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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: Mar 31, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has slammed the cat and mouse games played by Police Scotland following the publication of a damning independent report into stop and search by HMICS today.

    The report, which began its investigations in October last year, revealed:

    · The data on the consensual stop and search of children, recategorised after it was released to the BBC, continues to be incorrect. Contrary to the assurances given to Parliament, 83 children, rather than 18, were searched in contravention of force policy between June and December 2014.

  • Article: Mar 31, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has slammed the cat and mouse games played by Police Scotland following the publication of a damning independent report into stop and search by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland today.

    The report from HMICS, which began its investigations in October last year, revealed:

  • Article: Mar 31, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats will continue to build a stronger economy and a fairer society for Wales, Nick Clegg has said today as he launches the Welsh Liberal Democrats' General Election campaign.

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    Speaking ahead of a visit to Panasonic Manufacturing in Cardiff Central with Jenny Willott and leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats Kirsty Williams AM, Nick Clegg said:

    "Liberal Democrats will continue to build a stronger economy and a fairer society for Wales. We'll build on our work in Government to deliver economic growth that benefits all of the UK.

    "The Tories and Labour's over-reliance on the financial sector in London didn't deliver for Wales. With our relentless focus on manufacturing and apprenticeships, we are showing a new way doing things.

    "Labour's poverty of ambition held us all back for too long; in contrast we've delivered over two million apprenticeships so everyone has an opportunity to make a success of their lives. Over the next parliament, we'll build on this apprenticeship revolution.

    "Both Labour and the Tories are a threat to our strong economic recovery. The Tories want to cut, cut and cut - not because they have to but because they want to. Labour's addiction to borrowing and debt will risk our recovery. Put simply: the Liberal Democrats will borrow less than Labour and cut less than the Conservatives - guaranteeing an economy that delivers for everyone across the UK."

  • Article: Mar 31, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Scotland spokesperson Alistair Carmichael today (31 March 2015) challenged other parties to match Liberal Democrat funding ambitions for Scotland's NHS as he joined Gordon candidate Christine Jardine on the campaign trail in the North East.

    Speaking after meeting staff at a local business, Mr Carmichael said that the £800 million per year coming to Scotland under Liberal Democrat plans would particularly benefit health boards like NHS Grampian which have been short changed by the SNP.

  • Article: Mar 31, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Economic spokesman Danny Alexander has welcomed the upward revision in GDP and business investment figures for 2014, saying that they are evidence that the Liberal Democrat recovery plan is working.

    The numbers show that business investment increased by 7.5 per cent in 2014, the highest rate since 2007.

  • Article: Mar 31, 2015

    At a press conference today, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg issued a stark challenge to David Cameron and Ed Miliband, asking them to answer one simple question: "Will you, or will you not, give the NHS the £8bn a year by 2020 that it needs and tell us how you plan to fund it?"

    Only the Liberal Democrats will give the NHS the funds that doctors have asked for. Our manifesto plans include £8bn a year by 2020 for the NHS, with £3.5bn dedicated to improving mental health services.

  • Article: Mar 31, 2015

    The Conservative job creation plans have been branded as "totally meaningless", given their aim to let company bosses fire workers at will.

    We already know what a Conservative jobs plan looks like. In government the Lib Dems blocked them allowing businesses to fire workers at will. They now plan savage cuts for the working age poor only to the benefit of very wealthy pensioners.

  • Article: Mar 31, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats would spend £3.5bn more on mental health care in England over the next parliament.

    The money would be spent on revolutionising children's and adult mental health care including:

    • £250m over five years for pregnant women and mums dealing with depression. This would include eight new mother and baby units providing inpatient care for pregnant women and new mums and 40 new community services helping new mums adjust to life at home with a new born.
    • New waiting time standards for people in crisis and for conditions like bipolar disorder so that those who are ill know how long they have to wait.
    • Hundreds of thousands more people will get access to talking therapies for anxiety and depression.
  • Article: Mar 30, 2015

    Commenting on the launch of the Scottish Conservatives' general election campaign, Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate Michael Moore said:

    "The Tories have launched their campaign more than 20 miles away from the one seat they have a chance at holding at this election, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale.

  • Article: Mar 30, 2015

    Amid all the media noise around the start of the General Election campaign, let's not forget the extraordinary nature of this Government.

    The Coalition was formed at a a time of national emergency to rescue an economy on the brink of disaster. Most said it wouldn't last five months, let alone five years.