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

  • Labour's plan to cap maximum tuition fees to £6,000 is deeply regressive. Under their plans only the wealthiest graduates would benefit.

    Only graduates with a starting salary of at least £35,000 would pay less. A salary only paid for by a handful of big City firms.

    This compares to an average graduate starting salary of £21,700.

    Article / Feb 27, 2015
  • Commenting on the Conservatives record on immigration, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

    "I said to David Cameron he shouldn't make the commitment because it was inevitable he was going to break it because you can't control the net figure.

    "They made that commitment - we said we were not going to do it as a coalition government .. and they are now going to have to suffer the embarrassment.

    Article / Feb 26, 2015
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    Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show the highest level of pension saving since records began in 1997.

    Pension membership has risen across all age groups. The figures underline the success of automatic enrolment, where workers are automatically placed in a pensions scheme.

    To date the programme has brought more than five million workers into a pension scheme.

    Article / Feb 26, 2015
  • Scottish Liberal Democrats have said the Chief Constable must to listen to frontline police officers after a critical independent report today revealed that the morale of police officers in Ayrshire was being damaged by constant pressure to conduct stop and searches.

    An HMICS inspection of Police Scotland's Ayrshire division said: "Whilst we acknowledge KPI and performance targets are strongly reinforced in the division we noted that some officers and staff felt that the emphasis on targets had unintended consequences." It went on to note that officers within the force felt that the use of stop and search was prioritised disproportionately over other valuable police work that was not measured.

    Article / Feb 26, 2015
  • This morning I announced the results of the first auction for green energy generation. The results are impressive - more clean energy at lower costs.

    Thanks to this first renewable electricity competition of its kind, I have offered contracts to 27 renewable energy projects across the UK. Enough to power 1.4 million homes and save the equivalent carbon emissions of taking 2 million cars off the road.

    Article / Feb 26, 2015
  • Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced an extra £500,000 to provide support for veterans in Colchester.

    Vulnerable ex-military service men and women in Colchester will benefit from the Veterans Pathway which will help them full reintegrate back into civilian life.

    Veterans Pathway is a consortium established to provide 65 units of temporary, supported and independent accommodation for ex-service men and women most in need.

    Article / Feb 26, 2015
  • Liberal Democrat Minister for Energy & Climate Change Ed Davey has announced plans for 27 renewable electricity projects which together could power 1.4 million homes, comparable to the number of households in Wales.

    If built, these projects could support thousands of green jobs, bolster energy security and cut the cost of renewable electricity.

    Article / Feb 26, 2015
  • Jobseekers have taken part in more than 469,000 voluntary placements through Jobcentre Plus since January 2011, according to new figures published today by the Department for Work and Pensions.

    Around seven in ten participants were young people able to gain skills and experience to help them move into paid work. Accordingly, the number of young people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance is now at its lowest since the 1970s.

    Article / Feb 25, 2015
  • Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrat Willie Rennie MSP has sought to rally support from MSPs against the SNP's worrying plans to create a super ID database.

    Mr Rennie tabled a motion in parliament today as the Scottish Government's controversial consultation on the plans drew to a close.

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have raised concerns that the database would be intrusive, costly and would increase the power of the state. The party has already put forward a list of parliamentary questions to SNP ministers amidst concerns that the appropriate work hasn't been undertaken to identify the full risks.

    Article / Feb 25, 2015
  • Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that fault lies squarely at the SNP Government's door for a crisis in Scotland's hospitals which has resulted in thousands of beds being blocked by patients clinically able to leave hospital.

    Figures revealed today showed that in December last year, despite the NHS in Scotland catering for a tenth of the population of England, the number of bed blocking days represented a quarter of that of England's. 31,610 bed blocking days were reported in Scotland, with two NHS Grampian hospitals accounting for a tenth of all delayed discharges.

    Article / Feb 25, 2015