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Willie Rennie MSP Leader of the Scottish Liberal DemocratsThe Liberal Democrats are working to build a stronger economy in a fairer society, enabling everyone to get on in life.

That's why in Government we have given 24 million people a £700 tax cut, created 1 million jobs and helped 1.5 million apprentices.

We are the only party that can anchor Britain in the centre ground, ensuring we have sustainable growth and equality of opportunity.

Labour can't be trusted with the economy, in government they would drag Britain to the left, borrowing too much, spending too much and risking the recovery.

And the Conservatives can't be trusted to treat people fairly. If Liberal Democrats weren't in Government, the Tories would focus attention on the best-off, let employers fire staff without cause and allow schools to be run for profit.

Only the Liberal Democrats can be trusted to build a stronger economy in a fairer society, enabling every person to get on in life.

Recent updates

  • Article: Mar 5, 2015

    New Liberal Democrat party president Sal Brinton talks to Charlotte Kelloway about her plans for the party, her commitment to diversity in politics and the coming General Election.

    From a young age, it was clear the new Liberal Democrat party president, Sal Brinton, was destined for a career in politics. Inspired by her cousin, Mary Stocks - a suffragist and one of the first Labour women life peers - a young Sal realised that, with a hefty dose of determination, she could do whatever she wanted in life. "I learned early on that it was fine to debate different views," she smiles.

  • Article: Mar 5, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP has demanded that Police Scotland be more upfront with Parliament and the SPA after it was revealed armed officers have attended 1644 routine incidents in the past five months.

    The figures were disclosed by senior officers following repeated questioning by Alison McInnes during the Justice Sub-Committee on Policing evidence session on armed police today. Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins said these proactive routine interactions with the public included responding to driving offences and assisting in the search for missing people.

    On 1 October 2014 in response to public concern, Police Scotland announced that "the Chief Constable has directed that firearms officers attached to Armed Response Vehicles will now only be deployed to firearms incidents or where there is a threat to life".

    Responding to the admission, Ms McInnes said:

    "Once again the whole truth had to be coaxed out of senior officers. Only my repeated questioning caused them to reveal armed officers have intervened in non-firearms incidents and situations where there is no threat to life on 1644 occasions since 1 October 2014.

    "Despite the fact this has been one of its most controversial policies, Police Scotland has again chosen not to be wholly upfront with either Parliament or the SPA to which they are accountable. Senior officers seem to operate on a need-to-know basis which is limited to their own ranks.

    "It is surprising the SPA didn't see fit to monitor the attendance of armed officers to routine incidents and the police didn't see fit to tell them.

    "Police Scotland must provide clarity on what routine incidents armed officers have attended in recent months. Senior officers must also commit to being transparent and open about these figures and commit to providing watchdogs with regular updates."

  • Article: Mar 5, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has issued a direct challenge to the Labour Party leader Ed Miliband to a live televised debate.

  • Article: Mar 5, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said that he is prepared to take David Cameron's place in a head-to-head TV debate with Ed Miliband if the Prime Minister refuses to take up his chair.

    Speaking on his weekly radio show on LBC, Call Clegg, Nick said he will assume the role of the only person willing to defend this government's record.

  • Article: Mar 4, 2015

    Liberal Democrats have launched their latest PPB, which outlines how we can work together to build a stronger economy and a fairer society for everyone.

    In the broadcast, Nick says:

    "We want to talk to you about what we can do for you, and for your family, in your street, in your community.

    "So that together we can build a stronger economy and a fairer society, where everybody has the opportunity to get on in life.

  • Article: Mar 4, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Communities Minister Stephen Williams is urging people to safeguard their local pubs by listing them as a community asset.

    As part of the recently expanded Community Rights, people can nominate buildings or blocks of land as 'assets of community value', giving communities a greater say in how their areas develop.

  • Article: Mar 4, 2015

    Speech from Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP in Scottish Liberal Democrat debate on Privacy and the State.

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    Liberal Democrats are proud to once again stand up against the erosion of civil liberties and unnecessary state intrusion. Proud to seek a fairer balance between the individual and government at every level.

  • Article: Mar 4, 2015

    Speech from Willie Rennie MSP, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, at the Scottish Parliament on privacy and the state.

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    Liberals in all political parties and none have a healthy suspicion of governments' voracious appetite for information on us - and on every individual. Information is a powerful tool and used in the right way can help us but if misused can be intrusive and sometimes even dangerous.
  • Article: Mar 4, 2015

    Nick Clegg has today confirmed the Liberal Democrat manifesto will contain the most far-reaching drug reform policies ever put forward by a major political party ahead of an election.

    He made the announcement at an event at Chatham House alongside entrepreneur Richard Branson, a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy.

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    Article: Mar 4, 2015

    Liberal Democrats have announced plans to tackle industrial fly tipping and protect the environment for future generations.

    As part of our plans to introduce Five Green Laws in the next Parliament, Liberal Democrats have unveiled proposals for a Zero Waste Bill.

    The Bill is intended to boost the number of organisations prosecuted for illegal dumping while also introducing a higher, more consistent level of fines for fly-tippers who damage Britain's environment.