Action needed to protect key infrastructure from severe weather 

Wed 19 Aug, 2020

Commenting on reports that the main Glasgow – Edinburgh rail line may be forced to close because of the impact of severe weather, Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP said: 

“The Scottish Government must finally take the threats posed by the climate crisis to Scotland’s transport infrastructure seriously. 

Govt urged to build relationship between NHS and care homes

Tue 18 Aug, 2020

The relationship between hospitals and care homes must be built up, after revelations about COVID patients being discharged into the care sector revealed a lack of progress on the integration of health and social care, the Scottish Greens have said.

In Parliament, Scottish Greens health spokesperson Alison Johnstone raised concerns by care home body Scottish Care that there has been “a breakdown in relations” between hospitals and the care sector over discharges, even dating back to before pandemic.

Courts service must take action to reduce victims’ trauma 

Tue 18 Aug, 2020

Scottish Greens Justice Spokesperson John Finnie MSP has called on the Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service to take action to reduce trauma experienced by sexual offence victims. 

Speaking at a meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee this morning, Mr Finnie challenged the organisation's Chief Executive, Eric McQueen, on the steps it was taking to reduce ongoing trauma for survivors of rape and serious sexual assault resulting from the growing backlog of High Court trials. 

Voices grow calling for UK Govt to drop devolution veto plans

Tue 18 Aug, 2020

The UK Government must drop its plans to hold a veto over devolved powers after the number of critics have grown, the Scottish Greens have said.

Since the Greens raised alarms about the potential impact of ‘Internal market’ white paper on the democratic decisions of the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh and Scottish governments have rejected the proposals.

Andy Wightman calls for winter eviction ban

Fri 14 Aug, 2020

There should be a complete ban on people being evicted from their homes this winter, Scottish Greens housing spokesperson Andy Wightman has said.

The call comes after Housing Minister Kevin Stewart admitted that private sector tenants can still be evicted this winter, despite assurances from him and the First Minister.

Grouse moor report shows industry out of control

Fri 14 Aug, 2020

A new field study into the impact of grouse moors on Scotland’s wildlife is shocking and shows an industry out of control, the Scottish Greens have said.

Mossmorran power cut raised in parliament

Fri 14 Aug, 2020

Emergency flaring at the Mossmorran gas plant in Fife following Tuesday’s lightning storm has been raised at the Scottish Parliament by the Scottish Greens MSP for Fife Mark Ruskell.

A power dip during Tuesday’s severe storm caused a process upset at both Shell’s NGL site and ExxonMobil’s ethylene plant which led to elevated flaring, smoke and vibrations.

Regulator SEPA, which has already referred Exxon Mobil to the Crown Office for a separate incident, has deployed officers to the area to assess impacts on the community.

Scots Tories and Labour must lean on UK and Welsh govts on exams fiasco

Thu 13 Aug, 2020

Scottish Conservatives and Labour should concentrate on averting an exams catastrophe in Westminster and Wales rather than playing petty politics in Holyrood, the Scottish Greens have said.

The call comes on results day for school pupils in the rest of the UK, with a picture emerging of similarly outrageous lowering of working class young people’s grades.

Speaking ahead of the No Confidence vote at Holyrood, Scottish Green education spokesperson Ross Greer said:

Greens welcome resumption of Citizens Assembly

Thu 13 Aug, 2020

The Scottish Greens have welcomed the news that the Citizens Assembly is to resume its activity.

The Assembly was suspended during the coronavirus crisis but Constitution Secretary Michael Russell has confirmed it will resume in an online format from today. 

Commenting, Scottish Green co-leader Lorna Slater said: “I’m pleased the Citizens Assembly is to resume its work, and it is absolutely crucial that its voice is heard in the coming months.

Stronger protections for tenants needed

Wed 12 Aug, 2020

The Scottish Greens have called for stronger protections for tenants after the First Minister confirmed the Scottish Government is looking at extending emergency restrictions on evictions until March.

Under pressure from Scottish Green co-leader Patrick Harvie at FMQs, the First Minister announced protections would be extended, a commitment which the Government wasn’t willing to give only yesterday.