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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:

Our focus is clear - our councils and the services they deliver matter to people

11 March, 2017 - 12:56

The success of the Scottish Greens’ six MSPs at Holyrood shows that the party is ready for electoral success in May’s council elections, Patrick Harvie told the Scottish Greens’ spring conference in Glasgow. 

Harvie said that “council services matter” and that the election is a vital choice between “starving them of funds, selling them off”, or “investing in them to make all our communities better”. A poll by Ipsos MORI published earlier this week showed that the party could be set to make council election gains across Scotland. 

Let's make our local democracy really mean something

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 10 Mar

As Green activists gather in Glasgow this weekend for our spring conference, there will be a shiver of excitement in the air. Partly that’s because they read the same polls you did yesterday, showing the independence argument on a knife-edge. Partly it’s because we see that issue looking more and more likely to offer Scotland an escape route from the UK’s Brexit nightmare.

FMQs: Greens press government to bolster “half-baked” climate plan

9 March, 2017 - 15:32

The dismal pace at which Scotland is transitioning away from fossil fuels was raised at First Minister’s Questions, with Patrick Harvie MSP citing issues with the Scottish Government’s “half-baked” climate plan.

The Scottish Greens’ co-convener pushed the Deputy First Minister to allocate extra capital funding, revealed in the chancellor’s budget, towards growing low carbon infrastructure to create “genuinely sustainable jobs that the country will need for the post-oil era”.

Scottish Ministers must use UK Budget cash to invest in social infrastructure

8 March, 2017 - 14:26

Patrick Harvie MSP, Finance & Economy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (8 March) hit out at the UK Government Budget, while also urging Scottish Ministers to use capital funds wisely.

On the increase in National Insurance contributions for self-employed workers, Patrick said:

Our biggest ever Council campaign

6 March, 2017 - 11:00

The Scottish Greens today (6 March) announced their biggest ever Council campaign, aiming to make a positive difference in more Council Chambers across Scotland.

More voters than ever will have the chance to elect Green Councillors, with over 200 candidates due to contest May’s Council elections, more than double the 80 who stood for the party in 2012.