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FMQs: Investment needed to create thousands of green jobs

Wed 17 Jun, 2020

Scotland can tackle the climate crisis, build a thriving renewable energy industry and develop the green jobs we need at the heart of our economic recovery, said Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP.

Scottish Greens: GDP slump cannot justify return to broken economy

Fri 12 Jun, 2020

The slump in the UK’s GDP must be taken in context and not lead to a rush of mistakes which put growth above public health and wellbeing, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie has warned.

Official figures have shown the UK’s GDP has fallen by a record 20.4% in April, as normal economic activity was halted by lockdown.

Scottish Greens win backing for exports ban and slavery museum

Wed 10 Jun, 2020

MSPs have backed Scottish Green calls for to suspend export licences for tear gas, rubber bullets and riot gear to the US in the wake of the response to protests about the killing of George Floyd.

Scottish Greens also won majority backing in the Scottish Parliament for the establishment of a museum to slavery in Scotland, to address the lack of awareness of the country’s links to the slave trade.

The Scottish Green amendment was backed by both the SNP, Scottish Labour and Lib Dems.

UK Government must suspend exports of riot gear to US

Wed 10 Jun, 2020

MSPs will vote later on a call for the UK Government to suspend export licences for tear gas, rubber bullets and riot gear to the US in the wake of the response to protests about the killing of George Floyd.

In a parliamentary debate on Black Lives Matter, the amendment from the Scottish Greens also commits to establishing a museum on slavery in Scotland to address the lack of awareness of the country’s links to the slave trade.

Commenting, Scottish Greens co-leader and equalities spokesperson Patrick Harvie said:

Harvie welcomes establishment of BAME expert reference group 

Tue 9 Jun, 2020

Welcoming an announcement from the First Minister at her daily press briefing that she is to establish an, “Expert reference group to assess the impact of the virus on minority ethnic communities,” Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

Scotland seems unwilling or unable to come to terms to come to terms with its history

Patrick Harvie MSP Tue 9 Jun, 2020

As if the Covid19 pandemic itself was not enough to deal with, the world is watching the horrifying events in the United States, where systematic police brutality is being endorsed and encouraged by racism at the highest political level.

Scottish Greens stand in solidarity with those who are taking to the streets in the US and around the world to express their anger and to make it clear that Black Lives Matter.

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.

Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

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”. 

Patrick Harvie MSP said: