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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: Nov 22, 2014

    Speech from leader of the Scottish Liberal Democats Willie Rennie MSP to Scottish Liberal Democrat conference in Dunfermline:

    Thank you to everyone who sent kind wishes following my period of absence from the political stage. I was undergoing an operation to replace a mangled disc in my neck.

    It was an emergency, not for any medical reasons, but because our campaign director Adam Stachura said it was hindering my canvassing technique.

  • Article: Nov 22, 2014

    Speech from Alistair Carmichael MP, Secretary of State for Scotland, to Scottish Liberal Democrat Autumn conference in Dunfermline:

    Good morning, conference.

    I want to start this morning by doing something that we should probably do more often.

    I want to say thank you.

    I want to thank you for all the doors you knocked, leaflets you delivered, the street stalls you staffed, the telephone calls you made, the posters you put and put up again when they were taken down, and again...

  • Article: Nov 21, 2014

    We are please to announce the election results for the Party Committee Elections 2014. The elected candidates (subject to any appeals) are as follows:

    Federal Executive

    Dawn Barnes
    Ramesh Dewan
    Josh Dixon
    Sue Doughty
    Neil Fawcett
    Jonathan Fryer
    James Gurling
    Evan Harris
    Keith House
    Kavya Kaushik
    Caron Lindsay
    Gordon Lishman
  • Article: Nov 21, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has laid down the gauntlet to new First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to demonstrate that she will walk liberal following Kenny MacAskill being ousted from the role of Justice Secretary in today's Scottish Government reshuffle.

    The outgoing justice secretary was responsible for a host of controversial laws, closures and cuts to Scotland's justice system.

  • Article: Nov 21, 2014

    Liberal Democrats have scooped two Green Ribbon Political Awards recognising their outstanding environmental achievements.

    At Tuesday's awards ceremony Baroness Parminter was named Parliamentarian of the Year (House of Lords), recogniding the work she has done in consistently challenging for the environment both inside and outside the House.

  • Article: Nov 21, 2014

    Liberal Democrat International Development Minister Baroness Northover will today announce that Britain has joined global action and pledged £31m to help prevent millions of people dying from illnesses linked to cooking over coal, wood, dung or biomass stoves.

    Figures from the World Health Organisation show that every year year 4.3m people die from illnesses caused by exposure to household air pollution.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey has today (20 November) announced that the UK government will invest up to £720m in the Green Climate fund to help poorer countries adapt to climate change and go low-carbon.

    The UK joins other major economies including Japan, Germany, America and France in pledging financial support to help developing countries adapt to the adverse effects of climate change and to limit or reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has confirmed he will be taking part in Bite The Ballot's Leaders' Live debate next month.

    Nick said:

    "Leaders Live is a fantastic initiative from Bite the Ballot to get young people involved in the political debate. This project will take the leaders of the main political parties to where young people are already active - through exciting new ways of communicating."

  • Article: Nov 19, 2014

    Jim Hume, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for South Scotland, has today secured praise from Health Secretary Alex Neil for the work of the Borders Deaf and Hard of Hearing Network.

    The MSP raised the work of Jean Proudfoot and her team during Question Time today (Wednesday 19th).

    Mr Hume said:

    "What Jean Proudfoot and her team are doing on behalf of deaf and hard of hearing patients across the Borders is fantastic stuff.

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    Article: Nov 19, 2014

    The pay gap between men and women has fallen to a record low, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

    In April, the difference in pay between men and women stood at 9.4 per cent, compared with 10 per cent the previous year.

    When records began in 1997, the pay gap was 17.4 per cent, the ONS said.