On Friday, the UK Parliament will vote on the next stage of Jim McMahon’s Votes at 16 bill. Although it will have many more hurdles after that, if it can get past this point there’s a very good chance it will become law. The Scottish Young Greens are strong supporters of votes at 16, and we call on all MPs to vote in favour.
The Scottish Young Greens are excited to launch our first ever national campaign - Healthy Minds, Healthy Students. At the heart of our campaign is the call for every pupil to be given high quality mental health education as a basic part of their education.
The Scottish Young Greens share the deep concerns of many international observers at the events unfolding in Catalonia today. Scenes of ordinary voters being greeted at the ballot box by batons and rubber bullets from the Guardia Civil are shocking and completely incompatible with democracy.
The Scottish Young Greens are delighted to launch our second ever "Youth Manifesto" - this time for the upcoming council elections. We've already highlighted the great success the Scottish Green Party has had in encouraging young candidates in these elections, with 36 (16%) of the party's 218 candidates across Scotland coming under the Young Greens age range (16-30).
Over the weekend, Scottish Young Greens delegates attend the Global Young Greens congress in Liverpool. 43 Young Green Groups from across the world were represented, although we are deeply angry at the UK Government due to its regressive Visa system, which barred 80% of African Young Green delegates from attending.
Earlier this week, the Scottish Green party announced it was standing a record number of candidates in May's council elections. The Scottish Young Greens are pleased to confirm that at least 35 (16%) of the 219 Green candidates up for election on the 4th of May are 30 or under. This compares to only around 3% of all councillors elected in 2012.
Scottish Young Greens and the Federation of Young European Greens joint statement on a second Independence Referendum
Following First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement preparing for a second Scottish independence referendum, the Scottish Young Greens and the Federation of Young European Greens welcome the move to give Scotland a choice on their future. Giving the Scottish people the opportunity to express what direction they want their country to head in is vital, given the rest of the UK & Scotland have never been further apart.