Yousaf: Voting Greens would be a ‘wasted vote’ despite Holyrood partnership

A vote for the Greens by Scots at the upcoming general election would be a “wasted vote”, Humza Yousaf has said.

While the SNP and the Scottish Greens are partners in the Scottish Government, both parties have now signalled they will not work together to combine votes ahead of the Westminster election later this year.

The SNP leader and Scottish First Minister told the National newspaper that votes for the Greens would split the pro-independence vote.

Mr Yousaf told the newspaper he has “a great amount of time” for the Scottish Greens, who entered the Scottish Government in 2021 under the Bute House Agreement.

He added: “If you want to advance the cause of independence, if you want a party that aligns with your values – whether that’s social justice or on the climate or wellbeing economy – then the SNP is the party that you need to be voting for.”

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said at the weekend his party would not seek an “electoral pact” with the SNP, despite the Holyrood agreement.

It followed the party’s spring conference announcement that it plans to stand more candidates in this election than ever before.

Scottish Green Party Spring Conference
Scottish Green Party’s Ross Greer criticised other parties on climate change (Jane Barlow/PA)

“So we don’t go in for electoral pacts of any kind.”

Meanwhile, responding to Mr Yousaf’s comments, Scottish Greens MSP Ross Greer said “all other parties” were “unwilling” take the required action on climate change.

He said: “People and planet don’t have time to waste on voting for parties who are unwilling to take bold climate action.

“Every vote for the Scottish Greens sends the strongest possible message to Westminster, that Scotland demands urgent action on the climate and nature emergencies.

“The world is burning around us and sadly all other parties have proven unwilling to step up when needed to protect our common future. Only the Scottish Greens recognise that capitalism is the problem and that half-measures simply won’t do in the face of the greatest threat we all face.

“Every vote for the Scottish Greens is a vote to put people and planet ahead of corporate profits and the greed of the super-rich. We are proud to give more voters than ever the chance to send shockwaves through Westminster by voting Scottish Greens this year.”

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