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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Latest Campaign Updates

Polluting Together: SNP united with UK parties on oil policy say Greens

Wed 7 Jun, 2017

The SNP is united with the three UK parties on a policy of “maximum oil extraction” Patrick Harvie MSP has claimed at the last session of First Minister’s Questions before the General Election.

The Scottish Greens’ co-convener pressed the First Minister to put on record exactly how much of Scotland’s fossil fuels must be “left unburned” so that the country can surpass the goals set by the Paris climate agreement in limiting the impact of climate change.

#GE17: Greens vow to stand up to Trump and Tories

Wed 7 Jun, 2017

The Scottish Greens will today use the final day of General Election campaigning to knock on as many doors as possible, including the US Consulate in Edinburgh, where two Green candidates will deliver a letter outlining the party’s objections to recent actions by Donald Trump.

Greens enter final campaign week with fairness pledge

Fri 2 Jun, 2017

Greens will go to Westminster with a pledge to stand up for everyone’s “right to live with dignity”, Alison Johnstone MSP has said as she outlined her party’s policies on fairness while visiting Glasgow today.

Speaking at Glasgow West Carers Centre, Johnstone gave her backing to Patrick Harvie, who is standing in neighbouring Glasgow North, and said that by electing Scotland’s first Green MP, voters will get a local champion who will speak up and represent those who “continue to be ignored by Westminster”.

Donald Trump is not alone in risking the future of our planet

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 2 Jun, 2017

"President Trump is pulling out of the Paris climate change agreement. How will the panellists deal with that?” Coming in the closing stages of the election campaign’s final UK-wide televised leaders’ debate on Wednesday evening, this question was followed by the presenter asking for it to be answered “briefly”.

No mention of climate change from Sturgeon say Greens

Tue 30 May, 2017

The SNP’s failure to mention the environment or climate change is further proof of why Scotland “urgently needs its first Green MP” say the Scottish Greens.

Commenting on Nicola Sturgeon’s launch of her party’s 2017 General Election manifesto in Perth today, Mark Ruskell also questioned the SNP’s ability to challenge the Tories on environmental issues. Meanwhile, the Scottish Greens launched their manifesto in Glasgow yesterday with a commitment to a "Green industrial revolution".