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Harvie welcomes Holyrood endorsement of People's Vote

Wed 7 Nov, 2018

Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie tonight (7 Nov) welcomed the vote at Holyrood to endorse a People's Vote, so people throughout the UK can have a final chance to cancel Brexit.

Last month, Scottish Green party members voted at their Autumn conference to back the policy of a People’s Vote, a campaign already being led by Caroline Lucas MP and the Green Party of England & Wales.

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New Living Wage vital for economy & tackling inequality, says Harvie

Mon 5 Nov, 2018

The new Living Wage of £9 an hour is vital for supporting the economy and tackling inequality, according to Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP.

Migrant fund's five month delay challenged by Patrick Harvie

Thu 1 Nov, 2018

An emergency accommodation fund for destitute migrants, promised by the government in June, has yet to be delivered, Patrick Harvie has revealed.

The government had accepted the recommendations of its own Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group five months ago, however, Nicola Sturgeon was unable to provide an update on progress made to deliver funding for short term emergency accommodation for destitute migrants not entitled to statutory homelessness assistance.

The Scottish Government should mark Armistice Day by cutting all ties with the arms industry

Patrick Harvie MSP Wed 31 Oct, 2018

Patrick Harvie, Scottish Greens’ co-convener, explains why he wears the white poppy and issues a challenge to the Scottish Government and the Royal British Legion to end their relationship with weapons manufacturers.

As we approach the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, I want to say something not only about why I choose to wear a white poppy and what this means, but also about what we would lose if remembrance ceases to be a shared moment between people whose values are different.

Scot Gov Economic Action Plan contradictory & irresponsible, warns Harvie

Wed 24 Oct, 2018

The Scottish Government’s new Economic Action Plan is contradictory and irresponsible, according to Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP.

Harvie warns “the clock is ticking” on fairer funding of local services as councils start drawing up cuts and charges to cope with “carnage”

Fri 12 Oct, 2018

Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP is today (12 Oct) warning that the “the clock is ticking” on the need for fairer funding of local services, as councils across Scotland start drawing up fresh cuts and increased charges to cope with “carnage” on a scale already inflicted on councils in England.

Scotland’s response to IPCC report on climate change must be a summit of political and civic leaders

Mon 8 Oct, 2018

Scotland’s response to the damning IPCC report on climate change must be to convene a summit of political and civic leaders says Patrick Harvie.

The Scottish Greens’ co-convener says that such a meeting should take the need for rapid transition to a post-oil economy as its starting point, and have no limit set on the proposals for progress that are put forward.

Climate reputation will be a sham warns Harvie

Thu 27 Sep, 2018

The government’s reputation on tackling climate change will be branded a sham if it continues to give the fossil fuel industry the message that it should “keep on drilling” says Patrick Harvie.

Citing a report by the Committee on Climate Change at First Minister’s Question, Harvie, the Scottish Greens’ co-convener, criticised the government for its lack of action in cutting transport, agriculture, forestry and land use emissions.

Anti-fracking campaigners who exercise their democratic right to protest are heroes

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 21 Sep, 2018

What does a “domestic extremist” look like? Someone wearing a red baseball cap emblazoned with slogans claiming to make their country “great again”? A far-right thug who uses the threat of violence in an attempt to intimidate anyone who looks different from them? Or members of a community peacefully waving home-made placards, campaigning to protect themselves from pollution?

It’s time to free up local communities to make their own democratic choices

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 7 Sep, 2018

This week’s return to business for the Scottish Parliament was an opportunity to address the hopes of people in every community across the country. Making Scotland a fairer, progressive, more democratic country is something there’s broad agreement on but it’s an agenda that has needs a far bolder approach at Holyrood.

I’m reminded of the very blunt response given by a Swedish commentator when author and National columnist Lesley Riddoch explained the convoluted and remote way that local services are currently funded in Scotland: “Don’t you trust yourselves?”