomed proposals for asymptomatic testing of care at home workers as ‘better late than never’.

The Greens first proposed regular COVID testing for all NHS and care staff last April.

Responding to the announcement by the First Minister, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said:

“Since the start of the first lockdown we have called for regular testing for our front-line workers who have gone above and beyond to keep us safe.

Greens: Self isolation key to success of test and trace

Fri 15 Jan, 2021

The test and trace system to drive down in infections of the Coronavirus will only be effective if people are supported to self-isolate safely, the Scottish Greens have warned.