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Greens slam aviation tax cut plans at First Minister’s Questions

27 April, 2017 - 13:18

The First Minister came under fire at Holyrood today after government plans for an aviation tax cut were slammed by the Greens.

Patrick Harvie MSP cited fresh research, produced by the party, showing that the richest 10% of households stand to gain four times as much from Nicola Sturgeon’s plans for a 50% cut to Air Passenger Duty than the poorest 10%.

Our analysis shows SNP air tax cut would benefit richest 10% of households four times as much as poorest 10%

25 April, 2017 - 14:02

New figures produced today (25 April) by the Scottish Greens show that the richest 10% of households stand to gain four times as much from the 50% cut to APD than the poorest 10%.

The Green group of MSPs, who were elected on a manifesto commitment to retain Air Passenger Duty, will abstain in today’s Holyrood vote allowing the Air Departure Tax (Scotland) Bill to proceed to the amendment stage, so they can attempt a major overhaul with alternative tax proposals that have “social, environmental and genuine economic benefits”. 

We shouldn’t hoard power but put it in the hands of local people

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 7 Apr

Holyrood is in recess this week, but a recess that comes just a month before Scotland goes to the polls in the council elections was never going to be a quiet time! I’ll be getting out around the country over the coming weeks, but recently I’ve been campaigning with our Green candidates in my home city of Glasgow.

Aviation tax: Harvie renews call for rethink

4 April, 2017 - 10:15

Patrick Harvie MSP, Economy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, has renewed his call for Scottish Ministers to rethink their plans to slash taxes for the aviation industry.

Holyrood's Finance Committee today publishes its initial report having scrutinised the Government's proposal for a 50% cut in Air Departure Tax, the replacement for Air Passenger Duty, the aim of which is to increase flights.

Mr Harvie, a member of the committee, said:

Harvie raises Westminster power grab concerns at First Minister's Questions

30 March, 2017 - 13:12

Green co-convener Patrick Harvie today used First Minister’s Questions to raise concerns about the UK government’s failure to “entrench” the permanence of the Scottish Parliament and its intention to “hoard” powers repatriated from Brussels.

The Glasgow MSP reminded the chamber that the Scottish people voted in favour of a Scottish Parliament, by 74%, in 1997 and urged the First Minister to ensure that the Westminster government does not “bypass” Holyrood in relevant sections of the Repeal Bill.

Patrick's open reply to Tory MSP's anti-independence letter

Patrick Harvie MSP Tue 21 Mar

Dear Annie,

 

Thanks for your email about my party’s position on the call for a Section 30 order. I’m sure you wrote it in all seriousness, but I hope you’ll understand why it set me laughing grimly on the train home from Edinburgh when I read it.

The timing was odd, coming nearly five months after we debated the consequences of the EU Referendum result and issued our call for a Section 30 order. However, that point is rather minor compared with the rest of the email.

Our amendment for this week's crucial Holyrood debate and vote on a fresh Scottish independence referendum

21 March, 2017 - 08:00

Scottish Green MSPs have lodged an amendment for this week's crucial Holyrood debate and vote on a fresh Scottish independence referendum.

The Green amendment adds to the Government motion a call for the referendum to have a franchise which includes votes for 16 and 17 year olds, and for EU citizens.

The amendment also adds that a referendum is necessary given the UK Government’s decision to negotiate a ‘hard’ exit from the EU and its failure to take account of the strong Remain vote in Scotland.

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, said:

Patrick Harvie MSP responds to Gordon Brown's Brexit speech

18 March, 2017 - 11:03

Patrick Harvie MSP, the Scottish Greens’ co-convener, said:

Trump visit details sought by Greens at Holyrood

16 March, 2017 - 16:38

Details of the Scottish Government’s preparations for a visit by US president Donald Trump were sought prior to First Minister’s Questions today after questioning by the Scottish Greens.

Patrick Harvie MSP, who was once cleared of “blasphemy” after a complaint by the American tycoon, quizzed government ministers about what discussions have been held with the UK government and for assurances that security arrangements will not suppress public protest. [1] [2]

Greens Welcome Referendum Call

13 March, 2017 - 12:31

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, today (13 March) welcomed confirmation from the First Minister that she is seeking a Section 30 Order from the UK Government to give the Scottish Parliament temporary power to call a referendum on independence.
 
Patrick, who sits on Holyrood's Finance & Constitution Committee, said: