Scottish Greens

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The Scottish Greens (also known as the Scottish Green Party; Scottish Gaelic: Pàrtaidh Uaine na h-Alba [ˈpʰaːrˠʃtʲi ˈuəɲə nə ˈhal̪ˠapə]; Scots: Scots Green Pairtie) are a green[3] political party in Scotland. The party has seven MSPs in the Scottish Parliament as of May 2021. As of the 2017 local elections, the party sits on six of the 32 Scottish local councils, with a total of 19 councillors. They hold two ministerial posts in the third Sturgeon government following a power-sharing agreement with the SNP in August 2021, marking the first time Green party politicians will be in government in the UK.

Scottish Green Party
Pàrtaidh Uaine na h-Alba  (Scottish Gaelic)
Scots Green Pairtie  (Scots)
Co-LeadersPatrick Harvie
Lorna Slater
Founded1990 (1990)
Headquarters17b Graham Street
Edinburgh
EH6 5QN
Youth wingScottish Young Greens
LGBTQ+ wingRainbow Greens[1]
Membership (2021)Increase7,500[2]
Ideology
Political positionCentre-left[9] to left-wing[10]
European affiliationEuropean Green Party
International affiliationGlobal Greens
UK Parliament affiliationNone,
Cooperate with (but are independent from) the Green Party of England and Wales and Green Party Northern Ireland
Colours  Green
Slogan"Vote Like Our Future Depends On It" (2021)
Scottish seats in the House of Commons
0 / 59
Scottish Parliament
7 / 129
Local government in Scotland[11]
20 / 1,227
Party flag
Scottish Greens flag.svg
Website
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The Scottish Greens were created in 1990 when the former Green Party split into separate, independent parties, for Scotland, Northern Ireland, and England and Wales. The party is affiliated to the Global Greens and the European Green Party.

Party membership increased dramatically following the Scottish independence referendum,[12] during which it supported Scotland's independence from the United Kingdom.[13]

OrganisationEdit

The Scottish Greens are fully independent, but work closely with the other green parties of the United Kingdom and Ireland: the Green Party of England and Wales, the Green Party Northern Ireland and the Green Party of Ireland. It is a full member of the European Green Party. The party currently has seven MSPs and nineteen councillors. At the 2005 Westminster election, the party contested 19 seats and polled 25,760 votes, they returned no MPs. Its highest share of the vote was 7.7% of the vote in Glasgow North. In the European Parliament election of 2004, it polled 6.8% of the vote and did not return any MEPs. The party lost five of their seven seats in the 2007 Scottish Parliament election.

According to accounts filed with the Electoral Commission for the year ending 31 December 2009, the party had an income of about £90,230 that year, an expenditure of £61,165 and a membership of 1,072.[14]

MembershipEdit

Within days of the Scottish independence referendum being held, the membership swelled to more than 5,000.[15] Launching its manifesto for the 2015 UK general election, the Scottish Green Party stated a membership of over 8,500.[16] By October 2015 the party were holding their biggest ever conference, with their membership standing at more than 9,000.[17]

ConferencesEdit

The Scottish Greens hold conferences every Spring and Autumn, where members from throughout Scotland attend to deal with all the business of the party, with delegates voting on conference motions and policy motions.

Party CouncilEdit

Between conferences, the Party Council provides the forum for strategic decisions, policy discussions, oversight and branch coordination. The council is composed of two delegates from branches, usually branch co-convenors, representative and special interest groups. The council is currently led by Council Co-Convenors, Mags Hall and James Puchowski.

Party Executive CommitteeEdit

The party's day-to-day administration is supervised by the Executive Committee which is currently led by Executive Co-Chairs Ross Greer and Rachel Shanks. This committee also oversees the work of the elected National Committees; Finance & Fundraising, Elections & Campaigns, Policy, Membership and International.

BranchesEdit

The party is made up of branches, who usually cover one or more local authority areas, and meet on a regular basis.

GroupsEdit

The Scottish Greens have five self-organised groups:

  • Scottish Young Greens
  • Women's Network
  • Rainbow Greens
  • Disabled Greens
  • Scottish Green Party Trade Union Group

These groups have additional meetings and discussions which are separate from the main party meetings.

HistoryEdit

The Scottish Green Party originated as the Scottish branch of the Ecology Party, founded in 1978 by Leslie Spoor.[18] The Ecology Party became the UK Green Party and it remained a constituent party until 1990, when the Scottish Green Party became a separate entity. The separation was entirely amicable, as part of the green commitment to decentralisation: the Scottish Green Party supported the referendum on Scottish independence[19] and opposed Britain's entry into the European Common Market in its 1989 European election manifesto, claiming that the Common Market would cause mass unemployment for Scottish workers, force Scotland to move towards a tourist-based economy, enable the destruction of local food markets and cause catastrophic environmental damage – for this reason, the party campaigned for a Europe-wide confederation of individuals on global issues affecting the environment.[20]

The Scottish Green Party has its most prominent presence in the Scottish Parliament, which is elected using the additional member system of proportional representation. In the first election to this Parliament, in 1999, the Scottish Green Party got one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) elected by proportional representation, Robin Harper, the UK's first elected Green parliamentarian (George MacLeod had previously represented the UK Green Party in the House of Lords). On 1 May 2003 the Scottish Greens added six new MSPs to their previous total.

In the 2007 elections, the Party lost five seats in Holyrood. However, in the council elections, taking place under the new Single Transferable Vote voting system, they gained three Councillors on the City of Edinburgh Council and five Councillors on Glasgow City Council. On 11 May, the Greens signed an agreement[21][22] with the Scottish National Party (SNP), which meant that the Greens voted for Alex Salmond as First Minister and supported his initial Ministerial appointments. In return, the Nationalists backed a climate change bill as an early measure and promised to legislate against ship-to-ship oil transfers in the Firth of Forth. The SNP also agreed to nominate Patrick Harvie, one of the Green MSPs, to convene one of the Holyrood committees: Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change.

On 28 January 2009, the two Green MSPs were instrumental in the defeat of the Government's budget,[23] though a slightly amended version was passed easily the following week. On 31 May, Cllr Martin Ford, formerly a Liberal Democrat, joined the Scottish Green Party in protest against the plans by Donald Trump to develop on an important environmental site at Menie.[24] On 13 October 2009, he was joined by fellow former Liberal Democrat Cllr Debra Storr.[25] Both Councillors continued to serve on Aberdeenshire Council as members of the Democratic Independent group.[26] At the 2012 Scottish local elections Councillor Debra Storr stood down to concentrate on her professional career.[27] Councillor Martin Ford was re-elected, this time standing as a Scottish Green Party candidate.

After the Scottish Government announced the referendum on Scottish independence, a campaign group called Yes Scotland was established to promote a vote for independence. Leading members of the Scottish Green Party actively supported and became involved with the campaign from its foundation, with Patrick Harvie among the members of Yes Scotland's Advisory Board.[28] In November 2013, Edinburgh councillor Maggie Chapman succeeded Martha Wardrop as the party's female co-convenor.[29] In December, former convenor Robin Harper said that he would "absolutely vote No" in the independence referendum and offered his backing to the Better Together campaign, putting himself at odds with official party policy and its present leadership. Going on to say that he would like to help the Better Together and that there was a "significant minority" of Greens who were opposed to independence.[30] Uniquely amongst the parties in the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Green Party is open about and comfortable with the differences of opinion in the party on the constitutional issue, with co-convenor Patrick Harvie pointing out that "even the very firm supporters of independence within the Greens tend to be more strongly motivated by other aspects of our political agenda..."[31]

In February 2005 the party announced plans to field candidates in 19 seats in the 2005 Westminster elections.[32] In February 2015, the party announced that it would field candidates in 32 seats for the 2015 United Kingdom general election with 40% of their candidates being women.[33] In 2017 the party generated some controversy by standing only 3 candidates at the general election.[34] In the 2019 general election they contested significantly more seats in 22 constituencies. They failed to win any seats and lost their deposit in every contest.

In summer 2019, a newly adopted constitution by the party led to the 2019 Scottish Green Party co-leadership election, where Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater were elected as co-leaders with 43.1% and 30.2% respectively.

In the 2021 Scottish Parliament election the party won a record eight Holyrood seats.[35] Alison Johnstone was one of the eight MSPs elected for the Scottish Greens in the election, however on 13 May 2021 she gave up her party affiliation in order to become Holyrood's Presiding Officer as the position is a politically neutral role.[36] Thus the party's number of elected representatives in the Scottish Parliament was reduced from 8 MSPs to 7.

On 20 August 2021, following two months of negotiations, they announced a new power-sharing agreement with the SNP.[37][38] While not an official coalition, it would be the first time in both Scottish and UK history that Green politicians would be in government.[39][40] The Greens are expected to hold two ministerial posts.[41] The agreement will see both parties pledge for a second referendum on Scottish independence, an increase investment in active travel and public transport, enhancing tenants rights, a ten-year £500m Just Transition and establishing a National Care Service.[42][43] The deal is subject to Scottish Green Party members approving the deal as "its constitution requires a power-sharing deal at Holyrood to be put to a full vote of the membership, and a two-thirds majority vote by its ruling council".[2] On 28 August 2021, it was announced that Scottish Green members had backed the deal, with 83% of members who took part in an extraordinary general meeting voting in favour of the deal with some proxy votes still to be counted. The deal then passed the required two-thirds majority of the party's National Council, meaning the deal was then formally ratified.[44]

PolicyEdit

While associated mainly with environmentalist policies, the party has a history of support for communitarian economic policies, including well-funded, locally controlled public services within the confines of a steady-state economy, is supportive of proportional representation and takes a progressive approach to social policies. The party is also strongly opposed to both nuclear power and the Trident nuclear programme.[45][46][47] It is the only party other than the SNP to both support Scottish independence and have representation in the Scottish Parliament. However, unlike the position taken by the SNP in the 2014 independence referendum, the Scottish Green Party supports Scotland having its own currency if it were to become an independent country. The party has said this would be in order to establish full economic independence, rather than being tied to the pound sterling.[48][49][50]

The party's 2019 manifesto included pledges to implement a green new deal to tackle climate change and for future investment, introduce a universal basic income, phase in a four-day week, support rent controls and treat drug use as a health issue rather than a crime.[51]

According to the party's website, the Scottish Greens are committed to forming a sustainable society and are guided by four interconnected principles:

  • Ecology: "Our environment is the basis upon which every society is formed. Whenever we damage our environment, we damage ourselves. Respect for our environment is therefore essential".
  • Equality: "A society that is not socially and economically just cannot be sustainable. Only when released from immediate poverty can individuals be expected to take responsibility for wider issues. Our society must be founded on cooperation and respect. We campaign hard against discrimination on grounds of gender, race, sexuality, disability, age or religion".
  • Radical democracy: "Politics is too often conducted in a polarised, confrontational atmosphere and in a situation remote from those that it affects. We must develop decentralised, participative systems that encourage individuals to control the decisions that affect their own lives".
  • Peace and nonviolence: "Violence at all levels of human interaction must be rejected and succeeded by relations characterised by flexibility, respect and fairness".

The party claims that, taken together, these principles give the party a holistic view that is in common with all Green parties around the world.[52]

TransportEdit

The Greens have criticised the Scottish National Party over its plans to dual the A9 and the A96, suggesting that the plans are incompatible with climate commitments.[53]

In January 2021, the Greens published transport proposals that would see a tunnel across the Forth constructed between Leith and Kirkcaldy, in the hope of shortening journey times while adding capacity by bypassing the Forth Bridge. Other upgrades included in the proposals were an aim to connect every town with more than 5,000 people to the railway network and to completely electrify the Scottish network by 2030.[54]

LeadersEdit

Leaders of the Scottish Green PartyEdit

NO. Portrait Name Term start Term end
As Convenors
1   Robin Harper

MSP for Lothians (1999–2011)

1990 2002
2   Eleanor Scott

MSP for the Highlands and Islands (2003–2007)

2002 2004
Male Co-convenors Female Co-convenors Term start Term end
NO. Portrait Name NO. Portrait Name
2   Robin Harper

MSP for Lothian (1999–2011)

1   Shiona Baird

MSP for North East Scotland (2003–2007)

2004 2007
2   Alison Johnstone

Councillor for Meadows/Morningside (2007–2012)

2007 22 September 2008
3   Patrick Harvie

MSP for Glasgow (2003–present)

3   Eleanor Scott

MSP for the Highlands and Islands (2003–2007)

22 September 2008 2011
4   Martha Wardrop

Councillor for Hillhead (2007–2017)

2011 November 2013
5   Maggie Chapman

Councillor for Leith Walk (2007–2015)

November 2013 1 August 2019
Male Co-leaders Female Co-leaders Term start Term end
NO. Portrait Name NO. Portrait Name
(3)   Patrick Harvie

MSP for Glasgow (2003–present)

Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants’ Rights (2021–present)

(2)   Alison Johnstone

(Co-Leader within the Scottish Parliament)

MSP for Lothian (2011–present)

1 August 2019 5 May 2021
6   Lorna Slater

MSP for Lothian (2021–present)

Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity (2021–present)

1 August 2019 Incumbent

MSPsEdit

All of the Scottish Green Party's Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) have been elected under the list or "top-up" system of representation in the Parliament.[55]

Current MSPsEdit

Previous MSPsEdit

CouncillorsEdit

Prior to the 2007 elections, the Party had only ever elected one councillor at local level: in May 1990, Roger (aka Rory) Winter, representing the Highland Green Party (Uainich na Gàidhealtachd), was elected in Nairn as Scotland's first Green regional councillor to the then Highland Regional Council. Cllr Winter broke away from the Greens in 1991 and continued his four-year term as an Independent Green Highlander.

The party made its first major breakthroughs at council level in the 2007 local elections, electing 8 councillors between Glasgow City and the City of Edinburgh Councils.

In the 2012 local elections this was increased to 14. The party elected councillors for the first time to Aberdeenshire, Stirling & Midlothian Councils.

At the 2017 local elections, the party returned a record 19 councillors, including elected councillors to Orkney Islands Council for the first time. However, the party lost its sole councillor on Midlothian Council.

Electoral performanceEdit

House of CommonsEdit

Election Scotland +/–
% Seats
1997 0.1
0 / 72
 
2001 0.2
0 / 72
 
2005 1.1
0 / 59
 
2010 0.7
0 / 59
 
2015 1.3
0 / 59
 
2017 0.2
0 / 59
 
2019 1.0
0 / 59
 

Scottish ParliamentEdit

Election Constituency Regional Total seats +/– Rank Government
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
1999 84,023 3.6
1 / 56
1 / 129
5th Opposition
2003 132,138 6.9
7 / 56
7 / 129
  6 5th Opposition
2007 2,971 0.1
0 / 73
82,584 4.0
2 / 56
2 / 129
  5 5th Opposition
2011 87,060 4.4
2 / 56
2 / 129
  5th Opposition
2016 13,172 0.6
0 / 73
150,426 6.6
6 / 56
6 / 129
  4 4th Opposition
2021 34,990 1.3
0 / 73
220,324 8.1
8 / 56
8 / 129
  2 4th Cooperation agreement

Local councilsEdit

Election 1st pref
votes
% Councillors +/–
2007 45,290 2.1
8 / 1,222
  8
2012 36,000 2.3
14 / 1,223
  6
2017 77,682 4.1
19 / 1,227
  5

European ParliamentEdit

Election Scotland +/–
Votes % Seats
1994 23,304 1.6
0 / 8
1999 57,142 5.8
0 / 8
 
2004 79,695 6.8
0 / 7
 
2009 80,442 7.3
0 / 6
 
2014 108,305 8.1
0 / 6
 
2019 129,603 8.2
0 / 6
 

See alsoEdit

Related organisationsEdit

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