Greens launch independence campaign on Brexit day

Sat 1 Feb, 2020

The Scottish Greens launched their campaign for Scottish independence on the day the UK leaves the European Union.

The party held a Green Yes rally in Glasgow to mark Brexit day to launch the campaign for Scotland to re-join the EU as an independent nation.

Among speakers were Ska Keller MEP, co-president of the Green/EFA group in the European Parliament.

Brexit will erode Scotland’s justice system from day one

Thu 30 Jan, 2020

Scotland’s justice system will be downgraded from the moment we leave the European Union, according to Scottish Greens Justice Spokesperson John Finnie MSP.

Speaking at First Minister’s Questions this afternoon Mr Finnie highlighted that, despite assurances from the Home Office, the European Arrest Warrant will not continue to operate as it currently does, with a number of countries including Germany exercising their constitutional obligations not to extradite citizens outwith the EU.

John Finnie MSP said:

FMQs: Greens call for free bus travel for young people

Thu 30 Jan, 2020

Making bus travel free for young people would bring social and economic benefits to communities across Scotland, according to Scottish Greens co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP.

A week from now the Scottish Government will publish its budget and the Scottish Greens have put improving public transport to tackle the climate emergency at the heart of their proposals.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Minister admits no policy on new gas plants

Thu 30 Jan, 2020

Planning Minister Kevin Stewart has admitted there are no national planning policies to guide the siting of new gas peaking plants, following Fife Council’s consideration of two planning applications in a week for gas plants at Inverkeithing and Hillend.

The Minister was responding to questions from Green MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife Mark Ruskell, who has said we need an urgent review of planning guidance so that councils can tackle the climate emergency.  

Mark Ruskell welcomes Mossmorran climate camp

Tue 28 Jan, 2020

Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell has welcomed the news a protest camp has chosen the petrochemical plant at Mossmorran for its 2020 location.

Protesters have announced they will camp at the site for five days in the summer.

Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Mark Ruskell has led calls for the plant to be transitioned away from fossil fuels and supported local residents who have suffered as a result of air, light and sound pollution as a result of flaring from the site.

Thousands of cancellations show need for rail investment

Mon 27 Jan, 2020

The Scottish Government must urgently prioritise investment in Scotland’s rail services, according to Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP, who has today revealed figures showing that almost 16,500 ScotRail trains were cancelled in 2019.

Sheriffhall objections reach 2,500 with one week to go

Fri 24 Jan, 2020

Around 2,500 objections have been lodged to a proposed £120m development of Sheriffhall roundabout on the Edinburgh City bypass, with a week still to go on the Transport Scotland consultation.

Lothians Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnstone, who launched the campaign last week, said the objections must be considered by the Scottish Government when planning all future road expansion projects.

Finnie slams offensive Tory Gaelic comments

Thu 23 Jan, 2020

Highlands and Islands Scottish Greens MSP John Finnie has slammed comments from Tory Education Spokesperson Liz Smith MSP, who said that a presumption in favour of teaching primary school children in the Western Isles in Gaelic was, "A deeply troubling step and one that could put children in the Western Isles at a distinct disadvantage to their peers." 

John Finnie MSP said:

Andy Wightman launches tool for reporting short term lets

Thu 23 Jan, 2020

Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman has launched an online tool which allows people to report short term let properties operating in their community.