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Responsibility for named person shambles lies with Swinney 

Thu 19 Sep, 2019

The Cabinet Secretary for Education doesn’t have far to look far to establish where responsibility lies for the shambles that the government have made of the ‘unquestionably legitimate’ named persons child-protection policy, according to Scottish Greens Education Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP. 

Greer told Mr Swinney this afternoon that Parliament’s Education committee has been completed vindicated in its refusal to proceed with his ‘unsound’ Information Sharing bill in 2017.

Ross Greer MSP said: 

Loch Lomond: Flamingo Land Application Withdrawn

Tue 17 Sep, 2019

Responding to reports that Flamingo Land have withdrawn their planning application to develop land at Loch Lomond, West Scotland Green MSP Ross Greer said:

Electoral Commission fine Scottish Unionist Association Trust

Tue 17 Sep, 2019

Responding to the news that the Electoral Commission has today (17 Sep) fined the Scottish Unionist Association Trust, Green MSP Ross Greer said: 

SQA must cease business with Saudi Arabia

Wed 11 Sep, 2019

The Scottish Qualifications Agency has been slammed for support provided to the Saudi Arabian government, including its military, by Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer.

The Green MSP challenged the public body at the Scottish Parliament’s education committee demanding the exam body ends its links with the internationally-condemned regime after it revealed that no assessment has been made of what Saudi defence officials are using their SQA-provided training for.

Pupil support assistants will not replace ASN staff, warns Ross Greer

Fri 6 Sep, 2019

The hiring of pupil support assistants by the Scottish Government is a smokescreen to obscure the growing lack of specialist provision, the Scottish Greens have said.

The party’s education spokesperson Ross Greer said: “Schools can always do with more classroom assistants, but we shouldn’t pretend they will replace specialists for pupils with additional needs.

Flamingoland rejection advice welcomed by Ross Greer

Thu 5 Sep, 2019

Officials for the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National park authority have recommended that its board reject the bid by Flamingoland to develop in Scotland’s national park.

The report notes the plan “has not demonstrated that there will be no adverse impacts on the character or integrity” of the existing asset.

The report is a recommendation only, with the final planning decision to be made by the board of the Park Authority after a public hearing on September 24th.

Hunterston reactor four to be restarted for four months

Tue 20 Aug, 2019

Responding to the news Hunterston reactor four is to be restarted for four months, West of Scotland Green MSP Ross Greer said:

“There is nothing reassuring for communities around Hunterston in this decision to restart one of the reactors.

“The ONR themselves have detailed four previous notable safety incidents. These include lost cooling for a reactor, the failure of a shutdown pump and smoke from a control room panel.

Edinburgh Council must not treat climate strikers like truants

Fri 16 Aug, 2019

Scottish Greens education spokesman Ross Greer has urged Edinburgh Council to “see sense” over plans to restrict school climate strikes to once a year.

Edinburgh councillors will today decide whether to restrict permitted days off from school to a single day per year, after a Scottish Green motion called for councillors to back days of action by Scottish Youth Climate Strike (SYCS) group on September 20 and 27.

The strikes are part of a coordinated global movement started by sixteen-year-old Swedish school pupil Greta Thunberg.

Commenting, Ross Greer said:

Nuclear arms race reappears on Hiroshima anniversary

Tue 6 Aug, 2019

Comments from Russian president Vladimir Putin show the spectre of nuclear war is rising again, Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer has said.

American President Donald Trump withdrew from a major cold-war weapons treaty with Russia on Friday, prompting the Russian leader to say he would have “no option” but to match America’s weapons systems.

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force (INF) treaty, signed in 1987, banned land-based missiles with a range between 310 and 3,400 miles and was designed to reduce the chances of a strike being launched at short notice.

Brexit to cost Scotland $1.5bn Lord of the Rings series

Thu 4 Jul, 2019

Scotland is set to lose out on being the location of a planned $1.5bn Lord of the Rings TV series due to Brexit, according to reports in New Zealand.

The New Zealand Herald has reported the country has instead been confirmed as the primary location for the Amazon production.