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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    As we enter the General Election campaign this weekend, Liberal Democrats are poised to knock on the one millionth door since the start of the year.

    Across the country our activists have ventured out in all weathers and have so far knocked on 960,000 doors since January 1.

    With the campaign stepping up another gears, we are expecting another 40,000 doors to be opened this weekend.

    Article / Mar 28, 2015
  • Scottish Liberal Democrats have blasted the astonishing arrogance of plans by former SNP leader Alex Salmond to embark on a US leg of his book signing tour during his campaign to stand for the Lib Dem held seat of Gordon.

    It was revealed today the Mr Salmond had been expected to visit New York and Toronto during the week of April 6, snubbing local election hustings taking place in the constituency. The tour has now been cancelled following criticism by opposition candidates.

    Commenting on the news, outgoing Scottish Liberal Democrat MP for Gordon Sir Malcolm Bruce said:

    "It's astonishing arrogance that Mr Salmond could even contemplate an international book signing tour during an election for a seat he has yet to win.
    Cancelling it now shows he has suddenly realised he has a fight on his hands as support builds all across Gordon for the increasingly popular Christine Jardine."

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Gordon candidate Christine Jardine said:

    "The people of Gordon voted no by almost two to one. We have been let down by the SNP, who have taken their eye off the ball on health, education, transport and local funding, whilst they focus on their independence campaign. Now the SNP threaten to wreck the economic recovery across the UK with their plans to borrow even more than Labour.

    "We need an MP whose priority is the people of Gordon - not self promotion. Only Liberal Democrats are committed to transferring more powers from Westminster to Scotland, properly funding the NHS and balancing the books to secure the recovery."

    Article / Mar 28, 2015
  • Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb has commented on Labour's pledge to cap private profits in the NHS, saying that a simplistic policy could cause "chaos" for local hospitals.

    Labour today announced it would limit the profits of private firms in the NHS by a negotiable amount, but only Liberal Democrats have a credible plan to safeguard the NHS for the future.

    Article / Mar 27, 2015
  • Scottish Liberal Democrat Edinburgh West MP Mike Crockart has said that Liberal Democrats are the only party committed to strengthening human rights protections at home and abroad.

    It comes after the Scottish Human Rights Commission said the undercurrent of debate about changing human rights laws was "regressive in nature".

    Article / Mar 27, 2015
  • Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable today reached an agreement with the Trades Union Congress to begin work towards enabling trades unions to ballot their members electronically.

    A small expert task force will be established to consider how best to implement e-balloting in keeping with current legislation.

    Article / Mar 26, 2015
  • The UK's greenhouse gas emissions dropped by 8.4 per cent in 2014, thanks in part to the increasing use of renewable energy sources.

    Wind, solar, bioenergy and hydropower technologies generated 19 per cent of the UK's electricity last year, a record high for the use of clean energy.

    This shift away from burning coal contributed to a 15 per cent reduction in the emissions produced by the power sector.

    Article / Mar 26, 2015
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    New research published by the Government Equalities Office reveals that the ages of seven and eight are critical in keeping girls motivated to play sport.

    Beyond this age, girls become more self-conscious, some lose confidence and many stop taking part in sport.

    The study by Women in Sport and the Youth Sport Trust follows research from the Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation which showed that in Year 4 in school, activity levels are similar for boys and girls but by Year 6, girls are doing significantly less and the gap grows in the years that follow.

    Article / Mar 26, 2015
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    Liberal Democrat manifesto plans for the NHS and the education system have been recognised by experts in these areas.

    Under our manifesto plans, we will invest £8bn a year in the NHS in real terms by 2020.

    We are the only party to set out an NHS plan that meets that meet the financial needs of the NHS as set out by the Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens in his Five Year Forward View.

    Article / Mar 26, 2015
  • Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs spokesperson Tim Farron has joined with Home Office Minister Lynne Featherstone and International Development Minister Baroness Northover to announce a manifesto commitment to promote LGBT+ rights across the globe.

    Our manifesto plans include a commitment to promote international recognition of same sex marriages and civil partnerships, as part of a comprehensive international LGBT rights strategy that promotes the cause of decriminalising homosexuality in other countries.

    Article / Mar 26, 2015
  • A new poster unveiled by the Liberal Democrats shows that a Labour or Conservative government would lurch economic policy dangerously to the left or the right.

    The poster highlights the crossroads facing the British public at the General Election and points to the dangers of leaving Ed Balls or George Osborne in charge of the nation's finances.

    Article / Mar 26, 2015