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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.


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    Article: May 4, 2015

    Liberal Democrats have outlined the six red lines that must be agreed to as part of any coalition negotiations in the next government.

    The red lines cover education, the economy, tax, health, public sector pay and the environment:

    1. Protecting education funding

    Liberal Democrats want to protect per pupil funding from nursery to 19, in real terms, by the end of the parliament.

  • Article: May 4, 2015

    The Tory claim to need only 23 seats in order to win is a con.

    No party will get an overall majority, and despite desperate claims by the Conservatives, they will not win an outright victory.

    They know they need 323 seats to win a majority-not 23-and are trying to con their way into government.

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    Ashcroft polls show the Conservatives on track to lose at least 56 seats to Labour, the SNP, UKIP and the Liberal Democrats, making it clear that their claim to need only 23 more seats is mathematical nonsense.

  • Article: May 4, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats will use £2.5 million from a fine imposed on a bank for rigging the Libor rate to investment in regional air ambulance services.

    This money could be used to buy an additional helicopter, provide 24/7 emergency, or upgrade helipads at hospitals - although it is up to local groups how they spend the cash.

  • Article: May 4, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats will use £50 million from a fine imposed on a bank for rigging the Libor rate to investment in regional air ambulance services.

    This money could be used to buy an additional helicopter, provide 24/7 emergency, or upgrade helipads at hospitals - although it is up to local groups how they spend the cash.

  • Article: May 4, 2015

    Liberal Democrats will use the £227m fine imposed on Deutsche Bank for rigging the Libor rate to fund investment in lifesaving health equipment.

    The party will use the money to upgrade and replace high value NHS machines, including CT scanners and MRI scanners, to help diagnose and treat patients faster.

  • Article: May 3, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has warned that the SNP's plans are a recipe for instability and division as he set out the choice facing voters on a visit to Edinburgh today.

    Speaking ahead of the final Scottish TV Leaders Debate before polling day, Mr Rennie was joined at Mike Crockart's Edinburgh West Liberal Democrat office by former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell as they highlighted the risks of the SNP's dangerous borrowing plans using a cheque setting out the £3.1bn debt repayments their economic policy would require.

    Mr Rennie said:

    "The SNP's offer to voters is a recipe for instability and division.

    "With days until the polls, voters have a choice between a government anchored in the centre ground with the Liberal Democrats or a government of instability with the SNP who would leave Scotland and the UK facing massive debt repayments and open the door to a second referendum.

    "The SNP's reckless borrowing plans would result in us paying £3.1bn each year to rich bankers, heaping debt onto future generations.

    "Nicola Sturgeon's continued refusal to rule out a second referendum threatens a return to the divisions in communities, the economic uncertainty and the Scottish government taking its eye off the ball that we experienced only eight months ago.

    "In each of our eleven held Liberal Democrat seats, voters have a choice between stability, unity and decency in government with the Liberal Democrats or instability and division with the SNP.

    "Only the Liberal Democrats have a responsible, decent plan to balance the books by 2018 and deliver an £800million boost to the Scottish NHS. Our positive plans will build a stronger economy and a fairer society, creating opportunity for all."

  • Article: May 3, 2015

    Former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy today told Nicola Sturgeon that the uncertainty which exists over a second referendum must come to an end as he joined Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander in Inverness.

    Speaking before returning to the campaign trail in Ross-shire and Lochaber, Mr Kennedy said:

  • Article: May 3, 2015

    Whilst at a campaign rally in Southwark today Nick Clegg passionately described how only a vote for the Liberal Democrats will safeguard values of stability, decency and unity.

    Amid cheers and shouts from a crowd of energetic campaigners Nick Clegg emphasised how Britain is an open-minded, open-hearted and generous country. He urged the British people to find a sense of renewed optimism and cited how the Liberal Democrats manifesto symbolises hope.

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    Article: May 3, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg has announced a final red line that the Liberal Democrats would demand in any coalition negotiations.

    Nick has set out how the Liberal Democrats will make pay increases for public sector workers a priority in any coalition talks.

    After five years of pay restraint, teachers, nurses, police officers and all those who work in the public sector should no longer face pay cuts and will be offered light at the end of the tunnel.

  • Article: May 2, 2015

    Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg has announced that the Liberal Democrats aim to see youth unemployment cut to its lowest levels since records began.

    The Liberal Democrats have outlined a plan which focuses on getting an extra 100,000 young adults into work through on the job training such as an apprenticeship or full-time education.