Wightman responds to short term lets statement

Wed 8 Jan, 2020

Responding to a Scottish Government statement on short term lets this afternoon, Scottish Greens Local Government Spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP said:

“I am pleased that the Minister has finally acted on my long term campaign and informed parliament of his plans to regulate short term lets. Those communities who have been adversely impacted by short term lets will be pleased that the government has now committed to introducing a much-needed, long overdue licensing scheme by 2021.

Scottish Greens issue climate budget warning to Derek Mackay

Mon 6 Jan, 2020

Finance secretary Derek Mackay must produce a climate emergency budget if it is to win support of the Scottish Greens, the party has said.

In a letter to the finance secretary, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie warned that support of the Greens would depend on commitments to decisive action to lower Scotland’s emissions.

Finnie welcomes HIAL resolution

Fri 3 Jan, 2020

Responding to reports that Highlands and Islands Airports Limited and Prospect have reached a resolution in the long running pay dispute, Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP said: 

Greens urge government to reconsider rail fare rise

Thu 2 Jan, 2020

The Scottish Government should reconsider the rail fares rise following another year of delays, cancellations and overcrowding on ScotRail services, according to Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP.

John Finnie MSP said:

“It’s wrong to ask passengers to pay significantly increased fares when so many have had to deal with poor services over the last year. Delays, cancellations and overcrowding are experienced by passengers all too often.

New Year’s message: Scottish Greens Co-Leader Lorna Slater

Lorna Slater Tue 31 Dec, 2019

We've come to the end of a very difficult year and we face an uncertain future. The new UK Government should make us fear the worst for vulnerable people in our society, for intolerance and for the rights of our EU citizens. With the New Year we need to find new hope. While we can hope for a separate path for Scotland we can also begin to build a new Scotland now. By being bold and progressive, Scotland can be even more distinct and lead the way in the UK. We can all play a part in this. Looking out for each other and showing solidarity can be an act of rebellion.

Ministers must up cycling rates

Mon 30 Dec, 2019

The Scottish Government must move quickly to increase the number of people cycling on daily journeys after it failed to reach its target that 10% of everyday journeys would be made by bike by 2020, according to Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP. 

The latest Transport Scotland statistics reveal that around only 2% of everyday journeys are made by bike, despite Scottish Ministers having had the 10% target in their cycling action plan for at least ten years. 

John Finnie MSP said: 

Grouse moor review is weak washout

Thu 19 Dec, 2019

The Scottish Greens have branded the report of the Scottish Government’s high-profile review of grouse moor management a washout, after it failed to make any recommendation on licencing.

Greens welcome end of ScotRail franchise

Wed 18 Dec, 2019

Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP has welcomed an announcement from the Scottish Government that the Abellio’s tenure as ScotRail franchisee is to be ended. 

In a statement to parliament this afternoon, Cabinet Secretary Michael Matheson indicated that the franchise will come to an end in 2022, and will not be ‘rebased’. 

John Finnie MSP said: 

Greens ready to win independence

Tue 17 Dec, 2019

Responding to a statement from the First Minister in parliament this afternoon, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

“The Scottish Greens are more than ready to campaign again for Scotland’s future to be decided by the people who live here, and for independence to be the path that we choose. We are ready for that campaign to begin, and we’re ready to win that campaign. 

Boris Johnson has a duty to take on the climate crisis

Mon 16 Dec, 2019

Boris Johnson’s overall majority means he has huge responsibility for tackling the climate emergency in the wake of a disappointing COP25 outcome, the Scottish Greens have warned.

Following a general election which saw the climate crisis cut through the noise around Brexit and the constitution, Boris Johnson now takes charge of a government which will sit for half the time climate science tells us we have left to tackle the issue.