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Greens highlight unicef call for greater global vaccine support

Tue 8 Jun, 2021

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie has said Scotland’s voice should be added to calls for greater donations of vaccines from rich countries to the developing world.

Responding to the First Minister’s statement in parliament this afternoon, Mr Harvie highlighted a letter to G7 leaders noting that the international COVAX programme was 190 million doses short of where it needed to be.

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Greens welcome ambition of Glasgow climate forest plans

Tue 1 Jun, 2021

Plans to increase Glasgow and Clyde’s woodland by a fifth have been welcomed by the Scottish Greens.

The Clyde Climate Forest, launching today, will see planting schemes across the region with the aim of creating a large interlocking green network, including a biodiversity corridor.

The project is a partnership between the local authorities, Scottish Forestry, NatureScot, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Public Health Scotland and the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, with the Woodland Trust providing £400,000 in funding.

Greens call for more support for asylum seekers

Thu 27 May, 2021

Scottish Greens co-leader and Glasgow MSP Patrick Harvie has called for more support for asylum seekers in the face of poor treatment by the Home Office and outsourced accommodation provider Mears in Glasgow.

Mr Harvie used FMQs to highlight a new campaign by the ‘Roof Coalition’ of charities including Shelter, which highlights the fact pregnant women and mothers of children younger than two being housed in completely unsuitable accommodation in the city since January.

Scottish Greens enter talks on formal cooperation agreement

Wed 26 May, 2021

The Co-Leaders of the Scottish Greens and the First Minister have announced their parties will enter into ‘structured talks’ around the possibility of a formal co-operation agreement.

In her speech on the Scottish Government’s priorities, Nicola Sturgeon said the parties shared commitments to tackle the climate emergency and give Scotland a say over our future.

Harvie: Glasgow will continue to oppose home office brutality

Mon 24 May, 2021

The people of Glasgow will continue to oppose the brutal and inhumane UK Home Office immigration regime, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie has said.

Mr Harvie’s remarks came after the Home Secretary delivered a speech in which she said practices such as dawn raids would continue in the city.

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Greens call for greater support for Glasgow

Fri 21 May, 2021

Following the First Minister’s announcement that Glasgow is to remain in level three for a further week, Scottish Greens co-leader and Glasgow MSP Patrick Harvie has called on the Scottish Government to provide more support to the city.

Mr Harvie also welcomed the news that Moray is to move down the scale to level two but warned that the delicate situation in East Renfrewshire shows why continued vigilance is required.

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Scottish Greens unveil spokespeople

Fri 21 May, 2021

The Scottish Greens have revealed their spokespeople that will cover the various government portfolios.

Co-leader Patrick Harvie will continue to speak on finance and constitutional issues, while fellow co-leader Lorna Slater will lead on the two issues central the Scottish Greens election campaign, economic recovery from the pandemic and a green industrial strategy to lower Scotland’s carbon emissions.

The full spokespeople list is as follows:

Patrick Harvie: Scottish Greens spokesperson for Finance and Constitution

Patrick Harvie raises urgent question on home office actions

Fri 14 May, 2021

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie raised the first urgent question of the new parliamentary term today, questioning the Scottish Government on the events surrounding the attempted forced removal of asylum seekers in Pollokshieds on Thursday.

Mr Harvie noted that although control of immigration matters regrettably remains in the hands of UK Ministers there are actions that can be taken in Scotland to support communities to resist the racist home office.

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Scottish Greens slam Home Office 

Thu 13 May, 2021

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie has slammed the home office and stated that Scotland must build an asylum system worthy of the name.

Mr Harvie’s call comes as hundreds of locals in Pollokshields joined a protest following an attempt by the Home Office to forcibly remove asylum seekers.

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“It’s horrific that people have been forced to take such action to defend their most vulnerable neighbours from the brutality of the UK Home Office.

Queen's speech: UK Government hides intentions behind rhetoric

Wed 12 May, 2021

The Queen’s speech hid the UK Government’s intentions behind rhetoric, the Scottish Greens have warned.

Opening the Westminster parliament, the Queen talked about a recovery from the pandemic, green industries, sustainable economics and reform of the planning system.