Scotland needs a Green Voice at Westminster

Our Future Is Green

During the next parliament, a huge number of the social and environmental protections which have been achieved within the European Union will be transferred to the UK, where many Conservatives are openly calling for a bonfire of regulations. This will literally put people’s lives on the line.

Greens led the way in achieving much of what’s now at risk, from capping bankers’ bonuses to controlling toxic chemicals. We need a Green voice to stand up for these protections.

The UK Government’s cuts agenda is unnecessary, and wrong. It’s wrong because it’s destroying people’s lives, but it’s also wrong because it’s a failure to invest in the new, sustainable economic future we need.

Greens have been the only party opposing ever bigger subsidies and tax breaks for the big polluters, and we have a plan to create over 200,000 high quality jobs for Scotland in the new economy. We need a Green voice to stand up for this investment in our future.

What was once a social security system to be proud of, looking after us all from cradle to grave, is now serving the needs of big business, enabling poverty wages and exploitation at work. Greens will make the case for a social security system based on a Universal Basic Income. We need a Green voice to stand up for everyone’s right to live with dignity, free from the fear of poverty.

We need a Green voice who will stand up for what matters, and help build a confident and caring society. This election was called for opportunistic reasons by a Prime Minister who seeks a power-grab at Westminster, and who refuses to allow the people of Scotland to choose their own future after the false promises of the Brexiteers. By necessity, we are forced to run a tightly focused campaign in a small number of seats. But by doing so, we’re giving Scotland the best chance it has had to send a Green voice to Westminster, to make the case no other party is making for the sustainable, fair and decent society we know this country can become.

Patrick Harvie
Scottish Green Party candidate, Glasgow North

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First Minister statement: Scotland still wants say over Brexit say Greens

Tue 27 Jun

The people of Scotland will be the only ones in Europe not to have a say on Brexit under the new timetable outlined by the First Minister, say the Scottish Greens.

Responding to a statement by Nicola Sturgeon, where the First Minister revealed that she will “not seek” to introduce immediate legislation for an independence referendum, Scottish Greens’ co-convener Patrick Harvie said there is now “no chance” that Scotland will avoid being dragged out of the EU and, likely the Single Market.

Queen’s Speech: Prime Minister “out of ideas and out of time” say Greens

Wed 21 Jun

The Scottish Greens have said that the Queen’s Speech delivered today (21 June) is further proof a Prime Minister who is “out of ideas and out of time”.

Patrick Harvie MSP, the party’s co-convener says that politicians at Holyrood must now be ready to resist a Westminster “power grab” by ensuring that appropriate “repatriated European powers” are devolved to the Scottish Parliament.

Green MSP for Glasgow, Patrick Harvie said:

Foster letter highlights DUP prejudice say Greens

Tue 20 Jun

A letter, showing DUP leader Arlene Foster asking the Scottish Government to restrict the ability of same-sex couples from Northern Ireland to be married in Scotland, is further proof of the party’s outdated views.

We must do all we can to offset the malignity of the Tories and DUP

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 16 Jun

“May I say just one more thing Prime Minister; if you must do this damn silly thing, don’t do it in this damn silly way.”

So spoke the fictional, and now almost legendary civil servant Sir Humphrey Appleby in perhaps his bluntest ever advice in an episode of Yes, Prime Minister. It’s a warning which has been coming to mind a lot recently, and it could have been made specifically about the disastrous decision to take the UK out of the European Union, and the damn silly way in which it’s being done.

We're determined to continue long haul campaign to elect Scotland's first Green MP

Fri 9 Jun

The Scottish Greens say they are determined to continue their "long haul" campaign to elect Scotland's first Green MP following the results of the snap General Election.

Green co-convener Patrick Harvie increased the party’s vote share in Glasgow North from 6.2 per cent to 9.7 per cent.

Patrick said: