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Brexit: Lack of customs union clarity embarrassing say Greens

Thu 10 May, 2018

The appearance of two senior UK government ministers at a Holyrood committee today has been called embarrassing by the Scottish Greens.

Ross Greer MSP, the party’s Europe spokesperson, says the evidence provided by David Mundell and Robin Walker shows they still don’t know what the UK’s post-Brexit custom union arrangements will look like and that the government’s indecision risks damaging the peace process in Ireland. Alarmingly, after repeated questioning, they could not confirm when a decision on customs options would be made.

Hunterston reactor cracks: Green MSP wants public to have a say

Thu 3 May, 2018

A Green MSP is challenging the Scottish Government to give the community living near the Hunterston B nuclear power station a say in any decision to extend the plant’s lifetime after reports emerged today that cracks have been discovered in a reactor.

West of Scotland MSP Ross Greer says the lack of public consultation has been unacceptable while highlighting that European law says all ageing nuclear power stations should have an environmental impact assessment comparing their continued operation against alternative sources of energy such as renewables.

Greens Point To Fresh Blow For SNP Education Bill

Mon 30 Apr, 2018

Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP today (30 Apr) called on Education Secretary John Swinney to stop "blindly storming ahead" with unwanted changes to how schools are run, after yet another consultation showed widespread opposition and scepticism towards the proposals. 

Scottish Ministers under pressure after FM's non-answer to Ross Greer over Prestwick role in Syrian airstrikes

Thu 19 Apr, 2018

Scottish Ministers are under pressure to explain whether Scottish Government-owned Prestwick airport was used for the recent Syrian airstrikes, following Nicola Sturgeon's evasive non-answer to Green MSP Ross Greer at today's First Minister's Questions.

Scottish Greens previously raised concerns about US military use of the site, with party co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP challenging the First Minister in February following revelations in the Guardian newspaper.

Further fall in ASN teachers amid increase in pupils - situation "completely unacceptable", says Greer

Wed 18 Apr, 2018

Analysis by the Scottish Greens has revealed that the number of specialist Additional Support Needs (ASN) teachers has fallen for the fifth year in a row, while the number of children with identified additional needs has increased by over 65,000 in the same period.

This has resulted in the ratio of young people with additional support needs to specialist ASN teachers trebling in just seven years, reaching the highest level since new laws came in to ensure support in 2010, a situation the Greens say is “completely unacceptable”.

Greer raises community and expansion concerns in response to Glasgow Airport flightpaths consultation

Fri 13 Apr, 2018

Green MSP for the West of Scotland, Ross Greer, has raised concerns about disruption to communities and the prospect of climate-damaging expansion in his response to Glasgow Airport’s flightpaths consultation.

Greens respond to overwhelming evidence received by Education Committee on need to tackle poverty

Wed 4 Apr, 2018

Over 50 organisations have submitted over 300 pages of evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee in response to an enquiry into the impact of poverty on attainment in education.

Among those who have supplied evidence are the teachers’ trade unions, COSLA and individual local councils, a range of children’s poverty charities, universities, and the Church of Scotland.

St Patrick's Day message of solidarity from Irish Greens shows power of co-operation in Europe

Sat 17 Mar, 2018

The leader of the Irish Green Party today (17 Mar) issued a St Patrick's Day message of solidarity to Scottish Greens meeting at their Spring conference in Greenock.

In a video message, Eamon Ryan TD (member of the Irish Parliament), former cabinet minister and leader of the Irish Greens since 2011, says there is "real strength" in the Green movement across Europe and by working together Greens can minimise the harm that Brexit will do.

Eamon said:

Change is inevitable, and the Scottish Greens are leading that change in Scottish politics, says Chapman

Sat 17 Mar, 2018

Change is inevitable, and the Scottish Greens are leading that change in Scottish politics, the party’s co-convener Maggie Chapman will today (17 Mar) tell delegates at their Spring conference in Greenock.

Glasgow Airport Green MSPs Urge Public to Make Views Heard on Flightpath Changes

Fri 16 Mar, 2018

Glasgow and West Green MSPs Patrick Harvie and Ross Greer are urging those living in communities affected by Glasgow Airport’s proposed flightpath changes such as Bearsden & Milngavie to make their voice heard by responding to the ongoing consultation.