Let’s not go down with Brexit. It’s time we charted our own course

Patrick Harvie MSP Glasgow Finance, Economy, Fair Work, Equalities TwitterFacebookWebsite After months of build-up, we finally have a deal. And what a thing of beauty it is. This monumental act of self-harm is making almost everyone unhappy. From the Brextremists of the Rees-Mogg tendency, and the arch-unionists of the DUP,...

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FMQs: Greens ready for fresh independence in Europe campaign

The Greens are ready to start the campaign for Scotland to become a full, independent EU member country. Patrick Harvie MSP Patrick Harvie, the Scottish Greens’ co-convener is vowing to kick-start his party’s campaign for Scotland to remain in the European Union as an independent member state. During First Minister’s...

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Greer steps up call for action amid fear music teachers could disappear from schools for good

Greer steps up call for action amid fear music teachers could disappear from schools for good

We're on a slippery slope with teaching posts already going unfilled. Ross Greer MSP Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP today (14 Nov) stepped up his call for action from government after the country’s biggest teaching union raised the prospect that music teachers could soon disappear from schools for...

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Scot Gov plans to increase incineration seven-fold in the next three years

Scot Gov plans to increase incineration seven-fold in the next three years

We urgently need a moratorium on new incinerators until we’ve properly discussed the issue in Parliament and in our local communities. Mark Ruskell MSP The Scottish Greens today (14 Nov) challenged the Scottish Government over its plans to increase the incineration of waste to over 1 million tonnes per year...

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Harvie on draft Brexit deal: It’s not too late to stop the mess

The one thing we can be sure of is that this won’t be implemented as it stands, such is the act of self-harm it would represent. Patrick Harvie MSP Reacting to the draft Brexit agreement published tonight, Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP said: “After months of build-up, Theresa May...

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Ruskell welcomes inquiry by Holyrood committee into Safer Streets bill

20mph is popular with the public, enjoys cross-party support and expert backing, and will undoubtedly reduce accidents and saves lives. Mark Ruskell MSP Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell, whose Safer Streets bill aims to reduce injuries and deaths by making 20mph the standard speed limit in built-up areas, today (9...

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Despite SNP & Tory opposition, I am determined to tackle the bulldozed tracks ravaging Scotland’s hillsides

Andy Wightman MSP Lothian Local Government, Communities, Housing & Land Reform TwitterFacebookWebsite Earlier this week, a coalition of environmental and animal welfare organisations together with the think-tank Commonspace, launched the Revive Coalition. Its mission it to secure fundamental reform of the way in which up to 20% of the land...

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Scottish Greens welcome inclusive education commitment

Every young person in Scotland is entitled to an inclusive education which recognises their identity and sexual orientation. Ross Greer MSP Today (8 November) the Scottish Greens, the first party to back the TIE campaign for LGBTI inclusive education in Scotland, welcomed the Government’s announcement that it would accept in...

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Ross Greer demands action on school music tuition barriers

Learning a musical instrument cannot be an opportunity only open to those from wealthy families. Ross Greer MSP A Green MSP is demanding government action to stop musical instrument tuition becoming an exclusive activity after Holyrood’s education committee heard from a young person how skyrocketing charges are creating ‘Victorian’ levels...

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SNP block Wightman’s bid to give communities same right as developers to appeal planning decisions

SNP block Wightman’s bid to give communities same right as developers to appeal planning decisions

The system has been besmirched by a lack of parity and I will seek to re-introduce my amendments at Stage 3 so that the wider Parliament can decide whether or not communities can have an equal say. Andy Wightman MSP The Scottish Greens today (7 Nov) hit out at the...

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Harvie welcomes Holyrood endorsement of People’s Vote

Harvie welcomes Holyrood endorsement of People’s Vote

Scottish Green Party members stand ready to campaign with our Green colleagues in the other nations of the UK, and with people across party lines for a People’s Vote. Patrick Harvie MSP Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie tonight (7 Nov) welcomed the vote at Holyrood to endorse a People’s Vote,...

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Time to fast-track action on social care staffing with further rise in patients stuck in hospital

Time to fast-track action on social care staffing with further rise in patients stuck in hospital

Demand for social care and other local services is growing, so it’s essential that the Scottish Government and the Tories stop blocking reform of how our public services are funded. Alison Johnstone MSP Scottish Ministers are being urged by the Scottish Greens to “fast-track action” on social care staffing, as...

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UK Gov cuts to benefits target women and children, and must be reversed, says Johnstone

UK Gov cuts to benefits target women and children, and must be reversed, says Johnstone

Some families are still going to be worse off as a result of benefit cuts, and, if we are to be a fairer, equal and inclusive country, these must stop and be reversed. Alison Johnstone MSP The UK Government’s cuts to benefits target women and children, and must be reversed,...

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New Living Wage vital for economy & tackling inequality, says Harvie

New Living Wage vital for economy & tackling inequality, says Harvie

The UK Government’s fake living wage shows the Tories are content to leave younger workers in particular in poorly paid, insecure employment while pushing the laughable claim that any kind of pay packet gives you dignity. Patrick Harvie MSP The new Living Wage of £9 an hour is vital for...

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If we want to maintain Scotland’s reputation as a welcoming nation, we can’t just shake our fists at anti-immigrant Tories

Kim Long I had an unexpected Guiser this week – my wee neighbour, a bundle of giggles dressed as a Disney villain. She’d had a great time at her school Halloween party, and rattled off the copious amounts of sugar they had inhaled. Interspersed with this sweetie monologue, however, was...

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SNP Ministers detached from reality by failing to respond to climate warnings

The changes we make now to our energy, transport and farming systems are crucial for delivering hope for the future. Mark Ruskell MSP SNP Ministers are “detached from reality” by failing to respond to the latest scientific warnings that we only have 12 years left to avert climate catastrophe, according...

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Migrant fund’s five month delay challenged by Patrick Harvie

…we want a clear commitment that the government will take the action necessary to prevent this humanitarian crisis on our own doorstep. Patrick Harvie MSP An emergency accommodation fund for destitute migrants, promised by the government in June, has yet to be delivered, Patrick Harvie has revealed. The government had...

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SNP & Tories should be ashamed, after blocking Andy Wightman’s bid to control bulldozed hilltracks

SNP & Tories should be ashamed, after blocking Andy Wightman’s bid to control bulldozed hilltracks

Our hills should be managed for nature and for the common good, not the bloodthirsty pursuits of a privileged few. Andy Wightman MSP SNP and Tories MSPs should “be ashamed”, after blocking a bid by Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman to impose tougher controls on landowners who scar hillsides by...

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The Scottish Government should mark Armistice Day by cutting all ties with the arms industry

Patrick Harvie MSP Glasgow Finance, Economy, Fair Work, Equalities TwitterFacebookWebsite Patrick Harvie, Scottish Greens’ co-convener, explains why he wears the white poppy and issues a challenge to the Scottish Government and the Royal British Legion to end their relationship with weapons manufacturers. As we approach the 100th anniversary of Armistice...

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New routes for export of live animals must prompt Ministers to rethink stance, says Ruskell

New routes for export of live animals must prompt Ministers to rethink stance, says Ruskell

Without a commitment from the Scottish Government to at least consider a ban, this cruel trade, and the suffering that goes with it, will continue under the radar and in the shadows. Mark Ruskell MSP New routes for the export of live animals from Scotland for slaughter overseas must prompt...

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UK & Scot Gov must act on appalling increase in crisis grants to prevent hunger & homelessness

UK & Scot Gov must act on appalling increase in crisis grants to prevent hunger & homelessness

I fully expect these figures to be met with cold indifference from the Conservatives but I hope they prompt SNP Ministers to be bolder in their approach to preventing poverty. Alison Johnstone MSP The Scottish Greens today urged by the UK and Scottish Governments to act on “appalling” figures showing...

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Scot Gov approach to education is alienating teachers, support staff, parents & pupils

Scot Gov approach to education is alienating teachers, support staff, parents & pupils

Ross Greer MSP West of Scotland External Affairs, Education & Skills, Culture & Media TwitterFacebookWebsite This Saturday I will be marching with teachers calling for a fair pay deal. Over the last 10 years, teachers have seen a 20% real terms cut to their pay as inflation has degraded the...

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Ruskell welcomes SNP climb-down, after Ministers attempted to delay urgent action on climate

Ruskell welcomes SNP climb-down, after Ministers attempted to delay urgent action on climate

Pressure from Scottish Green Party membership, representing the widespread public concern about the growing climate crisis, has clearly caused SNP ministers to think again. Mark Ruskell MSP Scottish Greens climate change spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP today (25 Oct) welcomed the SNP Government’s climb-down, after Scottish Ministers were criticised for attempting...

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“Ending Austerity” debate at Holyrood a missed opportunity

“Ending Austerity” debate at Holyrood a missed opportunity

There is a bitter irony that Labour are today posturing about ending austerity whilst they do nothing to prevent the UK crashing out of the EU in March next year. Alison Johnstone MSP Today’s “Ending Austerity” debate at Holyrood is a missed opportunity, according to Scottish Greens Social Security spokesperson...

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Changes to Planning Bill will make land for house-building more affordable and tackle short-term lets

Changes to Planning Bill will make land for house-building more affordable and tackle short-term lets

The uncontrolled and rapid rise in short-term lets in our cities and our rural communities is depriving families and individuals of badly-needed long-term homes. Andy Wightman MSP Changes agreed today (24 Oct) to the Scottish Government’s Planning Bill will help tackle Scotland’s housing crisis by making land for house-building more...

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Pedestrian deaths & cyclist injuries show need for safer speed limits, says Ruskell

Pedestrian deaths & cyclist injuries show need for safer speed limits, says Ruskell

The evidence is strong that reducing speed limits to 20mph on urban roads saves lives, reduces injuries and improves air quality. Mark Ruskell MSP Figures showing a rise in pedestrians killed in traffic collisions and the highest level of cyclists seriously hurt for ten years underline the need for safer...

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#SGPconf mandates MSPs to pressure SNP Gov to commit to action on local tax reform

#SGPconf mandates MSPs to pressure SNP Gov to commit to action on local tax reform

It’s not too late for ministers to move in the right direction for the sake of local services and to renew Scotland’s local democracy. Andy Wightman MSP Scottish Greens meeting at their Autumn conference in Glasgow today (20 Oct) mandated their MSPs to put further pressure on the minority SNP...

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Greens launch priorities for education – SNP given report card

"The SNP’s education report card could be defined by one line, ‘needs improvement’." Ross Greer MSP SNP ministers are being invited to “copy the Scottish Greens’ homework” on closing the educational attainment gap as the government’s agenda continues to flounder. Green education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP issued SNP ministers with...

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Empowering communities and delivering food security

Alison Johnstone MSP Lothian Health & Sport, Social Security, Children & Young People Website I previously wrote in the Evening News (Food for thought and a little thought for food) in support of calls from the Scottish Food Coalition for a right to food to be enshrined in Scots Law,...

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Harvie warns “the clock is ticking” on fairer funding of local services as councils start drawing up cuts and charges to cope with “carnage”

Harvie warns “the clock is ticking” on fairer funding of local services as councils start drawing up cuts and charges to cope with “carnage”

SNP Ministers must take the opportunity now to signal a new direction and a commitment to change. Patrick Harvie MSP Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP is today (12 Oct) warning that the “the clock is ticking” on the need for fairer funding of local services, as councils across Scotland...

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The Case For Local Democracy Renewed

John Finnie MSP Highlands and Islands Justice, Transport & Tourism, Rural & Island Communities Website High quality public services are the bedrock of our society and as demand for services rises, we cannot duck the debate about how they are funded. When we look at the services local councils are...

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Greenpeace study of fish quotas shows sector at risk

Greenpeace study of fish quotas shows sector at risk

If we want a future for fisheries we need to distribute quotas to more local and sustainable operators. Mark Ruskell MSP A new study by Greenpeace, revealing how a tiny minority of wealthy families controls huge swathes of Scottish fishing rights, should serve as a warning that the sector’s future...

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Wightman: Scotland will never be a normal European country until it addresses the deficit in local democracy

Wightman: Scotland will never be a normal European country until it addresses the deficit in local democracy

SNP Ministers know that Green MSPs cannot enter into talks about the budget in December if they fail to make moves to give Scotland the kind of local democracy enjoyed by our European neighbours. Andy Wightman MSP The Scottish Greens’ local government spokesperson will today (11 Oct) tell an audience...

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Scotland’s response to IPCC report on climate change must be a summit of political and civic leaders

Scotland can no longer take comfort in the limited actions already promised while pretending the fossil fuel economy can carry on as usual. Patrick Harvie MSP Scotland’s response to the damning IPCC report on climate change must be to convene a summit of political and civic leaders says Patrick Harvie....

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We must tackle poverty, and tackle it at source

Alison Johnstone MSP Lothian Health & Sport, Social Security, Children & Young People Website An MSP’s year has some very regular milestones. The Programme for Government every September; the process of negotiating the annual budget either side of Christmas, and the recess periods when MSPs finish their work in the...

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Finnie urges public inquiry into Sheku Bayoh case

Finnie urges public inquiry into Sheku Bayoh case

Regardless of whether there are to be criminal prosecutions, misconduct proceedings or a Fatal Accident Inquiry it’s important that Scotland shows the value it places on a life. John Finnie MSP Scottish Greens justice spokesperson John Finnie MSP today (3 Oct) urged Scottish Ministers to set up a public inquiry...

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Johnstone & Wightman welcome ruling which saves Jim’s Farm

It is now incumbent on industry and the Scottish Government to deliver the much needed national film studio on a site where development would be lawful. Alison Johnstone and Andy Wightman, Scottish Green MSPs for Lothian, today (3 Oct) welcomed a ruling which prevents a farmer being removed from his...

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Finnie highlights warnings from bus industry experts on Transport Bill

The Transport Bill is a golden opportunity to arrest the decline in bus patronage and give communities the reliable, affordable services they are crying out for. John Finnie MSP Scottish Greens transport spokesperson John Finnie MSP today (3 Oct) highlighted warnings from bus industry experts that the Scottish Government’s proposed...

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New NHS research echoes our calls to boost social security spending & introduce Basic Income

New NHS research echoes our calls to boost social security spending & introduce Basic Income

I am delighted that NHS Health Scotland research shows that policies such as benefit top-ups and a Universal Basic Income would narrow health inequalities more than any other measures modelled. Alison Johnstone MSP The Scottish Greens welcomed research published today by NHS Health Scotland that echoes the party’s calls to...

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Ministers must speed up action on social care staffing given rise in patients stuck in hospital

Ministers must speed up action on social care staffing given rise in patients stuck in hospital

Given the cost-of-living pressures that workers face, we need to look at a higher rates of pay and payment for time spent travelling between clients, as I argued for when I led a debate at Holyrood on the issue last year. Alison Johnstone MSP The Scottish Greens are calling for...

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Tackle child poverty by making childcare flexible & affordable & by uprating devolved benefits in line with inflation

Tackle child poverty by making childcare flexible & affordable & by uprating devolved benefits in line with inflation

I previously pressed for devolved benefits to be uprated in line with inflation but my amendments to the government's social security bill were rejected. Alison Johnstone MSP We’re backing calls by social researchers for the Scottish Government to tackle child poverty by making childcare more flexible and affordable, and by...

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Momentum toward 20mph growing with new health backing & Wales joining the race

The backing of the Faculty of Public Health in Scotland adds to the professional expertise which says reducing the limit makes plenty of sense if we want to save lives and have healthier communities. Mark Ruskell MSP The Scottish Greens today (2 Oct) said momentum toward 20mph speed limits in...

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Climate Weak: Scot Gov claim to be world leader is becoming absurd

Mark Ruskell MSP Mid Scotland and Fife Climate, Energy, Environment, Food & Farming TwitterFacebookWebsite This week the Scottish Government is running a five-day “Climate Week”, no doubt celebratory in tone, but there are three key areas where their claims of being a “world leader in climate change” are becoming absurd....

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Campaign to save Loch Lomond from controversial development receives boost

The strength of feeling from across Scotland is giving a huge boost to our local campaign. Ross Greer MSP The campaign to save ancient woodland and public land on the shores of Loch Lomond from a controversial hotel and monorail development has received a major boost after over 20,000 objections...

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We need a Scottish immigration policy based on our humanitarian & welcoming culture

Maggie Chapman Co-convenor TwitterFacebookWebsite Immigration has been central to the politics of the EU Referendum. People in most political parties supporting the Leave campaign got involved in immigrant bashing. People in most political parties on the remain side talked about “controls on immigration”. We had vans being driven round our...

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Johnstone hits out at Scottish Ministers over lack of urgency on children’s services at St John’s

Johnstone hits out at Scottish Ministers over lack of urgency on children’s services at St John’s

There is an ongoing lack of urgency in this matter and the Scottish Government must stress to NHS Lothian that this is unacceptable and set a target date for the re-opening of the inpatient paediatric ward. Alison Johnstone MSP Alison Johnstone, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for...

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Climate reputation will be a sham warns Harvie

Greens were the only party not jumping for joy at the discovery of even more fossil fuel reserves. Patrick Harvie MSP The government’s reputation on tackling climate change will be branded a sham if it continues to give the fossil fuel industry the message that it should “keep on drilling”...

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Green proposals will be at the core of Scotland’s social security system

Green proposals will be at the core of Scotland’s social security system

I welcome the Cabinet Secretary’s commitment that the assessments will be 'markedly' reduced, in line with the Green approach. Alison Johnstone MSP Scottish Greens social security spokesperson Alison Johnstone today (26 Sep) welcomed a new approach to assessments for disability benefits under Scotland’s devolved social security system. Earlier this year,...

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Food insecurity must prompt SNP Ministers to think again about top-up of Child Benefit

Food insecurity must prompt SNP Ministers to think again about top-up of Child Benefit

I hope in light of the new findings on food insecurity SNP Ministers think again about a £5-a-week top-up of Child Benefit and finish the job on mitigating the Benefit Cap, to ensure families no longer go hungry. Alison Johnstone MSP Scottish Greens health spokesperson Alison Johnstone MSP is calling...

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Safer streets a step nearer as Ruskell publishes member’s bill

It's clear that a lower limit will mean safer streets, and I'm delighted that my bill enjoys widespread public support, the backing of safety groups, health experts, local authority chiefs and campaigners such as Mark Beaumont. Mark Ruskell MSP Safer streets are a step nearer after Scottish Green MSP Mark...

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