Greer calls for urgent statement on Education stats

Fri 21 Feb, 2020

The Education Secretary must make an urgent statement to Parliament and answer questions from MSPs following his department’s shambolic handling of a report on the 2019 exam results, which was eventually published late last night, says Scottish Greens Education Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP.

Ross Greer MSP said:

“Publishing this report at 8pm on a Thursday night, after MSPs have returned to their constituencies, is a blatant attempt to avoid scrutiny.

Finnie hails Coul Links decision

Fri 21 Feb, 2020

Welcoming the decision of Scottish Ministers to refuse planning permission for a proposed golf course at Coul Links, Scottish Greens Highlands and Islands MSP John Finnie said:

“I am absolutely delighted that this ill thought out and unsuitable application has been rejected. It seems the Scottish Government has learned the lesson from the disastrous decision to grant permission for Trump’s course in Aberdeenshire after all.

Nicola Sturgeon challenged over future of Mossmorran

Thu 20 Feb, 2020

Scottish Greens have challenged Nicola Sturgeon to engage with the community impacted by the Fife gas plant at Mossmorran.

Scottish Green environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell raised the issue at First Minister’s Questions after agency staff walked out of Mossmorran yesterday citing health and safety concerns linked to recent flaring activity which has caused widespread pollution.

Environment agency SEPA has rated the site ‘poor’ in its latest report.

Asylum seekers must be enfranchised say Greens

Thu 20 Feb, 2020

MSPs could make Scotland a more welcoming place for asylum seekers by backing proposals to extend the voting franchise this afternoon, according to Scottish Greens MSP Mark Ruskell.

Scottish Greens proposals to extend the right to vote to refugees have already been incorporated in the bill and Mr Ruskell, a Mid Scotland and Fife MSP, says his amendments to the bill, extending the franchise to asylum seekers, would ensure that everyone who makes up our communities has a say in who represents them.

Mark Ruskell MSP said:

Scottish Greens response to Tory immigration plans

Wed 19 Feb, 2020

Ross Greer MSP said:

“The racist immigration plans outlined by the UK Government today are appalling and will simply devastate the Scottish economy. Immigrants enrich our communities, they are our friends and neighbours, they staff our public services, and keep sectors like tourism and agriculture going. Yet again the Tories seem to have chosen a policy almost tailor-made to damage Scotland.”

Mark Ruskell backs workers in Mossmorran walkout

Wed 19 Feb, 2020

Mark Ruskell MSP has offered support to workers who have staged a walkout at the Mossmorran gas plant in Fife.

The Daily Record has reported agency staff have walked out at the controversial plant over health and safety concerns and working conditions, including concerns over the recent flaring, which caused light pollution across Fife and Edinburgh.

Scottish government letting down Mossmorran communities

Fri 14 Feb, 2020

The Scottish Government is letting down the communities who live in the shadow of the Mossmorran Ethylene Plant according to Scottish Greens Fife MSP Mark Ruskell. 



Mr Ruskell is today repeating his call for the Scottish Government to:



-          Meet with communities surrounding the plant;

-          Commission an independent review into health impacts;

COP appointment threatens climate action

Thu 13 Feb, 2020

The appointment of the new Business Secretary Alok Sharma as the Minister responsible for COP26 threatens to derail hopes of meaningful climate action, according to Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Alister Jack dismisses Scottish renewable industry

Wed 12 Feb, 2020

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack has undermined the potential of Scottish renewable energy by admitting the UK Government is leaving its future to market forces.

In a comment in Scottish Questions at Westminster, Jack said that offshore wind turbines being built in Indonesia for Scottish sites is ‘the market economy at work’.

COP26 must come to Glasgow

Wed 12 Feb, 2020

Relocating COP26 to London would be a further blow for the UK Government’s credibility, Scottish Green co-leader Patrick Harvie has said.

Following reports that the UK Government has approached the ExCeL London venue about hosting the COP26 climate change summit instead of Glasgow, Patrick Harvie said: