Katy Clark MSP calls for NAC to run Peel Ports

Labour MSP Katy Clark says the Scottish Government must allow North Ayrshire Council to take ownership of Peel Ports. Clark has lodged a Holyrood motion calling on ministers to intervene to grant the local authority powers to run the service. The West of Scotland MSP said: “Ministers should allow North Ayrshire Council to take over …

Katy Clark MSP investigates collapse of Pentland ferries contract

LABOUR MSP Katy Clark has called for an explanation as to what happened to concerns raised about safety and on ministers to urgently intervene following the collapse of a contract between CalMac and Pentland ferries to lease a vessel for West Coast routes. Clark said the Scottish Government must set out an immediate ferry plan …

Improving Arran’s Electric Vehicle Charging Capacity

A report by Kenneth Gibson, MSP Electric vehicles have become a cornerstone of the strategy to move to net-zero carbon emissions, both in Scotland and globally. In December 2020, Scottish Ministers announced that the sale of all new petrol and diesel cars and vans will be banned from 2030, two years earlier than previously planned. …

It is Election Time…Time to VOTE!

By Sally Campbell Featured image shows the author’s mother Doris aged 8, her sister Beryl aged 4 and Grandmother Gertrude Offer, in 1920 When I was eight and walking from the shops with my grandmother, she told me I must always vote. It must have been around the time of the 1950 general election. She …

After the Pandemic, We Can’t Go Back to Sleep

In an essay written shortly before his untimely death last year, anthropologist and activist David Graeber argued that post-pandemic, we can’t slip back into a reality where the way our society is organized – serving a handful of rich people while debasing the vast majority — is seen as sensible or reasonable. With the upcoming …

Green Jobs in Scotland

By Francis Stewart, published in Bella Caledonia 23rd April 2021 Our strategy to tackle climate change could line the pockets of the rich or it could benefit the majority. It’s all about political choices – including the choice about Scotland’s constitutional future. Last week it was announced that 290 renewable energy jobs will be created …

The need for responsible dog breeding

A report by Kenneth Gibson MSP Demand for puppies and dogs has risen greatly over the past year, as people and families have taken advantage of more time at home. This high demand for pets during lockdown saw prices rise and more illegal breeders selling unhealthy pups bred in appalling conditions. In the first three …

We must recognise the Human Right to a Healthy Environment

A report by Kenneth Gibson, MSP for Cunninghame North On 17 March I spoke in a Scottish Parliament debate on the human right to a healthy environment. I wholeheartedly supported my SNP colleague, Ruth Maguire, MSP for Cunninghame South’s, motion, that we incorporate our environment into Scotland’s human rights framework. The idea of human rights …

COAST calls for vision on marine protection

Writing in their recent newsletter, COAST call for the political parties to make stronger commitments to protecting our marine ecosystems: In the lead up to the elections in May we are asking parties to set out their vision for Scotland’s seas. Alarmingly, our seas have continued to decline over the last decade. As we enter …

OurSeas Marine Hustings 2021

The OurSeas Marine Hustings 2021 Thursday 8th April 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm In the lead up to the Scottish Elections the OurSeas coalition is hosting Marine Hustings to hear parties’ approaches to Marine Conservation. The OurSeas coalition comprises over 100 organisations campaigning for better protection of the marine environment, including COAST and Eco Savvy …