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Heathrow fringe undermines SNP credibility on climate

Fri 27 Nov, 2020

The fact the SNP are allowing Heathrow airport to influence policy undermines the party’s credibility on climate, the Scottish Greens have said.

Heathrow, a longstanding sponsor of SNP conference, is running a fringe event this weekend on “sustainable travel”. 

The Scottish Government signed a memorandum of understanding with Heathrow in 2016 backing a third runway and remain committed to expanding air travel, a move that would increase flight numbers and emissions in Scotland.

Greens: Tory spending plans cruel and economically illiterate

Wed 25 Nov, 2020

The Scottish Greens have slammed the UK Spending review as cruel and economically illiterate for placing the economic fallout of the pandemic on the shoulders of those who have already suffered the worst from it.

The Chancellor’s spending review focused on the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns, but failed to mention those that had made an enormous amount of money from the crisis.

Tories set to punish pandemic workers

Fri 20 Nov, 2020

Responding to reports that the Chancellor is set to announce a public sector pay freeze, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said:

“It is absolutely unacceptable that those who have served in our emergency services, hospitals and schools throughout this pandemic could be handed a real terms pay cut by this cruel Tory Government.

Greens: Tory attack on democracy cannot win

Tue 17 Nov, 2020

Responding to the ongoing Tory disarray following reports that the Prime Minister has called devolution in Scotland “a disaster”, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said:

“The Conservative Party have never liked decisions made in Scotland, but they're now utterly confused about whether to oppose the Prime Minister, double down on his views, or deny that he even meant what he so clearly said.

Scotland must investigate Trump finances

Thu 12 Nov, 2020

The Scottish Greens have called for outgoing US President Donald Trump’s financial interests in Scotland to be investigated.

With Trump set to lose immunity from prosecution in the US, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie has reiterated his call for the Scottish Government to seek an unexplained wealth order (UWO) on Trump International’s acquisition of Turnberry.

New poll shows Greens set to elect record number of MSPs

Thu 5 Nov, 2020

A new opinion poll, published today by Survation, shows the Scottish Greens on course to elect a record number of MSPs. The poll also continues the now established trend of majority support for Scottish independence.

Welcoming the poll, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Glasgow City Council must act on shameful homelessness record

Wed 4 Nov, 2020

Commenting on the Scottish Housing Regulator’s inquiry into Glasgow City Council’s homelessness services, Scottish Greens Co-Leader and Glasgow MSP Patrick Harvie said:

Greens demand furlough fairness

Mon 2 Nov, 2020

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

“Public health policy in Scotland must be driven by what is happening in Scotland, not what is happening in the south of England.

“It’s been clear for some time that the UK Government has nothing to offer Scotland but contempt, but the Prime Minister’s actions over the weekend took this contempt to new levels, showing that he couldn’t care less about workers and businesses here.

One year to COP26: Harvie calls for emergency climate response

Sun 1 Nov, 2020

The Scottish Greens have challenged the Scottish Government to use the year leading up to COP26, the major Glasgow climate summit due to begin on 1 November 2021, to set out an “emergency response” to the climate emergency.

The party’s co-leader, Patrick Harvie MSP, has called on the First Minister to use every tool at the Scottish Government’s disposal, and go beyond simply setting targets by delivering an emergency response which helps Scotland rebuild from the coronavirus crisis, creates quality green jobs and tackles the climate crisis.

Patrick Harvie MSP said: