The co-leader of the Scottish Greens has admitted she was “surprised” when Nicola Sturgeon approached her party to work together in government. Lorna Slater stressed that any arrangement would “not be a coalition” after it emerged that formal talks would take place for a “co-operation agreement” between the SNP and the Greens. The deal has put some in the business community on edge because of the stance taken by Slater and Patrick Harvie, her fellow co-leader, particularly after the first minister said it would lead to Green MSPs becoming ministers. “I wouldn’t use that word [coalition] at all,” Slater told BBC Scotland’s The Sunday Show. “Green parties around the world have different co-operation arrangements with governments and it doesn’t at all mean a coalition. It could just be co-operation in specific areas; for example tackling the climate crisis while still being in opposition in other areas. We just don’t know what kind of model will work for Scotland yet. All we’ve done is say we will look at the models available.”
Times 31st May 2021 read more »
LORNA Slater has said an SNP-Greens co-operation agreement is “worth the risk” for both parties. The Scottish Greens co-leader made the comments during an appearance on BBC Scotland’s Sunday show, where she was grilled by presenter Martin Geissler.
The National 30th May 2021 read more »
Nicola Sturgeon has been urged to ditch talks on a Green government “coalition” over fears for North Sea jobs. Conservatives across the North East region sounded the alarm in a letter to the First Minister despite oil and gas industry leaders saying they look forward to working “co-operatively” with Green MSPs. We can reveal the move days after Ms Sturgeon announced talks are under way on a potential deal which could see Green politicians take ministerial posts in the SNP-run government.
Energy Voice 29th May 2021 read more »