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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 1, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has announced details of a plan to raise an extra £1bn from a supplementary corporation tax charge applied to banks to help finish the job of eliminating the deficit.

    The supplementary charge will be in addition to the existing Bank Levy.

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    Article: Mar 1, 2015

    Liberal Democrats have set out plans to double the UK's production of renewable electricity by the end of the next parliament and make Britain zero carbon by 2050.

    This would end the UK's adverse impact on climate change for good.

    In government the Liberal Democrats have already more than doubled the amount of electricity from renewables.

  • Article: Feb 27, 2015

    Speaking at the Welsh Liberal Democrat Spring Conference in Cardiff, Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said that the Welsh NHS could benefit from up to £450m extra under his party's plans.

    Accusing the Labour party of failing to support Wales' health service, Nick argued that this extra investment can be used, amongst other things, to support Kirsty Williams' pledge to increase the number of nurses on hospital wards.

  • Article: Feb 27, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Peer Jeremy Purvis has today welcomed the successful progress though the House of Lords of the Lib Dem Bill to enshrine the UK's aid spending target in law.

    The Bill, which was proposed in the Commons by Michael Moore MP and which would ensure 0.7% of the UK's Gross National Income is spend on international aid, cleared its Report Stage despite sustained pressure from a small minority of Peers set on derailing the proposals.

  • Article: Feb 27, 2015

    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 26, 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.

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    Article: Feb 26, 2015

    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.