Watch Magid Magid hail Fridays for Future school strikers over ‘hope’

Former MEP and Mayor of Sheffield Magid Magid has heaped praise on the Fridays for Future activists, praising school climate strikers for making a stand.

Speaking at an event organised by Edinburgh Greens at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall in Leith, the politician compared what he was doing at the same age to those fighting for a better future.

He said they gave him “hope”. Continue reading “Watch Magid Magid hail Fridays for Future school strikers over ‘hope’”

Patrick Harvie puts Scottish Greens on notice to fight for place in Europe

MAYBE it was fitting, perhaps even a sign. But as the Clyde’s salty expanse was sprayed at pace up and over the quay wall outside the Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock, inside it was the stormy waters of Brexit that the Scottish Green Party were choosing to navigate.

Patrick Harvie, co-convener outlined the course he and his colleagues were plotting, about  where the submerged political rocks lay hidden and of safe harbours within easy reach in Europe.

It would have been easy to use their Spring conference be triumphalist and jubilant at the way the group has apparently managed to tug the Scottish Government’s budget from starboard towards port, or of the legislation they have helped push through. Continue reading “Patrick Harvie puts Scottish Greens on notice to fight for place in Europe”

Rallying call from Scottish Green Party as supporters told: ‘We still have so much to do’

SCOTTISH Green Party leaders will tell their membership “we still have so much to do” as they meet for the Spring conference in Greenock today.

Under the banner ‘leading the change’ they will also look to discuss how to face up to the threat of Brexit,  and how the party can continue to influence and agitate.

In her keynote speak, the party’s co-convener Maggie Chapman will today tell delegates: “We gather at a time when things seems more unstable and unpredictable than they’ve been for a while. Continue reading “Rallying call from Scottish Green Party as supporters told: ‘We still have so much to do’”

‘Desperate’ INEOS seek fracking ban review as company on course to lose ‘millions’

FURIOUS campaigners tonight branded multi-national gas firm  INEOS “desperate” as the company set about launching an expected legal challenge over Scotland’s ban on fracking.

The firm openly admitted that it would seek a judicial review with partner Reach because the Scottish Government’s decision to extend a moratorium on planning consents indefinitely – an effective ban – would prove costly to their shareholders.

And it appeared to hint at a threat over the nation’s future energy capability by calling into question government energy policies. Continue reading “‘Desperate’ INEOS seek fracking ban review as company on course to lose ‘millions’”

‘2018 can be a year of progress, from equality and human rights, to environmental protection’

In their New Year message, Scottish Green Party co-conveners Maggie Chapman and Patrick Harvie MSP said 2018 can be a year of progress on human rights and public services.

They pledged to continue to fight for what they called “justice, solidarity and our shared environment.”

And they hailed what they said was Scotland’s “willingness” to act for change. Read their messages in full below. Continue reading “‘2018 can be a year of progress, from equality and human rights, to environmental protection’”

Scotland bares its teeth as fracking faces even tougher ban from ministers than had been in pipeline

SCOTLAND is on course to become one of the toughest anti-fracking areas in the world after MSPs voted overwhelmingly to ban it.

The historic vote 91 to 28 at Holyrood included even tougher ties than had immediately been proposed in the wave of fierce campaigning.

Because the Scottish Government have also vowed to look at ways it might be able to outlaw it for good.

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Scottish Green Party co-convenor Maggie Chapman says Robert Mugabe reversal good news for human rights

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SCOTTISH Green co-convenor Maggie Chapman said stripping Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe of his role as a goodwill ambassador for the World Health Organisation after just 24-hrs is a victory for human rights.

She said controversial appointment – greeted with worldwide derision – had made her “blood boil” before she won the backing of Scottish Green Party members to condemn it at their Autumn conference on Saturday.

But today as it became clear that WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had rescinded the flawed appointment, she said it was “great news”.

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#SGPConf Demands, warnings and a rallying cry to do more … the rise and rise of the Scottish Greens

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THERE were no coughing fits, no signage malfunctions, no apparent nerves. And crucially perhaps, no sense of triumphalism.

But when Patrick Harvie, suited and booted,  took the podium at the Scottish Green Party conference in Edinburgh, the hundreds gathered and those who will see him on TV later could be left in no doubt.

This is a man, and a party, that means business.

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#SGPConf: Watch Scottish Greens co-convenor Patrick Harvie talk about how party is ‘Leading the change’

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SCOTTISH Greens co-convenor Patrick Harvie told their party conference that they were the movement leading the change in Scottish politics.

In an address at Edinburgh Napier University,he listed their achievements in seeing long standing campaigns being turned into reality.

He said they had a “real opportunity” to make a difference.

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#SGPConf Scottish Greens agree emergency motion backing MSP Mark Ruskell’s call to thwart ‘toxic Tory pen’ on fracking

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THE Scottish Green Party voted overwhelmingly today to back a motion calling on the Holyrood government to make fracking illegal in Scotland by enshrining it into law.

In an impassioned speech to the party faithful, Mark Ruskell MSP called on members to back a motion he is putting to the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday urging the SNP administration to outlaw the practice with legislation.

He said they were “so close” to making it happen.

Continue reading “#SGPConf Scottish Greens agree emergency motion backing MSP Mark Ruskell’s call to thwart ‘toxic Tory pen’ on fracking”

Anti-fracking rally place outside Scottish Parliament on Tuesday ahead of crucial vote by MSPs

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CAMPAIGNERS calling for an outright ban on fracking across Scotland are to stage a final rally outside the Scottish Parliament before MSPs take part in a crucial vote.

They will gather outside Holyrood in Edinburgh at 1pm on Tuesday to make last minute representations to politicians heading for the chamber.

The Scottish Government has already announced it is extending its moratorium on fracking indefinitely – but they are facing mounting pressure to pass legislation that would enshrine that protection into law.

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#SGPConf: Patrick Harvie says Scottish Greens are ‘leading the change’ to a fairer future

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THE Scottish Greens are ‘leading the change’ across the country, co-convenor Patrick Harvie will tell delegates at the party’s annual conference in Edinburgh today.

He will accuse other parties of ‘playing catch-up’ in proposing policies for a ‘fairer and greener country’.

It comes as the Scottish Green Party, who are heading close to a full-house at their event at Edinburgh Napier University, are buoyed by recent successes around their involvement in frack and smacking bans.

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Friends of the Earth Scotland push for a law banning fracking outright ahead of crucial vote next Tuesday

FRIENDS of the Earth Scotland are calling on people to back a new call for Scotland’s fracking ‘ban’ to be enshrined in law.

They are urging supporters and interested parties to contact their MSPs ahead of a final vote on Tuesday (October 24).

And they have set up a dedicated web-page to capture information from supporters, with more than 700 already signed up.

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Scotland needs environmental court say Scottish Greens as John Finnie steps up attack over government rejection

SCOTLAND must set up an environmental court if it is to have any real power to tackle related crime after Brexit, the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was told today.

Highlands and Islands MSP John Swinney said the country faced seeing legislation “torn apart” as a result of Brexit unless ministers act.

His intervention comes after calls for the court were rejected last week by the Scottish Government.

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Watch Scottish Green’s Mark Ruskell on why he thinks extended fracking moratorium in Scotland doesn’t go far enough and what more needs done

MARK Ruskell, the Scottish Green Party’s Energy and Environment spokesman, has warned more work is  needed to ensure a ban on fracking in Scotland can be made permanent While the Scottish Government has extended a moratorium on fracking operations in Scotland, other factors including Brexit, changes of government and legal challenges remain possibilities. He says the current proposal remains “legally shaky” and in this video … Continue reading Watch Scottish Green’s Mark Ruskell on why he thinks extended fracking moratorium in Scotland doesn’t go far enough and what more needs done

Scottish Green Party energy spokesman Mark Ruskell warns victory against fracking isn’t ‘watertight’ yet

THE Scottish Green Party has warned work still needs to be done to ensure Scotland is free from the spectre of fracking.

It welcomed the Scottish Government’s extension of the moratorium on its use across the country.

But it warned it stopped short of an outright ban and called for moves to make it “watertight” against a flurry of potential challenges.

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Green campaigners 60,000 thank yous as Scots politicians urged to ensure fracking ban cannot be scuppered by Westminster

SCOTLAND’S green campaigners celebrated today’s historic ban on fracking – but urged the Holyrood government to act quickly to ensure the decision cannot be scuppered by a Westminster led Brexit.

More than 60,000 people responded to the Scottish Government’s decision over fracking in Scotland – with 99% arguing against its use.

Environmental groups said it was now essential to ensure that voice is respected as plans are made to debate it further in Holyrood.

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