An independent Scotland can build a people’s Europe

An independent Scotland can build a people’s Europe

Ross Greer MSP West of Scotland External Affairs, Education & Skills, Culture & Media TwitterFacebookWebsite In 70 days the Article 50 negotiation period will expire and unless something changes, the UK will leave the European Union, with or without a deal. What happens in the next seventy days is anyone’s...

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Harvie: Timetable for independence vote essential, even if Article 50 extended

Harvie: Timetable for independence vote essential, even if Article 50 extended

In the face of such incompetent misrule from Westminster, it’s now vital that we set out a route for Scotland to secure its future in Europe as an independent member state, even if the Brexit timetable is extended. Patrick Harvie MSP Scottish Greens co-convenor Patrick Harvie MSP has said that...

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Escalating Brexit crisis shows Scotland needs option of independence in EU

Escalating Brexit crisis shows Scotland needs option of independence in EU

Regardless of whether Brexit can be stopped or is ultimately forced upon us, the people of Scotland deserve the chance to reject the absurdities of Westminster where Scotland is clearly held in such contempt and instead chart a course to becoming an independent member of the EU. Patrick Harvie MSP...

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Other parties ignoring evidence on climate change

Other parties ignoring evidence on climate change

We need both an urgent and credible response to global climate emergency, which learns from the past and leaves no one behind. Mark Ruskell MSP Greens have slammed other parties for ignoring the evidence on climate change after they blocked calls to speed up renewable energy and oil and gas...

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We need to be united in our resolve never to let the far right become normalised

We need to be united in our resolve never to let the far right become normalised

Patrick Harvie MSP Glasgow Finance, Economy, Fair Work, Equalities TwitterFacebookWebsite Back in 2016, few people could have predicted quite how chaotic the Brexit crisis would become. But it’s not only a crisis in parliamentary debating chambers and government institutions. The toxic values which have been cultivated and unleashed by the...

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Vulnerable children to suffer unless SNP cuts to council budgets prevented

Vulnerable children to suffer unless SNP cuts to council budgets prevented

The cold hard reality is that if Parliament passes the budget in its current form, cuts to jobs and front-line services for the most vulnerable people will be inevitable. Patrick Harvie MSP Many of Scotland’s most vulnerable children are set to suffer unless the SNP’s proposed cuts to council budgets...

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SNP & Tory MSPs block our call for funding to help farmers cut climate emissions

SNP & Tory MSPs block our call for funding to help farmers cut climate emissions

It’s clear the SNP has kowtowed to weak arguments from parts of the farming lobby which ignore the potential for greener farming and land management practices to offset the unavoidable emissions from livestock. Mark Ruskell MSP Green MSPs have slammed the SNP for letting down climate-friendly farmers who want to...

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Ministers agree to Greer’s call to look at risk of post-Brexit people-trafficking

Ministers agree to Greer’s call to look at risk of post-Brexit people-trafficking

The Westminster Government's immigration proposals will be economically devastating for Scotland but we cannot lose sight of those who will truly be the victims of these short-sighted and racist plans. Ross Greer MSP Scottish Ministers today (10 Jan) agreed to a Green MSP’s call to look into the threat of...

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Green pressure for action on animal welfare pays off

Green pressure for action on animal welfare pays off

The Scottish Government is finally listening to the Greens and other advocates of animal welfare. Mark Ruskell MSP Scottish Green MSPs say their consistent pressure for action to improve animal welfare prompted today’s (9 Jan) announcements from the Scottish Government on CCTV in abattoirs, stronger penalties for animal cruelty and...

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Wightman warns Finance Secretary against smoke & mirrors on local gov funding

Wightman warns Finance Secretary against smoke & mirrors on local gov funding

It’s high time he dropped this charade and faced up to the reality of his cuts budget by backing our calls for real reform of local funding and a fair deal for local services this year. Andy Wightman MSP Scottish Greens local government spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP has blasted Finance...

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Finnie questions bus services funding reduction

Bus patronage is falling year on year, yet Scottish Government Ministers are doing nothing about it. John Finnie MSP Following questions to the Minister for Public Finance & Digital Economy. Highlands and Islands Green MSP John Finnie has called on the Scottish Government to prioritise the provision of bus services,...

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Ruskell’s plan for safer speed limits will counter obesity says child health expert

Ruskell’s plan for safer speed limits will counter obesity says child health expert

Concern for children's health is growing as they spend more time indoors and more time looking at phones and tablets, so we must seize every opportunity to make outdoor activity an attractive option. Mark Ruskell MSP Proposed legislation by a Green MSP for a safer speed limit in built-up areas...

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Reducing the speed limit will improve child health

Scottish Greens Reducing the speed limit will improve child health for at least three reasons. Firstly, slower traffic makes for safer streets which means that fewer children are killed on Scottish roads. Secondly, slower traffic will encourage children to walk and change their lifestyle to one which counters the obesity...

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The world is a better place because of those who bravely follow peace processes

John Finnie MSP Highlands and Islands Justice, Transport & Tourism, Rural & Island Communities Website Like many, I am always keen to support any cessation of violence or moves to peace. In any armed conflict, it takes courage to disarm and good grace to engage with former combatants. The world...

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Greer calls on Scot Gov to end support for arms dealers supplying Brazil

With the inauguration in Brazil yesterday of a fascist president, any link between Scottish public funds and weapons firms that target Brazil must be stopped. Ross Greer MSP Scottish Greens international relations spokesperson Ross Greer MSP today (2 Jan) called on the Scottish Government to end its financial support of...

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Scottish Greens Patrick Harvie, Maggie Chapman, Gillian Mackay and Jon Molyneux look back at the challenges and achievements of 2018, and forward to 2019 when we’ll continue Leading The Change. Join us and help Lead the Change in 2019!

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Government ignoring demand for safer cycling routes; ministers set to fail target

Government ignoring demand for safer cycling routes; ministers set to fail target

The government is leaving Scotland in the slow lane, choosing instead to prioritise more motorways, trunk roads and airline travel. John Finnie MSP The Scottish Greens today (30 Dec) accused the SNP Government of ignoring public demand for safer cycling routes as ministers look set to fail to meet their...

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Wightman warns rampant growth in short-term lets hollowing out Edinburgh

Wightman warns rampant growth in short-term lets hollowing out Edinburgh

The growth seen in Edinburgh in the past year will be galling to the many residents whose neighbourhoods have been fragmented, and families being squeezed out in their search for affordable homes. Andy Wightman MSP As thousands of visitors descend of Edinburgh for Hogmanay, Scottish Greens housing spokesperson Andy Wightman...

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Finnie calls for action to make all Scottish railway stations “step-free”

Finnie calls for action to make all Scottish railway stations “step-free”

The travelling public, including people with mobility issues and families using buggies and prams, deserve an easily-accessible public transport network as our railways are a public service. John Finnie MSP Scottish Greens transport spokesperson John Finnie MSP is today (27 Dec) calling on Scottish Ministers to speed up action to...

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Boxing Day fox hunts could be the last as Johnstone bill moves closer

Boxing Day fox hunts could be the last as Johnstone bill moves closer

Recently I have been taking advice from parliament officials and I will publish a consultation on my proposal in the new year. Alison Johnstone MSP This Boxing Day, as fox hunts meet around the UK including in Scotland, Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnstone has pledged to publish a consultation on...

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Social isolation is everywhere in society: we need a society-wide response

Maggie Chapman Co-convenor TwitterFacebookWebsite The festive season often gives cause to reminisce about the past: happier times, sadder times, younger times. And it has become a seasonal ritual to consider those less fortunate, those for whom this is a difficult time, those who are alone. Social isolation and loneliness are...

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10 policies that could accelerate climate action in Scotland now

10 policies that could accelerate climate action in Scotland now

John Hardy Campaigns Officer Last year the IPCC warned that the world has just 12 years to do everything it can to avoid climate breakdown. We’re often told that Scotland is already doing everything it can to reduce emissions, so here’s ten policies the Scottish Greens are backing that could...

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Greer challenges Scot Gov over failure to publish No Deal Brexit plan

Greer challenges Scot Gov over failure to publish No Deal Brexit plan

A No-Deal Brexit is a huge threat to essential health services, much of our food and fuel, and even the water supply. Ross Greer MSP Scottish Greens Europe spokesperson Ross Greer MSP today (18 Dec) challenged the Scottish Government over its failure to show the public its plans for public...

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Transport Secretary must bring to an end Abellio’s disastrous ScotRail reign

Transport Secretary must bring to an end Abellio’s disastrous ScotRail reign

The Transport Secretary must bring to an end Abellio’s disastrous reign and put in place a public sector operator to run Scotland’s railways exclusively in the public interest, at the earliest opportunity. Scottish Greens transport spokesperson John Finnie MSP has called on the Scottish Government to end the current ScotRail...

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It is past time for action on Council Tax

Patrick Harvie MSP Glasgow Finance, Economy, Fair Work, Equalities TwitterFacebookWebsite Derek Mackay has unveiled his tax and spending plans for next year. For a minority Government, that’s only half the story. He must now find a way of securing the consent of at least one other party for the budget...

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Harvie accuses Scot Gov of ‘sleight of hand to conceal council cuts’

Harvie accuses Scot Gov of ‘sleight of hand to conceal council cuts’

There’s no way Greens will back a double-whammy of council cuts and no new action on local tax reform. Patrick Harvie MSP Patrick Harvie has accused Derek Mackay of ‘sleight of hand to conceal council cuts’, warning at FMQs today (13 December) that the Scottish Greens will not enter budget...

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Harvie criticises SNP Ministers over Budget inaction on local tax reform

Harvie criticises SNP Ministers over Budget inaction on local tax reform

If the Finance Secretary wants to bring some stability to these uncertain times, he's going a strange way about it. Patrick Harvie MSP Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP today (12 Dec) criticised SNP Ministers for failing to use the publication of the draft 2019-20 Scottish Budget to act on...

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Parliament agrees our call for fishing vessel trackers to stop illegal dredging

Parliament agrees our call for fishing vessel trackers to stop illegal dredging

Remote Electronic Monitoring across our full fishing fleet will deliver environmental and economic benefits. Mark Ruskell MSP The Scottish Parliament tonight (11 Dec) agreed to a call from the Scottish Greens for tamper-proof fishing vessel trackers to clamp down on illegal activities such as scallop dredging. Following this afternoon’s Sea...

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Article 50 Ruling Points Clear Way Out Of Brexit Mess

Article 50 Ruling Points Clear Way Out Of Brexit Mess

This is a massive moment at the start of a vital week, pointing to a clear way out of the Brexit mess. Ross Greer MSP The two Scottish Green MSPs who, together with SNP and Labour politicians, brought the case on whether the UK can unilaterally revoke Article 50 have...

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Warning to Scot Gov: Our test for entering budget talks has not yet been met

Warning to Scot Gov: Our test for entering budget talks has not yet been met

Replacing Council Tax with a fairer alternative can’t happen overnight, but the work must begin now. Patrick Harvie MSP The Scottish Greens today (9 Dec) issued a warning to the Scottish Government that the party’s precondition for entering budget talks has not yet been met, with just days to go...

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We need climate leadership, not complacency

Mark Ruskell MSP Mid Scotland and Fife Climate, Energy, Environment, Food & Farming TwitterFacebookWebsite I’ve met many people living with the climate emergency. Families on the brink of losing homes to rising storms on Vatersay, Malawian villagers desperate for rain so they can grow food and Saami women who have...

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Our campaign for the Scottish Parliament to back a Climate Emergency Bill

Our climate crisis demands visionary leadership and the Greens are determined to lead the way. Patrick Harvie MSP Greens have today (6 December 2018) launched a campaign for the Scottish Parliament to back a Climate Emergency Bill. Following the First Minister’s appearance at the international climate talks in Poland this...

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Why Scotland needs a climate emergency bill

Patrick Harvie MSP Glasgow Finance, Economy, Fair Work, Equalities TwitterFacebookWebsite The First Minister was in Katowice this week at the latest round of international climate talks, where she warned against climate complacency and spoke of increasing Scotland’s ambition in response to the latest reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate...

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Greer challenges Swinney over subsidy to fee-paying Music School when many councils are axing free tuition

Greer challenges Swinney over subsidy to fee-paying Music School when many councils are axing free tuition

I just can’t see how the government justifies giving over one million pounds of public money every year to a small private school, without any clear assessment of whether that is value for money. Ross Greer MSP Green MSP Ross Greer has challenged Education Secretary John Swinney to justify his...

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We welcome EU Court of Justice Advocate General opinion on Article 50 process

It is now highly likely that, if the people of the UK were to change their minds and decide to remain in the EU, there is now a route to doing so. Andy Wightman MSP Scottish Green MSPs today (4 Dec) welcomed the opinion of the EU Court of Justice...

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May’s deal gives Scotland neither what it needs nor what it wants; it’s vital we show the clear will of the Scottish Parliament

May’s deal gives Scotland neither what it needs nor what it wants; it’s vital we show the clear will of the Scottish Parliament

Patrick Harvie MSP Glasgow Finance, Economy, Fair Work, Equalities TwitterFacebookWebsite Of all the unedifying moments there’ve been over the past two years since the Brexit vote, this week’s macabre spectacle of the Prime Minister working her way round the UK trying to sell her dead duck of a Withdrawal deal...

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Harvie says pressure will be on Tory MSPs & May’s deputy at Holyrood grilling

Harvie says pressure will be on Tory MSPs & May’s deputy at Holyrood grilling

It will be extraordinary if the Tory MSPs, who are freer to say what they really think, all simply toe the party line. Patrick Harvie MSP Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP says pressure will be on Tory MSPs during this afternoon’s quizzing at Holyrood of Theresa May’s deputy, Cabinet...

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Accounts Commission report on local council funding is wake-up call for Scot Gov ahead of budget, says Wightman

Accounts Commission report on local council funding is wake-up call for Scot Gov ahead of budget, says Wightman

This report confirms what we’ve been telling Derek Mackay for years now – local government funding needs a complete overhaul if councils are going to meet rising demand for vital public services and pay the staff who deliver them fairly. Andy Wightman MSP A damning report from Council watchdog the...

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Wightman blasts SNP & Tory MSPs for voting down his call for a review to protect private tenants

Wightman blasts SNP & Tory MSPs for voting down his call for a review to protect private tenants

The law, as it currently stands, allows tenants to be evicted on eighteen statutory grounds, which include landlords selling up at short notice, going bust, or converting a residential tenancy to a short-term let. Andy Wightman MSP The Scottish Government risks undermining its own new homelessness action plan unless it...

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Greer blasts changes to data published on school staff

Greer blasts changes to data published on school staff

We can’t tackle the problem and get the right resources into our schools with this smokescreen obscuring the very real staffing crisis affecting young people with additional support needs. Ross Greer MSP Following today’s evidence session with government statisticians at Holyrood’s Education committee, Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer has...

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May’s Brexit deal will be profoundly damaging to Scotland, says Harvie

May’s Brexit deal will be profoundly damaging to Scotland, says Harvie

The only rational thing to do now is to stop the mess, and allow a People’s Vote to cancel Brexit. Patrick Harvie MSP Responding to today’s analysis from the Scottish Government showing the proposed Brexit deal could cost the equivalent of £1,600 for each person in Scotland by 2030, compared...

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Johnstone criticises UK Gov for extending Universal Credit to Edinburgh with problems still not resolved

Johnstone criticises UK Gov for extending Universal Credit to Edinburgh with problems still not resolved

It is time to pause and properly fund and fix Universal Credit, before it causes any more misery, both in Edinburgh and nationwide Alison Johnstone MSP Scottish Greens have criticised the UK Government for extending the Universal Credit roll-out in Edinburgh when problems with the new system still have not...

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Potential jobs boost shouldn’t distract from disastrous plans for ship-to-ship oil transfers, warns Finnie

Potential jobs boost shouldn’t distract from disastrous plans for ship-to-ship oil transfers, warns Finnie

It has been a highly secretive organisation to date, and is certainly viewed by local communities as a law unto itself. John Finnie MSP News of a potential jobs boost at Invergordon shouldn’t distract from the Cromarty Firth Port Authority’s “disastrous” plans for ship-to-ship oil transfers and the body’s lack...

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UN report on Extreme Poverty must serve as a wake-up call to UK government

Alison Johnstone MSP Lothian Health & Sport, Social Security, Children & Young People Website We already know that Universal Credit is leaving families with just pennies a week. Families trapped in unsuitable temporary accommodation for months on end because their income no longer covers their rent; disabled people who can...

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Harvie warns proposed Brexit deal ideologically loaded, risking workers and the environment

Harvie warns proposed Brexit deal ideologically loaded, risking workers and the environment

This would delight the extremist free-market wing of the Tory party, but would put Scottish jobs and our environment at risk. Patrick Harvie MSP Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP today (21 Nov) warned that the UK Government’s proposed Brexit deal is “ideologically loaded” in favour of the “hard right”...

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Finnie warns Transport Bill doesn’t address poverty or do enough to tackle deaths from air pollution

Finnie warns Transport Bill doesn’t address poverty or do enough to tackle deaths from air pollution

Greens will always place a greater focus on people and will continue to push for a more robust Bill which meets the widest community needs ahead of the exclusive interests of the road haulage industry or car owners. John Finnie MSP Scottish Greens Transport spokesperson John Finnie MSP today (21...

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Victory in the fight to ban the mechanical harvesting of kelp by dredging

Victory in the fight to ban the mechanical harvesting of kelp by dredging

My constituents on the west coast have engaged in an extremely effective campaign and deserve to be commended for their great efforts in securing this change of heart by the Scottish Government. John Finnie MSP The Scottish Green Party has today hailed victory in the fight to ban the mechanical...

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Ruskell concerned as oil & gas industry has no Plan B to deal with climate

Ruskell concerned as oil & gas industry has no Plan B to deal with climate

It’s astonishing that despite the opportunities, and despite the growing warnings from climate scientists, the oil and gas industry leadership has no Plan B. Mark Ruskell MSP Scottish Greens Energy spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP today (20 Nov) voiced concerns that the leadership of the oil and gas industry in Scotland...

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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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