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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.

Green MSP Welcomes Rail Improvement Proposal

Fri 10 Nov, 2017

Green MSP for the West of Scotland and local resident Ross Greer has welcomed an announcement that the Scottish Government are exploring the possibility of re-dualling a section of the rail line to Milngavie. The line is the worst in Scotland for late and cancelled trains, which Ross has raised repeatedly with the Scottish Government in recent months.

Greer: Mundell giving workers no assurances over Brexit

Thu 2 Nov, 2017

A Green MSP has accused the Scottish secretary of playing down the threat that Brexit will have on jobs and wages.

Ross Greer, the Scottish Greens’ external affairs spokesperson, quizzed David Mundell at a meeting of Holyrood’s Europe committee about the economic impact that Brexit will have on workers’ in Scotland.

Greer also asked the Scottish secretary if he was “afraid of a ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario”, following comments from Liam Fox that he was not afraid of crashing out without a deal.

Greer challenges minister to reverse education budget cuts

Thu 2 Nov, 2017

The government must acknowledge the damage that budget cuts are having on young people with additional support needs and the school staff who support them a Green MSP will say today.

Greer urges UK Gov to quash talk of no-deal Brexit & give EU citizens certainty

Wed 25 Oct, 2017

Ross Greer MSP, External Affairs spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, will today (25 Oct) use a Holyrood debate to call on the UK Government to quash ongoing talk of a no-deal Brexit and give Scotland’s 180,000 citizens from other European countries certainty of their right to stay here.

#SGPConf calls on Scot Gov to withdraw "unwanted and unhelpful" education governance reforms

Sun 22 Oct, 2017

Scottish Greens meeting at their Autumn conference in Edinburgh today (22 Oct) agreed to call on the Scottish Government to withdraw its "unwanted and unhelpful" education governance reforms and instead commit to increased funding for local councils to return staff to classrooms.

Members supported a motion which noted that one in four pupils in Scotland has a recognised additional support need but since 2010 over 500 ASN teachers and hundreds of specialist support staff have been cut.

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:

#SGPConf agrees to secure rights of EU citizens in Scotland and to fight for free movement

Sun 22 Oct, 2017

Scottish Greens meeting at their Autumn conference in Edinburgh today (22 Oct) agreed to call on the Scottish Government to commit to democratic use of Brexit powers and to not follow the example of the UK Government, who are using the EU Withdrawal Bill to cut parliament out of the Brexit process as much as possible.

Members supported a motion which noted that Scotland voted neither for a Tory UK government nor for Brexit, and that the EU Withdrawal Bill should be denied the legislative consent of the Scottish Parliament.