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Green MSP Challenges Developer Over ‘Flamingo Land’ Concerns

Fri 15 Dec, 2017

Green MSP Ross Greer has asked to meet developers to discuss a series of concerns over the proposed ‘Flamingo Land’ resort development in Balloch.

Teacher stats: Overall numbers still down say Greens

Tue 12 Dec, 2017

New statistics released today by the government show that only a fraction of the cuts to teacher numbers over the last decade have been addressed says a Green MSP.

The statistics reveal that there are 543 more teachers than last year, however this means there are still 3,570 fewer teachers in Scotland than there were in 2007.

May’s EU deal unlikely to survive predicts Green MSP

Fri 8 Dec, 2017

Theresa May has wasted eight months of negotiation time in Brussels on a deal that is unlikely to survive says a Green MSP.

Ross Greer, the Scottish Greens’ Europe spokesperson also says any differentiated solution for Northern Ireland should also be offered to Scotland and that the deal needs further scrutiny by Holyrood politicians.

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Brexit secretary must go demand Greens

Wed 6 Dec, 2017

David Davis should be sacked say the Scottish Greens, after the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union revealed that Brexit impact assessments for sectors of the UK economy do not exist.

Ross Greer MSP, the Scottish Greens’ Europe spokesperson says the revelation is further proof the UK government is failing to prepare for the impact of a hard Brexit and that the Prime Minister must now provide a timeline for when new assessments will be drafted and published in full.

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Brexit: Irish flexibility gives hope to new deal say Scottish Greens

Mon 4 Dec, 2017

Reports that the Prime Minister will concede before the end of the week that special arrangements for Northern Ireland are needed to prevent imposing a hard border on the island of Ireland, demonstrate that the UK government can be flexible on the final Brexit deal say the Greens.

Ross Greer, the party’s Europe spokesperson, says that if such a deal to oversee the continuation of a soft border in Ireland is agreed, then Theresa May’s “newfound flexibility” should be afforded to all parts of the UK, meaning that Scotland remaining in the Single Market is now a possibility.

Support democracy: object to Westminster Boundary Plans

Ross Greer MSP Wed 29 Nov, 2017

The Boundary Commission for Scotland recently announced their revised proposals for Westminster Constituency boundaries. The task they have been set is to reduce the number of MPs and constituencies in Scotland from 59 to 53, and to ensure that the number of voters in each constituency is within a narrow range. This arises from the coalition agreement in 2010 between the Tories and Lib Dems to reduce the total number of MPs from 650 to 600.

Greer reveals Scot Gov gave £518,595 during 2016/17 to companies involved in the arms trade

Mon 27 Nov, 2017

Ross Greer MSP, External Affairs spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (27 Nov) revealed that Scottish Government agencies have given a total of £518,595 during 2016/17 to companies involved in the arms trade, including those whose equipment has allegedly been used to commit war crimes in Yemen and sold to the Assad regime.

Greer Slams Councillor Hypocrisy over Redundancy Vote

Thu 23 Nov, 2017

Green MSP for the West of Scotland Ross Greer has criticised East Dunbartonshire Tory and Lib Dem councillors over a behind-closed-doors vote to force through harsh compulsory redundancy plans.

The changes to the council’s redundancy framework were proposed by Lib Dem leader Vaughan Moody and seconded by Tory leader Andrew Polson and passed on a 12-10 vote in a private session of council, with all Tory and Lib Dems voting in favour.

Greer urges Ministers to ensure sex and relationships education, and mental health education, are delivered to every young person

Wed 15 Nov, 2017

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, will today (15 Nov) use a Holyrood debate to urge Scottish Ministers to ensure that essential topics such as the consent principle in sex and relationships education, and mental health education, are delivered to every young person.

He will say that these topics can help address the challenges of sexual harassment, rape culture and the steep rise in young people suffering from poor mental health.

Teach First: Lucky escape for ministers say Greens

Tue 14 Nov, 2017

The government “got lucky” says a Green MSP after a charity pulled out of the running to win a contract to deliver new routes into teaching.

The controversial scheme by Teach First, already in place in England, would have seen trainee teachers fast-tracked into schools after just five weeks of training and at a significantly higher cost than those who graduate from Scottish universities.