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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: Nov 26, 2014

    The rise of the so-called Islamic State in Syria and Iraq is one of the most serious and dangerous issues we have had to face since we came into Government. Whatever we call this organisation - IS, ISIL or Da'ish - we can't ignore their brutal activity. The graphic and disturbing images of violence coming from Syria and Iraq show the barbaric way this extremist group has perverted the Muslim faith.

  • Article: Nov 26, 2014

    Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Willie Rennie, has urged the new First Minister to set out a new agenda on mental health as she sets out her first Programme for Government tomorrow.

    At Scottish Liberal Democrat Autumn conference in Dunfermline this weekend, Mr Rennie revealed that Scottish Liberal Democrats are to call for a new law which would mandate the Scottish Government and Scotland's health service to ensure equal treatment of mental and physical ill health.

  • Article: Nov 25, 2014

    Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg announced that he will be establishing and chairing a new Mental Health Taskforce, which will include Cabinet Ministers from across the coalition.

    The Liberal Democrats have been campaigning on mental health issues for many years, with a focus on bringing treatment for mental health problems in line with physical health and ending years of discrimination.

  • Article: Nov 25, 2014

    Today, Liberal Democrat Minister for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey answered questions on the DECC Twitter about the impact of climate change and the actions that can be taken.

    Take a look at the questions and answers here:

  • Article: Nov 25, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has slammed SNP mismanagement of Scotland's health service after a series of new figures published today showed:

    • Fewer patients are being treated within the targeted 18 weeks between referral to first treatment. This has fallen from 91.1 percent of patients in June 2014 to 90.1% of patients in September 2014.
    • 56,252 patients in NHS Scotland were waiting for one of the eight key diagnostic tests and investigations. This is approximately 19% higher than 30 September 2013.
    • 91.0% of patients waiting for a key diagnostic test had been waiting less than six weeks. When comparing to the position at 30 June 2014 and 30 September 2013, this has decreased from 91.9% and 97.4% respectively
    • Performance against the SNP Government's new target of 95 percent of patients to be seen with four hours from arrival at A&E to admission has worsened. During the quarter ending 30 September 2014, the proportion of new attendances at A&E services across Scotland that were seen within four hours was: July- 94.6% ; August - 93.2% ; September - 93.5% ]
    • 5 health boards did not meet the new, lower target.
    • 242 patients spent more than 12 hours in A&E. This compares to 37 in the same quarter of 2013.
  • Article: Nov 25, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have criticised the Scottish Government over flagging performance against waiting times for Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

    Figures published today showed that the number of patients seen within 26 weeks has fallen below the 90 percent target achieved in December 2013 to 86.2 percent in the quarter ending September 2014.

  • Article: Nov 25, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have warned that health boards face a long winter after figures published today showed that during the quarter July to September 2014, 154,588 bed days were occupied by delayed discharge patients.

    This compares with 149,226 during the quarter April to June 2014 and 126,531 during the quarter July to September 2013.

  • Article: Nov 25, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has called on the Scottish Government to step up its support for mental health services after figures published today showed one in five patients face waiting of over 18 weeks to start treatment for psychological therapies.

    Figures showed that 81.3 percent of patients were treated within 18 weeks, which falls below the Scottish Government's HEAT target for 90 percent of patients to be treated within 18 weeks by December this year.

  • Article: Nov 25, 2014

    Yesterday, Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather's bill to tackle retaliatory evictions was published, ahead of its second reading on Friday.

    Commenting on the bill that will stop landlords evicting tenants who make a complaint about essential repairs or poor conditions in their homes, Liberal Democrat Minister for Communities and Local Government Stephen Williams said:

  • Article: Nov 25, 2014

    A new Populus survey reveals an appetite for action on climate change by the UK public.

    It showed that 73% of people want world leaders to agree a global deal and 66% think action must happen now.

    However, the survey also showed that just 40% of people recognise the potential impact of climate change on their lifestyle.