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50 politicians from across Europe say independent Scotland welcome as full member of EU

9 April, 2017 - 10:19

50 politicians from across Europe have responded to Theresa May’s triggering of Article 50 by signing a letter claiming that an independent Scotland will be “most welcome as a full member of the European Union”. 

Greer welcomes review of PSE, guidance and counselling in schools

30 March, 2017 - 17:16

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (30 March) welcomed Scottish Ministers' announcement that they will review Personal and Social Education (PSE), and guidance and counselling services in schools, as part of a new mental health strategy.

Mr Greer recently had the parliament’s Education & Skills committee hold a roundtable on PSE and has repeatedly questioned the Education Secretary on the issue.

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Triggering of Article 50 "economic and social vandalism"

29 March, 2017 - 14:13

Ross Greer MSP, External Affairs spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (29 March) described the triggering of Article 50 by the Prime Minister as "economic and social vandalism" and “signalling the end of the UK”.

Yesterday, the Scottish Parliament agreed a Green amendment that a fresh referendum on independence is needed once the Brexit deal is known and before the UK has left the EU, and that the franchise should include sixteen and seventeen year olds and EU citizens living in Scotland.

Greens vote for Scotland’s right to decide on Brexit

28 March, 2017 - 17:05

The Green MSPs have voted for Scotland to have its say over Brexit, giving the Scottish Government a mandate to seek permission from the UK government to hold an independence referendum.

As well as voting for a “section 30” order, MSPs backed a Green amendment calling for European Union citizens and 16 and 17 year olds to have the ability to vote in the forthcoming independence referendum, a privilege denied to them in the 2016 EU referendum.

The problems with education in Scotland are not about structure; they’re about funding and resources

23 March, 2017 - 12:07

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (23 March) criticised the Education Secretary for describing opposition to proposed reforms as "worrying".

The Scottish Government has proposed changes including moving control from councils to new education regions and head teachers.

Ross Greer MSP said:

“From today’s comments it seems the Education Secretary still doesn’t get it. The problems with education in Scotland are not about structure, they’re about funding and resources. 

It is right that the people - and not a government they did not elect - choose where we go from here

Ross Greer MSP Tue 21 Mar

This week, the Scottish Parliament will be asked to approve the Scottish Government seeking what’s known as a Section 30 Order. This would give Holyrood the temporary power to hold a referendum. It’s a step that is clearly needed if we’re to give Scottish voters a choice about their own future.

YouGov poll shows Greens closing in on Labour

19 March, 2017 - 08:36

The Scottish Greens have welcomed the findings of a March YouGov poll showing that support for the party has almost doubled since their successful Holyrood election in 2016.

Tories attempt to deny Scotland a vote on our collective future at the critical moment

16 March, 2017 - 13:16

Responding to Theresa May's comment that "now is not the time" for a referendum on Scotland's independence, Ross Greer MSP, External Affairs spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:

Scottish Ministers refuse to commit to education proposals including support for LGBTI+ pupils and “poverty-proofing” of schools

8 March, 2017 - 17:23

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, tonight expressed disappointment after Scottish Ministers refused to commit funding to a series of education proposals including support for LGBTI+ pupils and the “poverty-proofing” of schools.

Children and young people themselves need to be at the centre of the Named Person process

7 March, 2017 - 15:11

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (7 March) welcomed a statement in Parliament from Education Secretary John Swinney on the Named Person scheme and called for further direct engagement with children and young people.

Last July, a Supreme Court judgement confirmed that providing a named person as a point of contact and support for every child and their family would not breach human rights but asked for clarity around information-sharing provisions.