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Scottish Greens respond to indyref poll

Fri 5 Jun, 2020

Responding to the publication of a Panelbase poll showing 52% of definitive respondents support independence, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

Labour accused of turning its back on biggest trade union 

Fri 5 Jun, 2020

Richard Leonard has been accused of turning his back of Scotland’s biggest trade union after reports emerged that he is to harden his opposition to indyref2. 

SNP government must confirm if it funds US police brutality 

Wed 3 Jun, 2020

Scottish Greens have called on the Scottish Government to confirm whether it has provided funding for companies involved in arming US police, who have been heaping violence on protesters in the states. 

Speaking at First Minister’s Questions, Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP noted that the First Minister has previously told him that enterprise funding for the arms industry is provided to those in the blue light sector.

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SQA grading system may be illegal say Greens 

Thu 28 May, 2020

Speaking at a Scottish Parliament virtual questions session this afternoon, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP highlighted concerns from the Equality and Human Rights Commission that the SQA’s proposed grading system to replace this year’s exam diet may be illegal. 

The ECHR has said that it is, “concerned that the SQA have been unable to demonstrate that they have considered any equality issues in their work in this area, or that they have met their legal duties in this regard”. 

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Johnson’s recklessness putting lives at risks 

Sun 24 May, 2020

Responding to the Prime Minister’s comments at this evening’s press conference, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

Green gains in the COVID emergency laws

Scottish Greens Fri 22 May, 2020

This week the Scottish Parliament passed the second emergency Covid-19 Bill, and yet again it was the Scottish Green MSPs who had the biggest impact. Here’s what we won:

1. No COVID bailouts for tax dodgers.

Scottish Greens win ban on bailouts for tax avoiders

Wed 20 May, 2020

Scotland will not give taxpayer-funded Covid-19 bailouts to companies registered in tax havens, thanks to the Scottish Greens.

Scottish Green Party co-leader Patrick Harvie pushed for the changes to emergency laws after several big businesses lobbied for bailouts despite paying very little tax. They are expected to pass later.

Countries across Europe including Denmark, France and Poland have already agreed that companies registered in tax havens will not receive taxpayer-funded Covid-19 bailouts.

Around 7,000 signed a petition by the party backing the move.

Harvie: No bailouts for tax dodgers

Thu 14 May, 2020

Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP has called on the Scottish Government to stop bailing out tax avoiders. 

Speaking at a virtual questions session this afternoon, Mr Harvie highlighted an announcement by the Welsh Government yesterday that it won’t give bailout cash to firms based in tax havens and reiterated his call for the Scottish Government to adopt the same approach. 

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Furlough announcement creates further uncertainty

Tue 12 May, 2020

Responding to the announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the furlough scheme this afternoon, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said:

“While I welcome the Chancellor’s huge U-turn on furlough, backing down from suggestions that he would immediately lower the rate of these essential payments, his announcement today will create further uncertainty and anxieties.

Scottish Greens respond to Prime Minister 

Sun 10 May, 2020

Responding to the Prime Minister’s address this evening, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

“The Prime Minister’s decision to effectively rip up the four nations response to Covid19 is reckless. His newly adopted slogan is vague and risks muddying the waters at a time when clarity is required to save lives.