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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: Sep 1, 2014

    Liberal Democrats in government are delivering free school meals for all infant school pupils - now we plan to go one step further and extend the scheme to all primary school pupils.

    Following evaluation of this policy, the free school meals scheme would be extended, as resources allow, while ensuring that school food standards apply to all schools, including free schools and academies.

  • Article: Sep 1, 2014

    The Liberal Democrat manifesto will include plans for five new laws to protect the environment, it has been announced today.

    The manifesto plans include include legal targets for clean air and water, an end to dirty coal power stations and an ambitious decarbonisation target for the electricity sector.

  • Article: Aug 31, 2014

    Households could save at least £100 a year by improving the energy efficiency of their homes, under Lib Dem manifesto plans announced today.

    The Liberal Democrats would reward people who improve the energy efficiency of their homes by giving them a council tax discount and slashing their energy bills - a double bill cut.

  • Article: Aug 31, 2014

    Spreading opportunity through education will be at the heart of the Liberal Democrat pre-manifesto.

    The 80-page document will form the backbone of the party's 2015 election campaign.

    The party's focus will be a 'manifesto for the next generation' with a host of policies aimed at improving the life chances of children and young people.

  • Article: Aug 31, 2014

    On Wednesday 3 September, Liberal Democrats will launch their pre-manifesto, which will form the backbone of the party's general election platform.

    The party's focus will be a 'manifesto for the next generation' with a host of policies aimed at improving the life chances of children and young people. Read Nick Clegg's foreword to the pre-manifesto below.

  • Article: Aug 30, 2014

    Liberal Democrats will give fathers an extra four weeks paternity leave under manifesto plans announced today.

    Currently fathers are entitled to two weeks paternity leave but the Liberal Democrats want to go further and dedicate an extra four weeks exclusively to fathers. This will increase the protected paternity leave for dads to six weeks.

  • Article: Aug 29, 2014

    Claims made by nationalist leader Alex Salmond have caused SNP promisesWillie RennieWillie Rennie to transform free childcare to fall apart barely hours after they were made.

    Speaking on Good Morning Scotland, Mr Salmond brought the viability of his white paper promise under further doubt after he said that the policy would be funded both through women returning to work and through savings made as part of his independence plans.

    The comments contrast the nationalists' previous position that the policy would be wholly self-funding yet refused to publish any modelling showing a direct link between the two.

    Speaking whilst on a tour of the Highlands today, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said the shifting sands of the nationalists' promises showed they will say and do anything to achieve their independence plans.

    Mr Rennie said:

    "Alex Salmond's claims have thrown doubt on his party's promises on childcare barely hours after they were made. He expects every single parent in Scotland to believe his childcare plan is credible but behind the shiny promise there is no substance.

    "First they refused to show us any credible modelling showing exactly how the policy would be self-funding. Today he says that his plans would be delivered from savings in the white paper - the money from which he has already allocated many times to many different policy pledges. This is the stuff of nonsense and parents deserve better.

    "The shifting sands of the nationalists promises shows that they will say and do anything to achieve independence. While Alex Salmond causes the SNP's own policy to crumble, he still hasn't set out any real plan to tackle the £6 billion of spending cuts or tax increases which the independent IFS says an independent Scotland would need to continue to deliver public services.

    "People are already voting in this referendum and still Alex Salmond is making promises which stand in the way of fact. How will this policy be funded? People deserve more than a single page in the white paper setting out vague numbers. As part of the UK, we can shape our own policy on childcare whilst sharing risk and reward across the UK. Alex Salmond should tell voters why they should risk that opportunity."

  • Article: Aug 29, 2014

    Liberal Democrat and former teacher Gerry Keating has been elected new councillor in North Jesmond (Newcastle Upon Tyne).

    Cllr Keating won by a landslide over a field of four other competitors, with more than 50% of the votes.

    The Lib Dems gained 711 votes at this by-election, beating Labour, who lost over 250 votes. The Conservative candidate gained 117 votes. The UKIP candidate had 112 votes, and the Greens garnered 94 votes.

  • Article: Aug 28, 2014

    Our third and final day in India began with an early rise of 5.15am so we could make the long journey to Southern India - myself to Bangalore to try to better understand India's 'Silicon Valley' and for Ed to visit Hyderabad to continue his energy and climate change discussions.

    After arriving at Bangalore's impressive new airport, our first stop was the Airbus India facility in one of the hubs of the city's IT sector. This Airbus site isn't where they actually build the planes - a lot of that happens in the UK - but it instead focuses on the hi-tech modelling, testing and simulation of civil aircraft.

  • Article: Aug 27, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie will tell an audience inWillie RennieWillie Rennie Edinburgh this evening that Scotland's global reputation would be trashed if the nationalists follow through on their threat of defaulting on Scotland's share of the UK debt.

    The remarks comes after Finance Secretary John Swinney confirmed that his party would default on an independent Scotland's share of UK debt if it did not get its way on a currency.

    Speaking at an event with leading members of the Edinburgh Asian community, Mr Rennie will say:

    "One of the first acts of a newly independent Scotland would be to tell the rest of the world we were defaulting on our debt. This would trash our global reputation before we'd have time to raise the saltire up the flagpole outside St. Andrews House.

    "You don't have to be an economics professor to know that refusing to pay your mortgage comes with consequences.

    "The price of the default will be high with the international markets refusing to trust an independent Scottish Government that it will repay future debts.

    "That is why I want Scotland to stay part of the UK, where we can share risk and reward across broader shoulders. This position is in stark contrast with the nationalists reckless passion for their independence plans.

    "Increasingly desperate nationalists are now resorting to idle threats that could cost Scotland dear. Their passion for their cause blinds them to the consequences of their position.

    "Refusing to take on an independent Scotland's share of the debt would look like and smell like a default. Those are not my words but the words of Crawford Beveridge, Alex Salmond's currency advisor.

    "We may not like it, but the powerful forces that are the international money markets would see John Swinney's refusal as a default. And with that comes consequences which the nationalists have not addressed.

    "If on day one of an independent Scotland Alex Salmond refused to shoulder our share of debt, the international markets would eat us alive. It would be families, employees and businesses across Scotland who would pay the price with higher mortgage bills, credit card payments and personal loan charges.

    "Only today, 130 businesses raised their concerns about the nationalists independence plans. 130 employers, who all play a significant role in driving our economy forward and creating jobs in fishing, mining, food, whisky and technology sectors. It would be foolish and reckless for the nationalists to brush off their concerns.

    "It would foolish for the nationalists to make an assumption that their position in government outranks the experience of 130 employers operating in Scotland as part of the UK. It would be reckless for the nationalists to seek out comfort in their own voices whilst the employers of hundreds of thousands of people across Scotland demand answers to unanswered questions in currency, tax and pensions.

    "Anything short of detailed answers from the nationalists on these crucial concerns about their plans can only spell bad news for employees and businesses."